Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) - Minimally Invasive
Droopy or baggy eyelids can make you look tired and are bad for eye function. To repair eyelid ptosis (bagging), blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is one of the best options. The surgery can be performed on both upper and lower eyelids to deliver the desired results. At Pristyn Care, you can undergo eyelid surgery safely under the expertise of experienced surgeons.
Droopy or baggy eyelids can make you look tired and are bad for eye function. To repair eyelid ptosis (bagging), blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery ...is one of the best options. The surgery can be performed on both upper and lower eyelids to deliver the desired results. At Pristyn Care, you can undergo eyelid surgery safely under the expertise of experienced surgeons. Read More
Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is a procedure that removes the excess skin from the eyelids. Sometimes known as an eye lift, this treatment is recommended for people with eyelid ptosis (sagging).
This surgery is performed to address the following concerns-
If folds are created in the upper or lower eyelid and disturb the natural contour.
If there are clearly visible fatty deposits that make the eyes look puffy.
If there are bags under the eyes.
If the lower eyelids reveal the skin below the white part.
If you have excess skin and fine wrinkles around the lower or upper eyelids.
In many cases, the droopy eyelids can interfere with peripheral vision, which makes the treatment medically necessary.
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Pristyn Care provides safe eyelid surgery at the best price across all cities of India. We leverage advanced techniques and USFDA-approved surgical instruments to correct the sagginess in the upper and lower eyelid as required. Our highly experienced plastic surgeons are skilled in performing blepharoplasty to improve the appearance of the eyes and their functioning. They discuss the patient’s needs and devise a treatment plan specific to their needs.
Across the country, we have multiple clinics and partner hospitals. All of our treatment centers are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and have modern infrastructure. Our medical and non-medical professionals are well-trained to provide best-in-class care to the patients. If you are someone who wishes to undergo blepharoplasty, get in touch with Pristyn Care and book your free consultation with our experts.
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What happens in Blepharoplasty?
Eyelid surgery takes place in the following steps-
An anesthetist administers the anesthesia to numb the eyes. In some cases, general anesthesia is used, whereas in most cases, a numbing agent is injected into the eyelids directly to numb them for surgery.
The upper eyelid is addressed first. The surgeon makes a small cut to excise the excess skin, fat, and sometimes muscle tissues as well.
The line of incision is made in such a way that ensures that the resultant scars get concealed within the natural structure of the eyelid.
The lower lid blepharoplasty involves the removal of fat that makes them look baggy. The incision is made either on the inside or outside, right below the eyelashes. In some cases, the lower eyelid may be secured with the bone structure.
Typically, eyelid incisions are closed with skin glue or stitches, and the surgery site is cleaned with a disinfectant.
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Who is the Right Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
An individual is considered a good candidate for eyelid surgery in the following instances-
He/she has droopy eyelids that compromise appearance.
He/she has vision problems due to sagged eyelids.
He/she wants to change the eye’s appearance for personal reasons.
He/she is in good health and doesn’t have any chronic illness that can impair healing.
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How to prepare for eyelid surgery?
Once the surgery is scheduled, the doctor will provide detailed instructions for preparation. Though blepharoplasty is plastic surgery, the patient will need to consult an ophthalmologist as well. The best thing to do is to consult an oculoplastic surgeon (an ophthalmologist who performs plastic surgery). It is crucial to discuss the medical history of the patients along with expected goals for good results.
For preparation, the patient will be instructed as below-
Get a complete eye exam that consists of a tear production test, measuring parts of the eyelids, a visual field test, and eyelid photography.
Stop taking blood-thinning medicines, such as warfarin, aspirin, ibuprofen, etc., as they can increase the risk of excessive bleeding during the procedure.
Quit smoking at least one or two weeks before the surgery, as smoking can impair the body’s healing abilities.
Arrange for someone to accompany you for the procedure and stay with you as well.
Potential Risks & Complications of Eyelid Surgery
The following risks or complications are associated with blepharoplasty.
Reaction to anesthesia
Infection and bleeding
Dry and irritated eyes
Difficulty in closing the eyes
Injury to the eye muscles
Temporarily compromised vision
With proper care and following the doctor’s advice, most of these post-surgery complications can be avoided successfully.
What to Expect after Blepharoplasty?
Expect to feel slightly disoriented after the surgery due to the effects of anesthesia. As the surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, the patient will be kept under observation for a while and discharged on the same day.
The patient may also experience the following side effects after the surgery temporarily-
Puffy or numb eyelids
Swelling or bruising around the eyes
Pain or discomfort
The medical team will give detailed instructions on how to take care of the eyes before discharge, along with the follow-up schedule.
Recovery & Results After Eyelid Surgery
The results of blepharoplasty will take some time to appear. There will be bruising, swelling, and redness around the eyes for a couple of days or weeks. The final results will be clear only after these after-effects disappear.
