Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic procedure aimed at removing fat, excess skin and muscle from the lower and upper eyelids. Puffy bags under the eyes and drooping upper lids can be corrected with the help of this eyelid surgery. Nevertheless, the procedure is not able to remove dark circles from under your eyes, sagging eyebrows and crow's feet.
Blepharoplasty is usually performed in combination with other facial surgeries, such as browlift and facelift. Blepharoplasty can improve your appearance and make you more self-confident. But, you should remember that the procedure is not able to make you look like your ideal or cause others to treat you in a different way. Before having the operation, it is necessary to think everything over and to discuss your expectations with the surgeon.
The best candidates for the procedure of blepharoplasty are men and women who are psychologically stable, physically healthy and are realistic in expectations. Most of the patients who have the operation are 35 or older. But, it is quite possible that some people have baggy eyelids in their family, so they can decide to have the operation when they are younger.
Some medical conditions make blepharoplasty more risky. First of all it is necessary to mention thyroid problems, such as Grave's disease, hypothyroidism, dry eye syndrome, insufficient tears, circulatory disorders, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. A detached glaucoma or retina can be a reason for caution. That is why it is important to consult your ophthalmologist before having the surgery.
While speaking about blepharoplasty morbidity rates it is necessary to mention the cases when the surgeon removes too much skin from the upper eyelid. In such cases the patient cannot close his eyes completely. In order to correct this defect another surgery is to be done. Another of blepharoplasty morbidity rates is the case when too much skin is removed from the lower eyelid. This defect shows too much of the sclera (the eye white). Blepharoplasty morbidity rates also include the extreme cases when the surgeon pulls down the lower lid too far. This defect reveals the underlying tissue. This ectropion risk may also require another corrective surgery.
While talking about blepharoplasty morbidity rates, it is useful to mention the cases when the ability of the eye to make tears can be affected. This leads to so called dry eye syndrome. This syndrome may be rather dangerous because it may damage the eye cornea and even cause vision loss.
Healing after the procedure is a gradual process. The patients are able to watch TV and read only two or three days after the procedure. The patients also cannot wear contact lenses for about two weeks. In addition, even later they may feel some discomfort for some time.
It is possible that the scars will stay pink for about six months or even more after the operation. As time passes, they will fade to a very thin and hardly visible white line. As for the positive results, including more youthful look, they can last for years. There are a lot of people for whom the results stay permanent.