What Can You Expect From Blepharoplasty?

The eyelids, through mere skin folds, play a significant role in our appearance. They cover the anterior portion of the eyes and protect dust, dirt, and other foreign bodies by housing the tear ducts that lubricate the eye. They are connected to the eye muscles that open and close the lid playing an essential role in our ocular movements. At times, irregularities in the functioning of these muscles can cause the lids’ asymmetrical look, resulting in one eye looking smaller or more significant than the other. With other eyelid problems, either congenital, acquired, or traumatic, this can interfere with your visual function and hamper your aesthetic look. If not resolved through medications, this can necessitate the need for Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery).


What is Blepharoplasty?


Termed eyelids lift by several persons, Blepharoplasty surgery caters to various other functions apart from raising the eyes. Both upper and lower eyelids are equally involved in your cosmetic appearance and the healthy part of an eye. With age, the muscles involved in eye movements slacken. This results in wrinkling of the skin due to loss of elasticity. The fat layer beneath the skin that cushions the eyeballs is affected, resulting in bagginess of the eyes. Blepharoplasty is an invasive eyelid surgical procedure that corrects all these deformities with improving your aesthetic appearance.


What To Expect in The Initial Consultation?


The first step in going forward with eyelid surgery is an initial consultation with your ophthalmologist or ocular surgeon. A complete ocular examination is conducted post noting down your ocular history. While confiding to the surgeon about your ocular history, it is essential to mention the details about your symptoms. Explain in brief your previous surgeries, systemic conditions of the body, allergic conditions with any other detail that might impact your blepharoplasty surgery. A thorough slit lamp examination precedes this. If required, the retina evaluation is also completed to ensure the general ocular condition and your eligibility for eyelid surgery. 

Usually, Blepharoplasty surgery is a good option if the droopy eyelids interfere with your peripheral vision or hamper your self-esteem through your body image. Apart from this, excess skin over your upper and under your lower lids is also removed through this eyelid surgery. 


Why Go For Blepharoplasty Under Dr. Bizrah?


Dr. Bizrah is one of the world’s leading cosmetic surgeons, with several transparent glowing testimonies to his excellent surgical skills. He has performed Blepharoplasty procedures on over 7000+ European and Non-European patients in his London and Dubai clinics. He also holds the most extensive operative video library to educate his patients and offer a glimpse of his advanced methods of treating complex Blepharoplasty cases with ease. 


Types Of Blepharoplasty Surgery 


Depending on the portion of the eyelid undergoing a surgical correction, Blepharoplasty surgery can be categorized into three types:


● Eyelid Lift 


An eyelid lift or Ptosis surgery refers to the correction of a droopy lid due to muscle imbalance. You can be born with ptosis or acquire it later in life. If left uncorrected in children, ptosis can lead to a lazy eye caused by the lids blocking the visual pathway and permanently impairing visual developments. Ptosis surgery or Eyelid lift surgery is also done to get younger-looking eyes that don’t look tired.


● Upper Blepharoplasty


Upper Blepharoplasty, like Ptosis surgery, also modifies the upper lid. But ptosis surgery is about the muscles of the eye. Upper Blepharoplasty surgery only modifies the skin of the eye without impacting the muscles in any manner. It is usually conducted to reduce the bagginess of the eyes and give them a younger-looking appearance.


● Lower Blepharoplasty


Lower Blepharoplasty surgery is usually done to get rid of wrinkles, puffiness, and eye bags that affect the overall look of the face. Sometimes lower Blepharoplasty is done to manage Entropion (inward turning of the lids) or Ectropion (Outward turning of the lids). Both conditions cause a lot of discomfort to the patient. Surgical correction helps provide surgical relief to the patient.


What To Expect Before Eyelid Surgery?


Prior to your eyelid surgery, the surgeon will ask you for a detailed diagnostic test followed by noting the measurement of your lids. Photographs will be taken of either eye and different angles of the lids to help for a detailed blepharoplasty before and after comparison. A detailed measurement of the amount of lid lag, distance from the upper lid to the lower lid, and other vital measurements are taken by your surgeon during this time.

