Eyelid surgery takes place in the lower and upper eyelids. In the process of eyelid aesthetic surgery, the aim is to provide ideal eye aesthetics by removing excess skin around the eyes and stretching the tissues around the eyes.
What are the Symptoms of Eyelid Aging?
- Drooping upper eyelid
- Low eye and hollow eye expression
- Thinning of the eyelid skin
- Bags under the eyes
- Dark color under or around the eyes
- Wrinkle on the eyelid
- Crow’s feet lines around the eyes
- Tired and dull facial expression
Why Do Eyelids Drop?
Eyelids may lose their elasticity with aging or environmental factors, and over time, eyelid drooping and eye bags may occur. This eye shape creates a low eye expression in the person and causes them to look older and tired than they are. All factors such as aging, intense exposure to sunlight, irregular sleep, excessive smoking and alcohol use, and air pollution are factors that cause skin aging. Familial genetic factors are also a reason for droopy eyelids. A droopy eyelid can also be congenital. Congenital droopy eyelids are called ptosis. With ptosis surgery, this problem is treated. A droopy eyelid can affect one or both eyelids.
What is Eyelid Aesthetics (Blepharoplasty)?
Like the eyes, which are one of the most prominent points on our face, the eyelids also attract attention, and unfortunately, the first effects of aging are seen around the eyes. Changes such as the loss of tightness of the eyelid structures, drooping of the eyelid, bagging in the form of dark circles, wrinkles occur in the shape of the eye. Eyelid aesthetic; In other words, blepharoplasty is a surgery planned to remove the excess skin and muscle tissue from the eyelids in an aesthetic way. The aim of this surgery is to save the person from the problem of drooping eyelids, to achieve the desired aesthetic appearance, and to increase the quality of vision that is blocked due to eyelid drooping. Eyelid aesthetic; It can be done for the upper eyelid, the lower eyelid, or both.
Why is Eyelid Aesthetics Performed?
Sagging of the upper eyelids may prevent the eyes from opening completely over time and may affect vision, or lower eyelid drooping may make the person unhappy with the baggy appearance it creates. Fat deposits in the form of lower eyelid droop or swelling of the eyelids, which reveal more of the white part in the eye, are also causes of eyelid aesthetics.
Upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty surgery can be performed for aesthetic or functional purposes to increase the quality of vision and to provide a younger and more vigorous eye shape. Depending on the person’s problem, only upper eyelid sagging or only lower eyelid repair aesthetics or both can be applied at the same time. Sometimes, eyebrow and forehead droop problems can also be seen with drooping eyelids. Eyelid aesthetics can be performed simultaneously with eyebrow lifting and face lift operations.
At What Age Can Eyelid Aesthetics Be Performed?
There is no age limit for eyelid surgery. If it poses a medical problem, eyelid aesthetics can be performed at any age. It is usually done after this age as it is a progressive problem after 35-40 years of age. Because the degree of deformation is lower at younger ages and this problem is mostly solved with non-surgical aesthetic methods. However, as age progresses, the degree of deformations such as droopy eyelids may increase and non-surgical interventions may be insufficient. In this case, the solution to eyelid sagging is eyelid aesthetics.
Who Can Have Eyelid Aesthetics?
Men and women of all ages who do not have serious health problems in their eyes, do not have diseases that prevent anesthesia, are unhappy with bags under the eyes or drooping of the eyelids, and whose vision quality is affected due to this sagging can have eyelid surgery.
How is Eyelid Aesthetics (Blepharoplasty) Performed?
Eyelid droop is a treatable problem. Eyelids have a more complex structure due to their anatomy. Therefore, it requires detailed planning and an expert surgical approach. In upper and lower eyelid surgery, the upper eyelids are usually shaped first. In upper eyelid aesthetics, an incision is made on the eyelid fold line and excess skin and fat are removed. Lower eyelid aesthetics is usually done just under the eyelashes. In patients who do not have excess skin, it can also be done with an incision in the lower lid. Very thin sutures are placed in this area. Thus, there is no trace of surgery.
Depending on the patient’s condition, local or general anesthesia is used in eyelid aesthetics. The duration of eyelid surgery may be prolonged depending on whether it is performed only on the lower or upper or both at the same time. In general, eye aesthetics for the upper lid takes 30 minutes, and eye aesthetics for the lower lid takes about 90 minutes. Adding other operations related to facial aesthetics may extend the time.
The patient is discharged after one day of hospitalization. After eyelid surgery, the eyes are not completely closed in the form of bandages. Only the operated areas are covered with dressing. This dressing tape does not obstruct the patient’s vision. After the surgery, there are thin stitches on the eyelid. These stitches are removed within 5 days after eyelid surgery.
Before Eyelid Surgery
First of all, you should inform your doctor about your general health, as eyelid surgery will be performed with anesthesia. If you have any health problems such as dry eye, glaucoma, allergies, diabetes, please share with your doctor. Indicate any medications you use. Some drugs may need to be discontinued a week before the operation, as it may pose a risk for eyelid surgery. A detailed eye examination is performed before eyelid surgery. In this examination, the entire eye area is evaluated. In addition to the examination, some laboratory tests may be requested. If you smoke, it is recommended to quit before eyelid surgery.
After Eyelid Surgery
After a 3-day rest after eyelid surgery, you can return to your social or business life. The recovery period after eyelid surgery is usually short. Complete recovery is achieved within 7-14 days. However, this may take up to 30 days depending on the nature of the patient. There may be slight swelling and bruising after eyelid surgery; but these swelling and bruises begin to disappear within a few days. To eliminate edema after eyelid surgery, apply ointments and cold compresses as directed by your doctor. Protect your eye area against hard impacts. Do not rub your eyes. Do not force yourself in sports for at least a week, do not lift heavy. You need to stay away from the pool and the sea for a while. There is no harm in taking a shower on the day of the operation. Do not drive for a few days. Protect your eyes from the sun and wind until full recovery is achieved. Large hats and glasses will help with this. Sleep with your head higher than your chest for a few days.