Blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery

Eyelid surgery: purpose, procedure and frequently asked questions

Nowadays eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is increasingly demanded, especially among people aged between 55 and 60 years.

With the passage of time and aging, the muscles and skin around the eyes, like those of other parts of the body, lose elasticity and firmness. In addition, fat also accumulates in this area. All this causes the eyelids to “fall” and have a swollen appearance, as well as the appearance of wrinkles, giving the face a very aged and tired look.

Therefore, the purpose of eyelid surgery is to effectively rejuvenate the area around the eyes through surgery, thus achieving, not only a much younger look, but also a great rejuvenation in general of the whole face.

In addition, if the upper eyelids are very fallen, they can hinder and reduce the patient’s vision, so in these cases this surgery is no longer just for aesthetic purposes, but also to improve the vision and quality of life of the patient.

What is eyelid surgery?

The way in which the upper eyelid is affected by aging is different from that of the lower eyelids: the upper eyelids are mobile parts of the body and are affected mainly by the excess of skin that “falls” over the eyes, while that the inferior ones are fixed parts and in them a greater quantity of fat is accumulated, causing the appearance of bags under the eyes.

For this reason, the techniques and procedures used in eyelid surgery are also different depending on whether the lower or upper eyelids are operated.

Surgery of the upper eyelids

In the case of the upper eyelids, excess hanging skin is removed and, if necessary, a part of the underlying muscle is also extracted and resected. If there is excess fat, it is also removed.

The necessary incisions during the procedure are made in the natural folds of the eyelids themselves, so that the scars are not visible.

Surgery of the lower eyelids

In the case of the lower eyelids, there are several different techniques that are used depending on the cases, as it is necessary to eliminate only the excess of fat (adipose tissue), or also the excess of skin and/or muscle.

  • In cases in which it is necessary to treat the skin, muscle and adipose tissue, a small total subciliary incision is made.
  • If only the excess adipose tissue needs to be corrected, two partial subciliary incisions are made.
  • In cases in which it is only necessary to treat a problem of excess adipose tissue and there is not excess of skin, the incision can be made transconjunctivally, that is, on the inner side of the eyelid, so that the scar will not be visible in any moment.

Frequently asked questions about eyelid surgery

Next, we answer some of the most common questions about eyelid surgery:

How much does eyelid surgery cost?

The cost of eyelid surgery varies depending on whether you operate only the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both (upper and lower eyelids). In our prices guide you can check the usual price of these treatments, contact us to obtain a more accurate estimation of the surgery price in your case.

Who can undergo eyelid surgery?

In general, any person who has an excess of skin or fat in the eyelids and, therefore, requires this surgery, either for aesthetic reasons and rejuvenation, or when the fall of the upper eyelids also hinders vision.

Although most patients who undergo this surgery are usually aged between 55 and 60 years, it is also performed in younger people with early appearance of bags under the eyes, for example.

Does eyelid surgery leave any scars?

No. In the case of surgery of the upper eyelids, the incisions are made in the folds of the eyelids, so that they are not visible.

In the case of the lower eyelids, when the technique used makes incisions in the inner part of the eyelids, they are never visible. And when the incisions are on the outside, they are made just below the eyelashes, so that while they heal (in a time of 3 to 6 weeks approximately) they are not noticeable either.

What kind of anesthesia is used?

The anesthesia used is usually local, although in those cases where it is also performed together with some other cosmetic surgery in the same intervention can be performed with general anesthesia, if the other surgery requires it.

How long is eyelid surgery?

The duration of the surgery can vary between 30-40 minutes and just over an hour, depending on whether only 2 eyelids (lower or upper) or 4 are operated.

When can I go home after surgery?

It is an outpatient procedure, so that after the eyelid surgery, resting a while and a review to make sure everything has gone correctly, the patient can go home that same day.

After the surgery, what care should I have during the postoperative period?

Your doctor will tell you in detail what care you should have during the days following the eyelid surgery. The usual indications include, for example, not making efforts in the days following surgery, and not using contact lenses for at least 2 or 3 weeks after surgery.

It is necessary to perform a postoperative review in the following 5 days after surgery.

In the first days after the intervention it is normal that some discomforts appear, among them a sensation of greater dryness or moisture in the eyes, but they disappear in a few days. It is also common that after the intervention appears some inflammation and/or bruises, which disappear completely in a couple of weeks approximately.

If during the intervention it was necessary to apply stitches, they are removed after a week. Within 3 to 6 months after surgery, the final results are fully visible.

Are the results of eyelid surgery permanent?

Depending on the case, the results may be permanent or last for many years, since in the long term the skin loses its elasticity again, so there is a possibility that with the passage of enough years the eyelids could “fall off” again.

Eyelid surgery at Vithas Xanit International Hospital

At Vithas Xanit International Hospital we have the best specialists in medicine and aesthetic surgery, including eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty treatments, which together with the best techniques and the latest technologies allow us to offer our patients the best results. Contact us if you want more information or make an appointment.