Blepharoplasty is a procedure used for genetically inherited of age-related eye deformations and the procedure usually takes between 30 and 90 minutes to complete.
This procedure does not requirement an overnight stay and is performed under sedation or local anaesthetic. There are no visible scars and the no pain is felt, most patient return to their normal routine immediately and the dressings are removed after 4-5 days.
HOW DO THE EYELIDS BECOME DEFORMED?
Either genetics or age related changes can give the patient a permanently tired look and aged expression, these changes can be reversed using Blepharoplasty.
The skin over the eyes is the thinnest on the body and is therefore the first skin to wrinkle. Over time, this deformation becomes exaggerated as the midface bones retract causing the position of the eyebrows, eyelids, eye muscles and the fat layer to change. Whilst short-term temporary procedures such as Botox can work, Eyelid Surgery is a permanent solution.
By removing the excess skin and herniated fat tissues, Dr Celikkaya can restore a younger livelier look for the eyes. Where excessive sagging of the eyelid has occurred impacting on the quality of the patients vision, this procedure can have a positive impact on the patients vision.
If required Dr Celikkaya will also use tissue transplants to support the eyelid and create a natural look. All incisions made during this procedure are hidden within the natural creases of the eyelid and remain invisible.
GUIDELINES FOR SURGERY
The following guidelines apply for all types of surgery.
Use of all blood thinners should be stopped (under guidance from Dr Celikkaya)
Smoking should stop from the date of the operation until 10-14 days after the treatment. Any activities that will increase blood pressure should also be halted.
You will be able to return home on the day of your surgery
As the area of where the incisions are made is not visible there will be no visible scars from the procedure
If both lower and upper eyelid procedures are performed together, the total operating time is around 90 minutes
Some swelling might occur but should subside within a few days
It is recommended that you rest for 2 days after the surgery and sleep on a high pillow
There are no age related restrictions for eye surgery
Exposing the area to strong sunlight is not recommended after surgery, so if a summer holiday is planned, it would be best to schedule your surgery at another time
This surgery is frequently combined with other facial procedures such as the mini-lift and micro-lift
Why might you choose to have a lower eyelid aesthetical operation?
Aged or problem skin under the eyes can give the face a lifeless, tired and old expression. Under-eye bags can cause a person to look haggard and sleep deprived, and circles under the eyes can be so dark that it is impossible to mask them without heavy makeup. Symptoms like these may develop due to genetic factors or bad nutrition, stress or insomnia. ‘Hollowed’ eyes can create a shadow effect and cause a dark, purple ring around the eyes. All of these problems can be solved easily with eye aesthetics.
What is the minimum age for eye lid operations?
There is no minimum or maximum age limits specified for eyelid surgeries. Minor deformations occurring around the eyes at early ages can usually be solved by non-surgical procedures. However, as age advances or, as the level of deformation increases, non-surgical procedures become insufficient. In these cases, the only real solution is the eyelid surgery. There is no upper age limit specified for this surgery.
Can an eyelid surgery be combined with different operations?
Eyelid operations can be performed alone or in collaboration with other facial operations such as a face lift. Eyelid surgery on its own provides a certain amount of revitalisation to the upper area of the face, but integrating this with surgery on the forehead, brows and any sagging areas can provide very satisfying results for the patient.
What are the main factors to be considered before an eyelid surgery?
As with all surgical procedures, it is necessary to stop using blood thinners three weeks before the operation. In order to avoid problems during the healing period, it is advisable to limit smoking as early as 2 to 3 weeks.
What are the factors to be considered after the surgery?
After an eyelid aesthetical operation, thin short bands are placed in the operated area, but there is no need to close the eyes totally. During the healing period we advise patients to use a high pillow. Since this operation has a generally easy healing period, the patient can return to normal life after resting for one or two days. There may be a certain amount of swelling in the first few days following surgery.
Are there any scars after eyelid surgery?
Excess skin from the upper eyelid is removed and sutured into the line that is already present in this area. If there is excess skin in the lower eyelid, the skin is opened up with a line just below the eyelashes, the herniated fat is removed and the lower eyelid is secured. No scars are visible since the suture line is kept just below the eyelashes.
What is the right timing for eyelid surgeries?
There is no particularly favourable time for eyelid surgery, although the patient’s eyes should not be directly exposed to sunlight so summer may not be advisable if you have a holiday planned. It is possible to do this surgery at any time with regular sunglass usage after the surgery.