Considering Eyelid Surgery – Substantial Introduction about Blepharoplasty
Updated: Dec 12, 2020
Thinking about personally undergoing eyelid surgery? Be highly informed and receive professional assistance by visiting Trillium Eye Care located at Port Credit, Mississauga.
We understand that an eyelid surgery is an important decision that needs professional advice that is why we highly encourage you to seek multiple professional opinions from various optometrists.
Here at Trillium Eye Care, we provide first-in-class eye care services with our highly experienced optometrists and opticians.
Comprehensive eye exams and eye-related procedures are done with our state of the art facilities and equipment. We take eye health seriously. Learn more about eyelid surgery and find out if you are an eligible candidate to go through with the procedure by scheduling an online appointment now.
What is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty or more commonly known as eyelid surgery, eyelift and eyelid lift, is the surgical removal of excess fat, muscle and tissue on the regions of the upper, lower or both eyelids for cosmetic purposes. In some cases, optometrists together with the advice of ophthalmologists, recommend eyelid surgery to improve vision.
However, health professionals often seek other alternative procedures with lower risks because eyelid surgery is a major procedure that posts high levels of potential complication. Always ask for as many professional opinions as possible before seriously considering blepharoplasty.
Blepharoplasty improves the appearance of:
Puffiness of upper eyelids due to fatty deposits
Loose upper eyelid skin that appears to be sagging
Excessive amount of fatty deposits in the lower eyelids that resemble a bag or more commonly known as “eye bags”
Drooping lower eyelids
Wrinkles on either or both eyelids
Blepharoplasty is also recommended to:
improve vision in some cases, especially when the upper eyelids sag excessively
Who performs an Eyelid Surgery?
Optometrists and ophthalmologists: Eye care professionals that substantially check if a person is qualified to undergo an eyelid surgery. They specialize in eye health with much consideration for surgical care and treatment of eye complications, conditions and diseases.
Plastic Surgeons: Facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons or Head and neck plastic surgeons
Facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons – specialize in performing reconstructive procedures on the face namely, the eyes, ears, nose and throat.
Head and neck plastic surgeons – They initially train as otolaryngologists specializing on eyes, ears, nose and throat prior specializing in performing reconstructive procedures on the head down to the neck.
How is Eyelid Surgery being performed?
Undergoing an eyelid surgery usually gives off a more rested and rejuvenated look among its patients. But another key goal of the procedure includes hiding scars from visibility. With this, plastic surgeons usually conduct incisions on the creases of the eyelids. Another method is called transconjunctival blepharoplasty, which performs the incisions on the interior linings of the conjunctiva. This procedure significantly hides scars from outside view.
Excess fat, tissue or muscle is then removed from the eyelid to accentuate a more firm and revitalized eye.
What makes a candidate eligible for an Eyelid Surgery?
Individuals who do not possess any serious eye condition
Individuals who have no allergic reaction to anesthesia
Individuals who can control their smoking habits, preferably nonsmokers (smoking impairs any physical healing process of the body)
What to ask your doctor regarding Eyelid Surgery?
During each medical session with your health professional, make it a point that you will be confident enough to ask all your questions, answer diligently and raise any concern with your doctor as thoroughly as possible. Write and prepare everything down if you have to, because exchange of information between you and your health care provider, together with a comprehensive eye exam, will determine whether if you are fit to undergo eyelid surgery. If you happen to miss out any detail or concern, be sure to address this on your follow up sessions and confirm everything before proceeding with the surgery.
Be sure to address these information and questions with your doctor:
State your medical history, medical conditions and allergies as accurately as possible.
Discuss your vitamin and supplement intake thoroughly.
Ask your doctor to discuss the expected outcome of the procedure as detailed as possible.
Ask your doctor to provide before and after photos of the expected outcome of the procedure.
Ask your doctor to provide contact numbers in case of emergency.
When and where will you be performing my surgical procedure?
Are there any other alternative procedures I can take aside from eyelid surgery?
What would I look like post-surgery?
What type of eyelid surgical procedure are you going to perform on me?
How long will the procedure take?
How long will it take for me to recover?
When is my next follow up after the surgery?
What restrictions should I take note of after my surgery?
How can I properly clean my incision wounds?
When can I take a bath after my surgery?
When can I return to work?
What activities should I avoid?
When should I contact you when I’m feeling discomfort or pain?
Will I be needing any further assistance that I cannot do by myself after the surgery?
What are the potential risks and complications of Blepharoplasty?
Undergoing eyelid surgery is a major surgical procedure that needs crucial decision-making. It is very important to weigh in the potential advantages and disadvantages and expected outcome. Are you willing and prepared to take the potential risks that come with the procedure? Are you knowledgeable about these potential risks and complications? If so, how prepared are you in handling them?
Potential risks and complications that come with Eyelid Surgery:
Bruising on and around the eye area
Sudden bleeding of incision linings
Visibility of scar/s
Persistent occurrence of pain
Lid lagging, sudden pulling down of the eyelid (temporary)
Change in vision that may or may not be temporary
Very little possibility of blindness
Numbness around the affected area
Chance of revision surgery
What to expect after your Eyelid Surgery?
Your doctor will give you instructions on what to do post-surgery. You might need a guardian around a few days after your procedure to assist you with some of the recovering process. Follow your doctor’s instructions obediently to optimize results.
Although it is expected that the procedure will be positive, it is still not a guarantee that it will be 100% successful. Follow up surgeries might take place after your initial procedure.
Patients are expected to have conveniently recovered and can come out to the public after two to three (2-3) weeks from the date of the procedure. Although it will take at least a month for a full recovery.
Always remember to gently take care for the incision wounds. Never apply pressure or abrasion on the affected areas during the healing process.
Considering eyelid surgery personally? Seek professional opinion and get expert advice by visiting Trillium Eye Care here at Port Credit, Mississauga! We have a team of highly experienced and skilled eye doctors that can provide you with vital information you need to be able to decide better. Ready to talk about your eligibility for an eyelid surgery? Schedule your appointment online now.