Who Is It For?
As eyelids are constantly subject to permanent movements, it is not surprising that it is one of the first areas where loosen skin appears. Fat deposits and skin folds are formed here, too. In consequence, the face looks tired and older than it actually is; in extreme cases the drooping upper eyelids may even obstruct normal vision, which is not only a cosmetic problem anymore. For people who feel that their eyes seem hooded, old or tired, upper eyelid surgery is a right procedure which can be performed alongside other facial cosmetic surgery procedures.
How Is It Done?
The eye lid surgery can involve either only upper or lower eyelids, or both at the same time. In the case of upper eyelids, the incision is made in the natural skin fold, in the case of lower eyelids it is made under the eyelash line. During the operation, excess skin and fat deposits are removed.
The eyelid surgery is performed under local anaesthesia or by client’s request under intravenous sedation, which is more comfortable because the patient sleeps during the operation. It takes approximately one hour. During surgery non-dissolvable stitches are used. The stitch removal is necessary after 7 - 10 days.
The client stays at the clinic overnight or can leave after the treatment upon request. Immediately after the operation cooling gel straps are applied. It is necessary to avoid bending forward, flounces and physical effort for one week after the operation. Immediately after the procedure it is important to rest. The ideal position is on the back, with the head and body slightly elevated, to reduce, as much as possible, any post-operative complications such as bleeding, haematomas or swelling.
Cooling with ice compresses also helps to reduce swelling, as well as medication that might be recommended by the physician. Bruising and swelling of the eyelids may last 1-2 weeks.
Back To Normal
If no complications occurred, it is normally possible to return to work and resume customary non-exercise activity within 7-10 days after the operation. Normal physical activity including exercise can be resumed after three weeks.
Scars fade after one to two weeks.
According to the client’s needs, the operation involves either the upper or the lower eyelids, or both at the same time. The operation might even be a part of a major surgical intervention, especially a face lift.