Eyelid surgery, scientifically referred to as blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure done to correct sagging, droopy eyelids and create a rejuvenated appearance. Under eye bags are also addressed during this surgery as blepharoplasty encompasses the correction of all issues involving the lower and upper eyelid. As we age, our skin loses its elasticity causing excessive skin to collect on our eyelids. Gravity and genetics also play a role in our appearance and some people are plagued by hooding of the upper eyelids that is so bad it affects their vision.
Who is a good candidate for eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery can be performed on men and women who are 35 and older. However, if sagging, droopy eyelids are genetic and effect you at a younger age, impairing your vision, you surgeon may decide to let you undergo this procedure. If you are in overall good health but have bulges of skin in the upper or lower eyelids, you are a good candidate for this procedure.
If you smoke you will need to quit at least two weeks prior to your eyelid surgery. Smoking hinders our body’s natural healing process by denying oxygen intake to the brain. You will also need to keep from smoking as you recover from your procedure to ensure optimal healing.
Finally, when you meet with your surgeon for an initial consultation, they will ask that you reveal any medications you are taking and your health history. This will also help them determine if you are an ideal candidate.
What does recovery from blepharoplasty entail?
Immediately following your eyelid surgery, you will need to take it easy. Your doctor will prescribe painkillers and, in some cases, antibiotics. It’s important that you only take what was prescribed/cleared by your doctor to treat your discomfort.
During the first week after your blepharoplasty procedure the area will be sore and tender. You can use a cold compress to help bring down the swelling and bruising. Light walking is allowed to ensure that you don’t remain completely sedentary as you recover. After about two weeks most people report that they are able to return to their normal activities and at this point you can resume wearing eye makeup.
Some people find that they are sensitive to light in the week following their procedure or experience irritated or dry eyes. Should this occur, contact your surgeon immediately so he/she can prescribe eye drops to help alleviate these symptoms.
What to look for in a surgeon
The Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (CSAPS) is the only recognized body in the country. Your surgeon must adhere to their strict code of ethics and conduct and also be board-certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Besides certification, schooling and experience you must feel comfortable with your surgeon. You should have a good rapport with your surgeon and trust them.
There are three important questions you need to ask potential surgeons to see if they’re capable of performing your eyelid surgery:
1. Where did you complete your training?
2. How many eyelid surgeries have you done?
3. How long have you been in practice?