During the recovery phase, it’s crucial to take proper care of the eyes and follow the tips below to ensure a smoother recovery-
Use ice packs on the eyes for 10 minutes/per hour for 24 to 48 hours.
Use the prescribed medications, eye drops, and ointments as directed by the doctor.
Sleep with your head elevated for a few days.
Protect the eyes and eyelids from direct sunlight, wind, dust, smoke, and other contaminants.
Apply cold compresses to reduce the swelling.
Use pain medications as needed. But make sure not to overdose.
Don’t engage in any strenuous activities for at least a week. This includes swimming, jogging, lifting weights, aerobics, etc.
Avoid smoking for as long as possible or until the wound heals.
Do not rub or poke the eyes until they heal.
Wear contact lenses for at least two weeks.
Take follow-ups with the doctor as suggested to get the stitches removed and to ensure that the eyelids are healing properly.
Benefits of Blepharoplasty
People all across the world feel very enthusiastic about getting eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty because it offers the following benefits-
Youthful Appearance– Baggy eyelids can make a face look older than it is. The surgery improves the appearance and ensures that the patient’s aesthetics are not affected greatly due to the eyelids.
No More Tiring Face– One of the biggest drawbacks of eyelid ptosis is that eyes look run down and tired. When the eyelids are lifted with the treatment, the tiring look also goes away.
Boost Confidence- Many people feel self-conscious due to their eyelid appearance. The surgery restores their confidence by giving them satisfying results.
No More Wrinkles on Forehead– People with eyelid ptosis often have to raise their eyebrows to see better. This repeated lifting contributes to the development of wrinkles and fine lines on the forehead. The treatment addresses this and allows the patient to see properly without lifting their brows.
Correction of Visual Issues– The droopy eyelids can impair vision by obstructing the visual field. Most people experience reduced peripheral vision due to the condition. Eyelid surgery resolves these issues and improves peripheral vision.
Minimal Scarring- One of the major benefits of blepharoplasty is that the scars of this surgery are barely visible. The incisions are placed in the natural folds of the skin and under the lash line. Thus, the patient’s appearance is not affected.
Long-term Results- The results of upper and lower lid blepharoplasty are likely to last for up to 5 to 7 years or even longer. In many cases, the lower lid surgery results last for a lifetime.
Alternatives to Blepharoplasty
There are several surgical and non-surgical alternatives to eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty with different success rates. These alternatives are-
Cosmetic Injectables, such as dermal fillers or wrinkle relaxers. These are non-invasive treatments with no downtime. The injectable treatments are often combined with neurotoxins to dramatically improve the eye’s aesthetics.
RF Microneedling is another effective alternative to blepharoplasty. It involves using radiofrequency to address the sagginess of the skin. A specialized device is used to create micro-injuries on the epithelial tissues to stimulate the growth of new and healthy skin cells. These new cells will be firm and give a youthful appearance to the eyes.
PRP Therapy or platelet-rich plasma is often combined with microneedling to boost the lifting effects and achieve better results. The plasma is used to improve collagen and elastin production, which improves the texture and tone of the upper and lower eyelids.
Skin Resurfacing is recommended for patients who have excessive deep lines around the eyes. There are various techniques of resurfacing that can make the skin firm and improve bagginess. The doctor may recommend laser skin resurfacing, photofacial, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, etc.
All of these methods won’t be plausible options for every patient with eyelid ptosis. The doctor will evaluate the severity of the condition and then suggest the most suitable treatment.
FAQ Around Blepharoplasty Surgery
Is eyelid surgery cost covered by health insurance?
In general, eyelid surgery cost is not covered by health insurance as it is a cosmetic procedure. However, if the droopy eyelids cause vision problems, the treatment will become medically necessary. Hence, the cost will be covered by health insurance.
What is the right age to undergo blepharoplasty?
An individual can choose to undergo blepharoplasty at any age. When performed for cosmetic reasons, the patient must be at least 18 years or older. For medical reasons, the surgery can be performed on people of all age groups, even children, with their parent’s consent.
What makes an individual ineligible for eyelid surgery?
If an individual has the following conditions, he/she will become ineligible for eyelid surgery-
Eye disease, such as glaucoma, dry eye, or a detached retina.
Thyroid disorders, such as under or overactive thyroid.
Cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, or other circulatory disorders.
Is blepharoplasty permanent?
Blepharoplasty results are not considered permanent as the surgery won’t stop the eyes and skin from aging. The results of upper eyelid surgery are likely to last for 5 to 7 years. And the results of lower eyelid surgery are likely to be long-lasting.
Can eyelid surgery be combined with other cosmetic treatments?
Yes, it is possible to combine eyelid surgery with other cosmetic treatments, such as face lifts, rhinoplasty, etc. The doctor would confirm whether or not the additional treatments are safe in your case.