What is blepharoplasty?
The blepharoplasty is a surgery of the eyelids that consists of resecting part of the skin of the upper eyelid left over or considered excessive, and drying the sachets of the lower eyelid that are normally out of place and that are seen as bulging, since they produce such bags unsightly lower eyelid.
For which candidate is blepharoplasty indicated?
It is usually indicated in those who have this excess of skin or bags. In most cases, the excess skin of the upper eyelid is usually associated with aging, while the lower eyelid bags are usually related to a hereditary type, since there is often a history of bags in the family. There are also secondary cases due to medications or diseases, but they are less common.
Where are the incisions made for blepharoplasty?
The upper eyelid is made following the line of the natural eyelid fold, so the incision is practically invisible. In the lower eyelid it can be of two forms, the first one inside the eyelid or transjuntival that does not leave any type of scar, everything goes inside, or on the outside following the lower flange of the eyelashes and it is also practically imperceptible.
What type of anesthesia will be used during the surgery?
The surgery is always performed in the clinic and in most cases local anesthesia and sedation are used. When only the upper eyelids are performed, a local anesthetic may be sufficient. And in people who are very apprehensive, very nervous or who do other complementary surgeries you can get to use a general anesthetic. Even so, with local anesthesia and sedation is very feasible.
How is recovery after surgery?
The recovery of the surgery is fast, since it is a very bearable intervention, so the patient can be incorporated into their daily life in a few days. Points are removed between 4 and 7 days. Some small bruises may appear that disappear progressively each week, and that the yellowish color they have can make up a week and facilitate a quick recovery.
What are the risks or contraindications that may arise after surgery?
In good hands, the most frequent complication is that the bruise may be more important than desired and last a little longer than expected. In unskilled hands, there may be complications of palpebral closure or even more serious, but it is rare and if done well, nothing should happen.