Different people consider cosmetic surgery for different reasons. Cosmetic procedures can help to improve your appearance. This, in turn, can boost your self-confidence and make you feel great about yourself. And when your confidence level rises, it can positively affect your life in various ways, whether it’s meeting new people, enhancing your love life, or elevating your career.
Plastic surgery can be performed on many areas of the face and body. In most cases the goal is to enhance or improve a feature, but sometimes surgery may be performed for functional purposes as well. Eyelid surgery is one such procedure.
What is Eyelid Surgery?
Also known as blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery is designed to rejuvenate the eye area. The eyes are one of the first areas on the face to show the signs of age. Due to the natural aging process and gravity, the upper eyelids can begin to sag and droop and bags may form beneath the eyes, creating an older, tired or worn appearance. In extreme cases, sagging in the upper eyelids may even obscure vision.
Eyelid surgery can correct a tired or droopy appearance to the upper eyelids, as well as under-eye bags and even crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes. The result is a more awake and youthful appearance. Vision problems can also be corrected by making these adjustments. A consultation with Dr. Mounsey will help you determine if blepharoplasty is right for you.
The Surgical Procedure
Blepharoplasty procedures are generally safe, fairly minor procedures that can take up to three hours to be completed. Anesthesia is necessary and many times the patient will be fully sedated during the procedure. The procedure involves incisions being made within the creases of the upper eyelid or along the lash line of the lower eyelid so that they will be hidden.
Working through the incisions, tissue that causes a droopy appearance will be removed. The incisions will be sutured and closed for healing. Prior to undergoing eyelid surgery, it is important to understand not only the operation itself, but the potential risks and side effects as well. As with any other surgical procedure risks are involved, but Dr. Mounsey and his staff will assist you in taking the correct steps in your healing process to ensure the best possible outcome.
Understand the Risks
All surgery carries potential risks. Choosing a qualified surgeon and carefully following his or her instructions can help to minimize your risk. The potential risks associated with eyelid surgery may include the following:
- Swelling and bruising
- Difficulty closing the eyes
- Dryness in the eyes
- Anesthesia risks
- Sensitivity to light
- Temporary or permanent change of vision including a risk of blindness
- Lid lag
- Outward rolling of the eyes
- Scarring and poor healing
- Skin sensation changes
- Possibility of revision surgery
The Recovery Process
The eyelid surgery procedure itself is fairly straightforward and Dr. Mounsey will have a plan to determine if the upper, lower or both eyelids will be corrected. The recovery process can be uncomfortable for the patient to experience regardless if one or both of the eyelids are operated on, but prescribed medication can help to control discomfort. The sutures will require that bandages are applied to the eyelids. The bandages will need to stay on the eyelids for three to four days so that the sutures can heal.
Swelling and bruising around and on the eyelids themselves is common. You can help to minimize swelling by elevating the head to an upward position and applying cold compresses. The eyelids will remain bruised for a few weeks, and possibly up to one month. Within the first week, side effects may also include blurry vision, double vision, tearing, burning, sensitivity to light, and itchy or dry eyes. After two weeks, the eyelids should begin to feel as they are healing and vision should be normal.
Resuming Your Routine After Blepharoplasty
Dr. Mounsey advises patients to remain home for at least one week, and patients usually return to work after ten days of recovery. Strenuous activities may need to be postponed for longer.
Many patients who undergo eyelid procedures wear contact lenses. It is recommended that they not be placed in the eyes for at least ten days after the procedure, or as otherwise directed by Dr. Mousey. After being given permission to wear contact lenses, it is important that they are placed in the eye in a very careful manner by carefully pulling the upper eyelid upward while leaving the lower eyelid completely untouched. If patients experience any difficulty in placing or wearing the contacts, it may be best to continue with eye glasses.
Contact Dr. Mounsey Today!
Dr. Mounsey and his staff will take great care of you during your eyelid surgery. At the consultation your eyelids will be evaluated and it can be determined if you are a good candidate for the procedure. The procedure will be fully explained including risks and benefits. The recovery process can be lengthy and challenging, but the results can assist in your vision and make you appear less tired and more alert! Contact Dr. Mounsey by calling 416-438-2499 today for a consultation.