Upper Blepharoplasty is a type of surgery that corrects the excess skin in the upper eyelids.
As time passes by, the eyes start to appearing weary, feeble and aged. With Upper Blepharoplasty the surgeon improves the patient eye look, and he/she looks more refreshed and renewed. In Upper Blepharoplasty the excess skin and/or excess fat is removed, the eye opens substantially, without making clear that the person had surgery since the incisions heal very quickly.
In many cases, the problem is not simply based on the excess skin of the upper eyelids. The main problem lies in the point of the eyebrow. The eyebrow, due to the general loss of skin elasticity, is lowered and causes excess skin of the upper eyelid. Such cases are not rare and often go unnoticed and a simple blepharoplasty will not have satisfactory results.
Which is the correct position of the eyebrow?
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The most important points of an eyebrow position are:
All these criteria are important, in order to avoid major mistakes, as well as for plastic surgeons to be better guided when are called to decide which surgical application is the best. But every person is unique and should all be taken into account before deciding on an operation. In cases that the eyebrow is below the desired position, the doctor should perform a brow lift, while he is doing an upper blepharoplasty.
It is important to take photos before the operation, so the doctor can make his comments about them, with the applicant.
The following preoperative guide should be followed:
Patients that have glaucoma or dry eye, should not have Upper Blepharoplasty, because the surgery may exacerbate the disease. Also, patients with high blood pressure, heart disease or bleeding disorders are likely to develop serious complications during or after surgery.
The below operation can be held under local anesthesia and light sedation. The patient can return to his/her home on the same day, 2-3 hours after the operation since hospitalization is not necessary, but he/she must be accompanied by a relative when leaving the hospital.
Before the surgery, the surgeon designs the excess skin eyelid and decides the extent and the point of the cuts. Then the surgeon performs local anesthesia with a fine needle. The extra skin and fat are removed, if necessary, always based on the preoperative surgical plan. Most of the time the surgeon chooses the section to extend slightly outward in order to have a better aesthetic result because the wrinkle passes completely unnoticed. Finally, the surgeon sews the skin and places small dressings that don’t impede vision.
The patient is essential to visit the Plastic Surgeon one day after surgery for a first follow-up. During the first 48 hours after surgery, you will need to apply ice on the upper eyelid in order to avoid swelling and to recover as soon as possible. It is better not to bend and lift weights for the first48 hours after surgery. Medical drops can help the eyes for the first 48-72 hours. The stitches are removed 7 days after surgery and the patient can return to daily activities after 6-7 days.
The possible side effects or complications of Upper Blepharoplasty are the following:
With the proper surgical technique and proper postoperative follow-up, the complications are minimal.
Complications in plastic surgery operations are not common but it is necessary to be aware of them at the first appointment.
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