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Considering an Eyelid Surgery? Facts You Should Know

By Charles Hopkins Published 06/2/2006 | Beauty
Eyes are the most defining factor of your appearance. Eyes are the part of your face that makes a first hand impression of your personality. Expressive eyes speak a lot of your energetic character, while the drooping eyes as a result of aging may be interpreted as a sign of laziness, where the person may be highly industrious in reality. Not only as a result of aging process, some people naturally have eyes with tired looks or baggy areas under their eyes. The eyelid surgery efficiently deals with all these problems. Without affecting the original features of your face, the eyelid surgery attempts to enhance the areas surrounding the areas of your eyes. As a result, the whole face gains a youthful and a brighter look. 

What Is Eyelid Surgery?

The medical term for eyelid surgery is blepharoplasty. It is a technique that aims at removing droopy or sagging eyelids and eliminating the fatty bags under your eyes. However, this procedure is not useful for removing the fine wrinkles known as crow's feet along the sides of your eyes.


The sagging upper eyelids as well as baggy extensions under your eyes render a haggard look to your appearance and you look much older than your actual age too. Eyelid surgery makes a cosmetic correction of these defects of your appearance.

Cosmetic eyelid surgery is basically a method for reducing the fatty tissue and excess skin that gives your face an undesired look. It is an outpatient operation performed under local anesthesia by numbing the area surrounding the eyes.

Incisions are made along the natural fold of the upper eyelid or below the eye lash line on the lower eyelids, depending on the area you need to remove fats from. The fatty tissues are then separated from the skin and excess fats are removed. Some muscles are also cut if necessary. The extra skin is then trimmed away. The incisions are then closed with utmost skill so that they are not visible after the scar has been completely healed.

There are many techniques of eyelid surgery. Depending on such factors as amount of excess fat and skin in the eyelid areas, the muscular orientation around your eyelid and the features of your eyebrows, the particular technique is determined by your cosmetic surgeon.

Who is An Ideal Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

A cosmetic surgeon first thoroughly evaluates the physical condition of the candidate to determine whether he or she is a proper candidate for undergoing blepharoplasty.

The typical candidates of eyelid surgery are the persons in middle ages, normally healthy and having sagging areas under their eyes or drooping areas on the upper eyelid areas.

The younger individuals who have drooping eyes as result of genetic factors can also undergone eyelid surgery.

Few decades ago, eyelid surgery was an extremely costly affair which only the very rich people could afford. But today costs are much lower, allowing common people to avail the benefits of eyelid surgery for the correction of eyelid defects. Only you need to be informative about the various aspects of this operation.

After operation recovery

Eyelid surgery is an outpatient operation which allows you to return home in a few hours. During first two days you should take complete rest with your heads slightly elevated and applying cold compress from time to time.

Initially there will be slight discomfort and tight sensation surrounding the areas of operation that can be easily controlled through oral medication. But consuming aspirin or certain anti-inflammatory medications are not allowed. During the first forty eight hours some swelling and bruising are common which do not last for more than a week. Stitches are removed within one week time.

For a few days you might be suffering from a blurry vision and restricted from watching television. During this period you can wear a sunglass to protect your eyes from any kind of irritations and excess light. Eye drops also give relief to your eyes in this stage.

It usually takes ten days to complete the healing process after which you can return to your daily routine.


As with any other cosmetic surgery, a patient should be realistic in his or her expectations from eyelid surgery. The effects of cosmetic correction are highly individualistic. In many cases they produce dramatic results, but that is not a rule for everybody. The result will depend on the most part on the features of your face. However an eyelid surgery will definitely give you a fresher and more energetic look. It is not before several weeks that you can really feel the differences due to the surgery. However, like other cosmetic procedures, eye lid surgery has its limitations and the patient must realize that. In many cases, going for an eyelid surgery alone is not enough. If it is performed in conjunction with other cosmetic surgeries, they yield better results.

Generally the effects of eyelid surgery are quite long lasting. But effects may vary with genetic characters of individual patients and differences in their lifestyles.