During the aging process or due to heredity (family tendency), sloughing of the upper eyelids may occur, as well as bulging of the muscles and fat pads of the lower eyelids. This gives an impression of a greater age than we really have. It may seem we are feeling tired and sometimes interferes with vision by the weight of the fall of the skin and fat on the eyelids.
This procedure removes or repositions the fat, removes excess skin and muscle from the upper and lower lids providing a refreshing, youthful, rested and natural look.
Blepharoplasty does not correct crow’s feet or drooping eyebrows so this intervention may be combined with others such as head and neck and / or front facelift.
At your first consultation we assess overall health, skin characteristics, the degree of protrusion of fat pads and muscles, and if necessary we indicate a previous ophthalmologic evaluation. We indicate laboratory studies, preoperative cardiovascular assessment, withdrawal from certain drugs, such as aspirin 15 days before, certain vitamins, tobacco and alcohol.
This procedure is regularly performed under local anesthesia with sedation, in an outpatient setting or in the hospital if combined with other procedures.
Incisions are made in the natural creases of the upper lids and just below the lashes in the lower lids; the skin is separated from the fat and underlying muscles, we remove or reposition fat as appropriate, excess skin and muscle, and the incisions are closed with fine sutures or skin glue. Sometimes in young patients where there only is excess fat internally in the lower eyelids, we may perform subconjunctival blepharoplasty where the incision is placed inside the eyelid leaving no visible scar. After the procedure the eyes lubricated and cold saline solutions or chamomile tea are placed.
When the patient is released we will indicate the respective medication and postoperative indications of place, such as head elevation for several days, applying cold compresses of chamomile tea to promote loss of inflammation, avoid physical exertion, don’t put head down for a few days and additional indications that favor the speedy recovery of the patient.
Sutures are removed between 3-5 days; you can use hypoallergenic makeup from one week to hide the scars, which will be unnoticeable in 6-8 weeks. You can start your daily routine between 7-10 days after surgery.