Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) Frequently asked questions
Why does the skin change?
Saggy upper eyelid is the most common sign of aging.
How your skin around your eyes will age will depend of course on many parameters:
The most important is your lifestyle and diet.
Genetics and other personal habits such as smoking.
Sun exposition and pollution.
Stress and weight fluctuations.
How does the skin change?
Aging is a natural process and the following skin changes do happen naturally:
Loss of elasticity.
Sometimes apparition of skin benign tumors.
The reduction of the elastin in the skin due to aging causes the skin to become loose.
Thinning of the epidermis causes the skin to become transparent.
Skin becomes more fragile and bruises easily.
Do I need a blepharoplasty?
The main signs of aging are the puffiness under the lower eyelid and droopy eyebrows. The skin looks loose and wrinkly losing its tone. You may consider a lower and/or upper blepharoplasty surgery if you are presenting symptoms such as:
Droopy upper eyelids
Droopy outer corner of the eye.
Hooded, crowded eyes
Bags or/and puffiness under the eyelids.
Loose lower eyelids are a major signs of aging called “Hound dog” look
What is Eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery or the so-called blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure to reduce the excess skin on the upper or lower lid to produce a youthful look. The procedure is also indicated sometimes to improve the vision by lifting the upper eyelid when it is causing obstruction of the view.
How is the Eyelid Surgery performed?
Often patients who come to Dr. Mounir desire to have blepharoplasty surgery in order to reduce the lower eyelid puffiness and the excess skin and fatty tissue from the upper eyelid area. Depending on your needs and your aging signs, during your initial consultation
Dr Mounir will discuss with you the adequate technique to achieve a very youthful look. For lower eyelid surgery patients with little bit eyelid puffiness, Dr Mounir might suggest a simple fat removal technique (trans-conjunctival approach), which is basically a scar-less technique.
However, for individuals with noticeable puffiness and excess skin, Dr. Mounir normally would suggest a more comprehensive technique (blepharoplasty combined with a canthopexy) that removes excess skin, fatty tissue and lifts the eyelids to achieve a youthful look. Here the scars are usually placed within the eyelid creases and are normally very discrete.
What happen after Your Blepharoplasty surgery?
Typically upper blepharoplasty is always performed under local anaesthesia, where a combined upper and lower blepharoplasty procedure is usually performed under a light general anaesthesia. After your eyelid cosmetic surgery has been performed, you will be discharged on the same day but you are not allowed to drive your self back home. You
should not experience any discomfort. You will need someone to assist you through the night after your surgery. You will be advised to use ice packs for the first 24 hours to reduce the swelling. You will experience some bruising and swelling in the treated area and you will be advised to use sunglasses to hide these temporary changes. Most Dr Mounir’s patients do return to work in about ten days.
Dr. Mounir often combines the following techniques to rejuvenate the upper or/and lower eyelids:
Upper Eyelid Lift
This procedure is designed to remove the excess skin and fat to improve the contour of the eyelid. After the surgery, the scar is naturally hidden whenever the eye is open. The upper blepharoplasty can seriously rejuvenate your look.
Lower Eyelid Fat Removal (Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty):
The transconjonctival approach or the so-called the “scar-less lower eyelid technique” is designed to remove the excess lower eyelid fat through an incision hidden inside the eyelid. The objective of this technique is to produce a fresher look but not a massive change.
Lower Eyelid Lift
The eyelid lift procedure is designed to remove the excess fat and skin through an incision placed just below the lower eyelashes. The incision is well hidden and normally is invisible once the scar has healed. The objective is to tighten and lift the lower eyelid to produce a youthful look.
Lower Eyelid Tightening (Canthopexy)
This procedure is designed to treat patients with more noticeable aging signs such as loose or droopy lower eyelids. The surgical objective is to lift and tighten the lower eyelid through only a small and discreet incision.
Eyelid Lift Done in Conjunction with a Forehead Lift
Often patients desiring facial rejuvenation in the eyelid and forehead area would need both eyelid lifting combined with a forehead or brow lifting in order to rejuvenate the upper face area. The objective is to lift and tighten the forehead to reduce the excess skin (wrinkles). The brows are typically lifted and the whole upper face is then rejuvenated.
As experienced specialist plastic surgeon, Dr. Mounir often offers different facial rejuvenation techniques to produce the best possible cosmetic outcome. To rejuvenate the forehead, He usually would combine eyelid tuck with forehead lift surgery, which would produce a more youthful look of the upper face areas. Patients between 60 and 80 years might also require a facelift to rejuvenate the lower part of the face too. Because every patient is different a personal consultation with Dr. Mounir is therefore necessary to help you determine which procedures are the most indicated for you.
Abel Mounir, MD is a cosmetic plastic surgeon with many years in practice. He offers a range of cosmetic surgical facial rejuvenation procedures. He is known to achieve a natural look. If you feel that you are presenting some aging signs that are affecting your appearance, you are welcome to contact the Manchester Cosmetic Centre to book an appointment with Dr Abel Mounir for a free consultation to discuss your concerns.