All about Cosmetic Eye Surgery
Cosmetic eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is an operation to remove excess skin, fat and muscles from around the eyes to produce a more alert and youthful appearance. This cosmetic procedure can be formed on upper and lower lids, simultaneously or separately.
You will usually decide to have cosmetic eye surgery if you feel your age is showing in your eyes. This is because the skin looses elasticity as the muscles slacken. It may even get to a point where your vision is impaired. This does not only happen with old age, but it may be genetic. Everyone in your family might have “bags” under their eyes, but you have decided you do not wish to bare this “burden”.
Remember, as with any other cosmetic surgery such as liposuction for example, it is important to speak to your doctor beforehand about the results you are expecting. Again, your medical history should be clear to the doctor.
Before your eye surgery the cosmetic surgeon will examine your eyelids, your vision, your tear film, the front of the eye, your retina, the condition of your skin on your whole face and the position if your eyebrows and eyelids, which will also be measured.
The doctor will also tell you how you should alter your lifestyle before the eye lid surgery, and you will be told the same after the surgery. Once you are ready to go to the hospital you will have to sign a consent form stating you understand all the risks and so forth. Your cosmetic surgeon will have explained all this to you beforehand.
You will be put under general anaesthetic and the eye surgery operation will last between one and three hours. Usually this will be done on out-patient bases and you can go home the same day. However, the doctor may wish you to stay overnight so he can monitor you. Recovery is not long at all after a cosmetic eye surgery operation, but do not expect immediate results. You will have to ease back into your normal routine, and diet.
When you leave the hospital you should follow all orders the doctor has given. You will be supplied with painkillers for any discomfort experienced when the anaesthetic starts to wear off. If you follow all instructions you should recover quickly. If you experience any serious pain or discomfort be sure to go back to your doctor immediately! Your cosmetic surgeon will have told you about any risks possible and you should take these into consideration before deciding to go ahead with the surgery.