Eyelid Surgery

The Ins and Outs of Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid Surgery Explained

Also known as blepharoplasty, this type of procedure involves the lifting and tightening of the skin around and above the eyelid. A tiny incision is made by a laser and the skin is subsequently pulled to either side. The end result is a "lift" that will give a younger appearance.

There are a few other reasons why this procedure may be desired. The most common involve aesthetic desires. Many surgeons will perform this type of minimally-invasive plastic surgery and the results will be seen in a matter of weeks. Another factor that may warrant this type of eye surgery is for reconstructive reasons. Burn victims will often need these repairs in order to help restore a proper field of vision. A congenital defect could also cause an individual to opt for this procedure. Also, some patients may elect for an eyelid lift while undergoing other visual procedures such as LASIK surgery as a corrective vision treatment or a more generalized facelift.

The main reasons that one may wish to have a blepharoplasty performed are:
  • For aesthetic purposes.
  • A type of reconstructive surgery.
  • To correct a congenital defect.
  • As a concurrence operation with other treatments.

Complications That May Result

Although it should be stressed that the risks involved with this procedure tend to be minimal, there are nonetheless several factors that anyone considering this surgery should be made aware of.

The most prominent risk is the chance of unfavourable scarring. Although laser surgery is the preferred method to complete this procedure, minute scars will nonetheless result. Should proper wound care not be taken after the surgery, this could present a problem from a visual standpoint.

Although rare, the risk of infection is always present. This will not only depend on the quality of the procedure itself, but also on the strength of the immune system of the patient. It is for this reason that antibiotics will occasionally be prescribed after eyelid surgery.

Those with poor circulation may experience a discolouration of the skin. While this condition is usually temporary, it can sometimes remain present for weeks after completion. This may be a sign of poor circulation.

Finally, another factor that should be carefully considered has less to do with the actual eye surgery and more to do with the surgeons themselves. The majority of patients that have complained about substandard results have been treated by individuals that did not possess the proper accreditation. It is therefore always wise to make certain that the plastic surgery clinic has up-to-date and reliable certification. It is also a good idea to ask for references or unbiased client testimonials.

Potential risks involved with this cosmetic surgery are:
  • Obtrusive and noticeable scarring.
  • The slight chance of a localized infection.
  • Skin discolouration (normally transient).
  • Choosing a surgeon without the proper qualifications.