Sometimes it is the smallest cosmetic enhancements that make the biggest impact on a patient’s happiness and self image. A common facial plastic surgery procedure is blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery. It is often used to treat baggy skin under the eyes as well as improve the fold on the upper eyelid.
This is a very popular procedure among the Asian community for the upper eyelid. It can create a more defined fold in the upper eyelid giving patients a more refined look. The procedure is also popular in conjunction with other facial cosmetic procedures such as a brow lift or face lift.
The eyelid surgery procedure could take up to three hours and usually requires only local anesthesia. During the surgery, fatty tissue is removed and sometimes excess skin. The benefit of this procedure is the small scale of the surgery meaning faster recovery time. Most patients are able to return home in a matter of hours after the surgery is complete.
After blepharoplasty surgery and the anesthesia wears off, the doctor will often prescribe some type of medication for any pain or discomfort as well as antibiotics to ward off infection. The eyes will be lubricated after the surgery and the patient will receive care instructions for the duration of the recovery timeline.
The risks of complications is usually mild and common side effects of the surgery are tearing, itchy, dry eyes, burning eyes, blurred vision, double vision and light sensitivity. The lubricating drops prescribed by the doctor will help relieve these problems.
More serious complications include infection or allergic reactions to the anesthesia. By choosing a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon, the risk of any surgery can be reduced. Most complications can be minimized or prevented by a surgeon who exercises proper procedural care.