Eyelid plastic surgery
The eyelid surgery is one of the surgeries most widely performed
in plastic surgery. It consists of the surgical correction
of skin excess and of fat bags in the eyelids, which make
the patient look older. Generally these symptoms take place
around the age of 30, but some people have them earlier because
of heredity. The patient must be aware that the effect of
the plastic surgery is only local, it does not provide rejuvenation
to the face. This can only be possible if blepharoplasty is
combined with other techniques, such as lifting, for example,
which aims at eliminating wrinkles. The scars are practically
imperceptible in eyelid plastic surgery. After cicatrisation
is complete, what occurs around the third month, they are
practically hidden among the natural skin folds. Prior to
this they can be concealed with make-up.
First of all there must be no make-up on the eyes on the day
of hospitalization. On the previous day, the patient must
not have any liquor or too much to eat. The patient must inform
the doctor about any medication that he/she is taking, and
must stop taking aspirin or any medication based on acetylsalicylic
acid during the 10 previous days to the surgery. On the day
of hospitalization the patient must carry sunglasses, for
they will be worn after surgery.
Blepharoplasty is a rapid and simple surgery. The doctor performs
an elliptical excision of the excess skin and also the fat
bags that appear both on the upper and on the lower eyelids
(normally, two on the upper part and three on the lower).
The location and shape of the elliptical incision may vary
in view of the edge of the eyes, according to the doctors
artistic sensitiveness and his aim. The quantity of removed
skin varies from patient to patient, but it is always larger
on the upper eyelids. Local anesthesia is used, combined with
a mild sedative in order to relax the patient. There are times
when the patient can go home right after the surgery, being
advised to rest for some hours, so that the swelling is smaller.
The patient must rest for 24 hours, all the while applying
iced water compresses with drops of a dilute water solution
of boric acid on the eyes. During the first days the patient
must always lie on his/her back, keeping the head high up.
The patient must not be exposed to the sun for a long period
of time for the first 30 days and must wear sunglasses when
outdoors. Pain is not usual during the postoperative period,
but should it occur, ordinary painkillers should be enough.
The stitches are removed after 72 hours.
The natural swelling starts decreasing from the forth day
on, but the final result can be verified only after the third
month. Light make-up can be worn after the tenth day, and
the patient can return to his/her normal activities after
the fifth day of the post surgery.
"The Regional Medicine Council doesn´t allow the exhibition of pre and postoperatory images".