Blepharoplasty in the Philippines

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What is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty or Eyelid Surgery, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the eyelids. Surgery can be performed on the upper lids, lower lids or both. Whether you want to improve your appearance or are experiencing functional problems, blepharoplasty can rejuvenate the area surrounding your eyes.

 

Indications

 

  • Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision
  • Fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the eyelids
  • Bags under the eyes
  • Drooping lower eyelids that reveal white below the iris
  • Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid

Candidates for Eyelid Surgery

Good candidates for blepharoplasty include:

 

  • Healthy individuals with no medical conditions that can impair healing
  • Nonsmokers
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic goals
  • If you have no serious eye conditions

 

Remember that the eyelids are part of the face. The appearance of a drooping upper lid may also be due to relaxation of the forehead skin and eyebrow. Sometimes stretching out of the upper eyelid muscle may cause a drooping eyelid. This is called eyelid ptosis and requires a different surgical treatment.

Your cosmetic surgeon will evaluate your facial anatomy thoroughly and will discuss what procedures might best remedy your concerns, for instance.

Consultation

During your blepharoplasty consultation be prepared to discuss:

 

  • Your surgical goals
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies, previous medical treatments and specifically any problems you have had with your eyes
  • Current prescription medications, including vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drug use
  • Previous surgeries

 

Your cosmetic surgeon will also:

 

  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Take photographs
  • Discuss your blepharoplasty options
  • Recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of eyelid surgery and any potential risks
  • Choose the type of anesthesia that will be used

Risks and Safety

The decision to have cosmetic surgery is highly personal and you will have to study the potential benefits in achieving your goals with the risks and potential complications of blepharoplasty. Therefore, only you can make that decision for yourself.

 

You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure and any risks and potential complications.

 

Possible eyelid surgery risks include:

 

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Bleeding from the incision lines
  • Dryness to the eyes
  • Lagophthalmos (Difficulty closing your eyes)
  • Ectropion, an outward rolling of the lower eyelid
  • Infection
  • Temporary or even permanent change in vision, and very rare chance of blindness
  • Changes in skin sensation or numbness of the eyelashes
  • Persistent pain
  • Possible need for revision surgery
  • Unfavorable scarring

 

In addition, these risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It is important that you address all your questions directly with your cosmetic surgeon.

Preparation

In preparing for blepharoplasty , you may be asked to:

 

  • Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding and bruising

 

For instance, blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) is performed in an accredited office-based surgical facility, a licensed ambulatory surgical center, or a hospital. Be sure to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you to and from surgery, and to stay with you the first night following surgery.

Procedure

A blepharoplasty procedure includes the following steps:

 

Step 1 – Anesthesia

Firstly, medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.

 

Step 2 – The incision

Secondly, the incision lines for blepharoplasty are designed so the resultant scars will be well concealed within the natural structures of the eyelid region. Upper eyelid can be corrected through an incision within the natural crease on the eyelid. This allows for removal or repositioning of fat deposits, tightening of muscles and removal of excess skin. Moreover, conditions of the lower eyelid may be corrected with an incision just below the lower lash line. Through this incision, excess skin in the lower eyelid is removed. Again, the excess fat can be repositioned or removed. Therefore, a transconjunctival incision, created on the inside of the lower eyelid, is an alternate technique to correct lower eyelid conditions and redistribute or remove excess fat. With this technique, no skin is removed.

 

Step 3 – Closing the incisions

Thirdly, and most importantly, eyelid incisions typically are closed with sutures or skin glue. Sutures are removed within one week. Your surgeon may also suggest use of a laser or chemical peel to reduce discoloration of the lower eyelids.

 

Step 4 – See the results

In conclusion, the results of blepharoplasty will appear gradually as swelling and bruising subside to reveal a smooth, better-defined eyelid and surrounding region, and a more alert and rejuvenated appearance.

Recovery

During your blepharoplasty recovery, lubricating ointment and cold compresses may be applied, and in some cases your eyes may be loosely covered with gauze, after your procedure is completed. You will be given specific instructions that may include how to care for your eyes, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your overall health and when to follow-up with your surgeon.

Initial healing may include some swelling, bruising, irritation, dry eyes and discomfort that can be controlled with medication, cold compresses and ointment. Irritation at the incision sites is also possible.

Therefore, be sure to ask your surgeon specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period.

 

  • Where will I be taken after my surgery is complete?
  • What medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?
  • Will I have dressings/bandages after surgery?
  • When will they be removed?
  • Are stitches removed?
  • When can I resume normal activity, exercise and return for follow-up care?

 

You must practice diligent sun protection and use darkly tinted sunglasses until the healing process is fully complete.

Results

What to Expect in Blepharoplasty

 

The results of blepharoplasty will be long-lasting. While there usually is little pain involved in this surgery, there can be swelling or bruising. Most patients are presentable to the public in 10-14 days. However, it may take a few months before final healing is completed.

While eyelid surgery can be expected to correct certain conditions permanently, you will continue to age naturally. For example, ongoing sun protection will help to maintain your results.

Although good results are expected from your procedure, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.

Following your post-operative instructions is essential to the success of your surgery. It is important that the surgical incisions not be subjected to excessive force, abrasion or motion during the time of healing

Before and After Pictures

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Before Surgery - Upper and LowerAfter Surgery - Upper and Lower