What is Eyelid Aesthetics (Blepharoplasty)

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What is Eyelid Aesthetics (Blepharoplasty)?

Eyelid aesthetics or blepharoplasty is a set of surgical procedures performed by a plastic surgeon to remove sagging skin and excess muscle tissue and to tighten the tissues around the eyes, applied to the lower and upper eyelids.

With the advancement of age, sagging of the skin naturally occurs due to the effect of gravity. Parallel to this process, findings such as bagging on the eyelids, loosening of the skin, discoloration, relaxation, and wrinkles occur.

Factors such as exposure to sunlight, air pollution, irregular sleep, excessive smoking and alcohol use accelerate the aging process of the skin.

What are the Signs of Aging of the Eyelid?

  • Crow’s feet lines around the eyes
  • Color change and bagging under the eyes
  • The appearance of a tired facial expression
  • Sagging of the eyelid skin and the occurrence of wrinkles
  • Having a drooping upper eyelid

At What Age is Eyelid Aesthetics  Performed?

Eyelid aesthetics are mostly performed by individuals over the age of 35. Because the signs of aging on the eyelids often begin to appear after these ages.

But it is possible for anyone with a medical need to have it done at any age. Surgery cannot stop the ongoing aging of the eyelids.

But it lasts for 7-8 years. After the operation, the tired facial expression of the person leaves its place to a lively and serene appearance.

What Should Be Considered Before Eyelid Aesthetics (Blepharoplasty)?

Before the surgery, if used, aspirin and derivative blood thinners should be discontinued one week before; Cessation of cigarette, alcohol and herbal tea consumption one week before will speed up the healing process.

How is Upper Eyelid Aesthetics Performed?

Upper eyelid aesthetics or droopy eyelid surgery, in short, is the process of removing excess skin and muscle tissue in the area.

An incision is made from the fold line of the eyelid so that the surgical scar is not visible.

It gives better cosmetic results when applied together with forehead lift and eyebrow lifting operations.

How is Lower Eyelid Aesthetics Performed?

The fat pads positioned on the cheekbones when young change their place downwards with the effect of gravity along with the aging process. This causes signs of aging in the form of collapse under the lower eyelid and deepening of the laugh lines around the mouth.

The aesthetic procedure for this fat pad is done endoscopically by suspending the pads in place. This application is done before any operation is performed on the lower eyelid.

It may not be necessary to perform any operation on the lower eyelid after the operation of hanging the fat pads in place. The lower eyelid is re-evaluated to see if there is bagging and sagging.

If these findings have not disappeared yet, lower eyelid surgery is performed. The surgical incision is made just below the eyelashes. The skin is lifted and the fat packs are spread to the under-eye pit, the excess skin and muscle are cut and removed, and the procedure is completed.

How Long Does Eyelid Aesthetic Surgery Take?

The procedure, which takes about 30 minutes for the upper lid, is mostly performed under local anesthesia. Some of our patients also experience drooping of the eyebrows, which is also caused by the effect of time.

In this case, brow lift surgery, which we call browpexy, is combined with upper lid blephroplasty and performed under general anesthesia in approximately 1 hour.

The lower lid blepharoplasty procedure takes approximately 1 hour under general anesthesia.

What is the Post-Surgery Recovery Process?

The patient is discharged the same day after the operation and it is recommended to apply ice to the suture areas after the operation. It is normal to see edema and bruising on the lids in the first week.

The patient can return to his daily life maximum three days after the operation. The eye is not closed after the operation. In about a month, the suture marks in the lid folds begin to disappear. The healing process may differ between patients.

What Should I Do After Eyelid Aesthetics (Blepharoplasty)?

After eyelid aesthetics (blepharoplasty), patients are usually discharged after a few hours of ice application and observation.

Intermittent ice application is recommended for 15 minutes per hour during waking hours, excluding sleep hours, for the first 2 days.

The ice does not have to remain on the lid for 15 minutes continuously, the application should be interrupted when the lid gets cold and cold. It is important to raise the head level with 1 or 2 pillows while lying down.

It is recommended to stay away from work that requires a lot of effort, sports, bending over and being very hot. After the first 48 hours, it is gradually returned to normal life.

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