Eyelids and their problems differ from person to person. Some people have a prominent eyeball that masks the droopiness of the lids to some extent, while some have a shallow eyeball that elevates the level of droopiness. Detailed measurements are a crucial part of Blepharoplasty and vital to a successful eyelid surgery recovery plan.

A few weeks before the Blepharoplasty, you are required to give up smoking. The use of certain medications like blood thinners, certain herbal supplements, and anti-inflammatory drugs are also prohibited two weeks before the procedure. If required, your lacrimal passages are checked for signs of obstruction to avoid any complications during eyelid surgery. On the night before the surgery, you are instructed to avoid food after midnight for the proper functioning of the anesthetics during the surgery.


On The Day Of Surgery

On the day of the surgery, you are required to reach the clinic on time to prepare for the procedure that begins 30-45 minutes before the actual surgery. You are made to change into loose-fitting surgical garments. Your entire face and ocular region are cleaned with sterilized antiseptics. Anesthetics are administered, and the lid region is marked for the convenience of the ocular surgeon.

Depending on the type of Blepharoplasty, the surgeon will make incisions on the upper or lower eyelid. For the upper eyelid, a single incision over the crease of the lid can help in the removal of excess fat or repositioning of fat, tightening of the muscles with the removal of the excess skin causing unaesthetic folds. For the lower lid, the incision is made in the lower lash line. Excess skin is removed, and excess fat is repositioned as per the plan of the surgeon. Sometimes a transconjunctival incision is made on the inside of the lid for fat removal. This results in the correction of lower lid conditions without any skin removal.

Post-surgery, your incisions are sealed with sutures or surgical glue. Your eyes are bandaged and attached with a protective cover. You are removed to the ward, where your parameters are monitored till your anesthetic effects wear off


Blepharoplasty Recovery Time


You will not feel any pain during the surgery itself because of the effects of the anesthetics. Post-surgery, after your anesthetic effects wear off, there will be redness, inflammation, and discomfort. But with proper care and medications, these will easily wear off. You can go home the same day but will need someone to drive you home. Driving will need to be off-limits for some time after the surgery. Doing heavy work, showering, exercising, and swimming will also need to be avoided for a week or two post Blepharoplasty.

One week after the surgery, your sutures will be removed. Your inflammation will have subsided by now, and you can see the effects of your surgery. Sometimes additional lasers and Botox injections are required post Blepharoplasty to lessen the surgical scars or enhance the lid position. These requirements are specially made if the Blepharoplasty is being performed for cosmetic reasons.


Results of Blepharoplasty


Results of Blepharoplasty are usually long-lasting. You can join work immediately after your surgery as the effects will be prominent in the second week itself. For ptosis correction, the healing takes a few months depending on the surgery, the severity of conditions, and patient requirements from the procedure. But the effects are so minute that apart from you and your surgeon, no one would be able to notice any difference. It is important to wear protective glasses and avoid sun exposure to avoid any complications during the healing period. A healthy lifestyle and proper skin care will further the effects for a longer time.


Blepharoplasty Cost


Blepharoplasty cost varies from one case to another and depends on several factors like the type of Blepharoplasty, the severity of the condition, and the skill and experience of the surgeon. Blepharoplasty, like that of Ptosis correction, is usually more expensive than only skin correction. Undergoing Blepharoplasty on both upper and lower lid will cost more than getting only one part correction. Sometimes people with severe fat deposits and lid lag need extensive correction. This affects the final cost of the treatment. Most importantly, a good surgeon will minimize a lot of risks that can go wrong during an eye operation. Risks like lid tear, corneal damage, Endophthalmitis could surface with Blepharoplasty operation. However, an experienced surgeon like Dr. Bizrah will ensure that your surgery goes in a smooth manner, and you get the desired results in a short time without any additional corrections. Apart from these anesthetic costs, medication costs, follow-up charges, and inpatient charges add up to the total cost of the procedure.