The eyes are often the first feature noticed when admiring the face. Considered the windows to the soul, the eyes are a means for expressing a mood whether they reflect joy, sorrow, anger or surprise. What about the eyelids? The lids above and below the eye are easy to overlook, however, they play a very important role in how the eyes come across.
The eyelids can be described as very delicate sections of skin that surround and support the eye. Their main role is to protect the eye from damage and to help eyes stay moisturized. Eyelids come in various shapes and can be single or double fold, which is determined by ones genetics and ethnicity.
Many people are opting to alter the cosmetic look of their eyelids in order to enhance their attractiveness. Some people wish to have their eyes appear rounder. Whereas some people are seeking to reverse the signs of aging. The aging process can take a real toll on the upper and lower eyes and it is quite common for lids to droop or sag as they lose elasticity. Often times the dropping of excess skin above the eye may begin to obstruct ones vision. Eyelid surgery has become the preferred method to fix problems such as these in order to achieve a desired look of beauty and youthfulness.
There are several methods of surgery that fall into the eyelid category. The type of surgical option you choose depends on which issue you wish to improve. Surgery can be done on either the upper or lower lid, or on both lids at the same time. It is best to discuss all options with your doctor before making a final decision.
*Upper eyelid surgery removes excess tissue and skin from the upper eyelid area; Tightens up sagging skin and restores a youthful appearance.
*Lower eyelid surgery removes excess skin and tissue that cause under eye bags while tightening the skin.
You will want to keep several days clear on your schedule for both the surgery and recovery time. Another person will need to drive you home after surgery is over, because you will still be groggy following the anesthesia. Also, it’s a good idea to have another person staying with you during that first night in case any complications arise.
Gather together items that will make your recovery more comfortable such as an ice pack, eye drops, clean washcloths, gauze pads and anything your doctor recommends.
The moment of truth arrives once the swelling has gone down. That is when you can look in the mirror and see the positive effects of your eyelid enhancement. Expectations are always high at this point. However, the reality is that your results may be dramatic or they may be mild.
The surgery is a success if you can see a noticeable difference in your appearance. The goal should always be to have your eyes looking refreshed and natural. That tired, droopy look is gone and the boost in confidence feels great.
Lower eyelid surgery lasts indefinitely. Surgery on the upper eyelids can last a good seven years.
The doctor will give you a local anesthetic that numbs the eyelid area so that you won’t feel any pain. You may also receive a sedative that is taken either orally, or given as an intravenous drip. In rare instances, the doctor will completely put a patient to sleep.
More than likely you will be awake during the entire procedure.
The doctor will make a precise incision on the eyelid. On the upper lid the incision is done inside of the eyelid fold – following its natural contours. For the lower lid the incision is done in the area directly beneath the lower eyelashes. An alternative method is to do the incision inside of the lower eyelid. This technique has the added benefit of having the incision being completely hidden from view.
The surgery is normally completed within a few hours.
You will need a few days to relax and let your face heal from the procedure. Mild bruising and swelling is normal for this procedure and the amount of swelling varies for each person. Placing an ice pack on your eyes will help ease the swelling and discomfort. You may also want to try placing green tea bags over the eyes.
Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions about taking only a certain type of over the counter pain medication. Aspirin and medications containing ibuprofen are not recommended because they act as blood thinners and stimulate blood vessels to bleed. Excessive bleeding is going to make healing more difficult.
Many people find that they can return to doing normal activities in 5 to 10 days after surgery. While recovering, it is important to get the amount of rest your body needs to heal completely.