Blepharoplasty in Alicante
Eyelid and eye bag surgery
The eyelid skin is very sensitive to the passage of time, so it is very common for it to accumulate bags of fat and excess skin that give an aged and tired appearance.
However, there is a cosmetic surgery operation that can restore vitality to the eyelids by removing bags of fat and excess skin on both the upper and lower eyelids.
Information on blepharoplasty procedure
- Blepharoplasty surgical time: 2 hours
- Anaesthesia: Local and sedation
- Hospitalisation of the patient: Not required
- Recovery time: 6 to 7 days
- Results: Immediate
What is blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgery used to correct excess skin in the eyelids and consists of reducing the bags of skin that accumulate in the lower area of the eyes. This can be of natural origin (due to the passage of time) or genetic, and results in a damaged and generally uncomfortable appearance.
Who is it recommended for?
Especially indicated for people who have excess fat or skin on the eyelids and who develop wrinkles, swelling and sagging of the epidermis, which causes them visual discomfort, lack of self-esteem and a feeling of ageing.
Blepharoplasty removes or repositions the skin, restoring lost youth and vitality to facial expression.
The aim of the procedure is to restore the naturalness of the eyelids, highlighting the eyes and removing excess skin and fat that cause drooping.
What types are there?
Lower blepharoplastyOperation of the bags formed in the lower eyelids, usually due to age, which give a tired and aged appearance commonly known as dark circles under the eyes or “crow’s feet”. This procedure removes accumulated pockets of fat either by removing it surgically or by repositioning it between the eyelid and cheek to avoid incising the skin (transconjunctival). In addition, it can be combined with a specific treatment for wrinkles that can be done by surgery, laser, chemical peeling at the same time as the operation.
Benefits of eyelid and eyelid bag operations for patients
- Facial rejuvenation: Patients regain their self-esteem, boost their self-confidence and enjoy a rejuvenated appearance that takes a noticeable amount of years off the face.
- Improved quality of life: Peripheral vision is restored and the feeling of heaviness and tiredness in the eyes disappears.
- Improvement in mood: The change is very noticeable on a personal and external level. Patients tend to improve their social relations and show a better disposition and willingness to be cheerful.
- Simple and affordable operation: The operation is painless, the recovery is quick, it leaves no scars, the effects are immediate and it is a very affordable operation for all budgets.
How is a blepharoplasty operation performed?
Although there may be differences depending on the particularities of each case, basically the steps to be followed are as follows:
- Evaluation of the position of the eyebrow
- Measurement of palpebral parameters to rule out palpebral ptosis associated with the eyelid.
- Assessment of lower palpebral position and associated laxity
- Examination of corneal sensitivity
- Biomicroscopic assessment of the corneal surface to rule out ocular pathology (dry eye) which will require special considerations.
- Fundus study.
- Administration of local anaesthesia where appropriate.
- Making incisions that follow the natural lines of the eyelids.
- Separation of the skin from the inner fatty tissue and muscle.
- Removal of excess fat, trimming of sagging skin and muscles.
- Closing of incisions with very fine sutures
Real cases of blepharoplasty operations
Between 1 and 3 hours.
The patient can return to normal life in 2-3 days.
However, for up to two months after the operation, you should protect your face with large sunglasses and use a high factor sunscreen. In addition, ten days without make-up are recommended after surgery.
Recovery after blepharoplasty is painless.
Some swelling and some bruising is to be expected, especially during the first week, so frequent use of cold packs is advised for the first few days.
The stitches are removed after one week.
- Do not take aspirin or other medicines containing salicylate.
- Ophthalmological check-up.
- Wear dark glasses when leaving the clinic after the operation.
- Analysis and prior medical examination.
At the top
If there is excess skin on the lower eyelid and surgery is necessary, the incision will be made at the level of the lash line to completely hide the scar.
- En los casos en que no hay exceso de piel inferior, la incisión es transconjuntival, sin intervención quirúrgica y, por lo tanto, totalmente invisible.
- Relative rest and avoidance of physical activity.
- Wash the eye area with saline solution.
- Apply cold to reduce swelling and bruising.
- Take painkillers or anti-inflammatory drugs in case of pain or swelling.
- Apply eye ointments and eye drops according to medical prescription.
- Do not wear make-up during the first postoperative weeks.
During the first two days there will be some swelling of the eyelids and eye strain, which can be relieved by using ice.
If there is itching or dryness in the eye, it is sufficient to apply eye drops or wash the eye with saline solution. Other precautions to take are as follows:
- If there is itching or dryness in the eye, it is sufficient to apply eye drops or wash the eye with saline solution.
- Avoid hot environments that produce dry eyes.
- Shower with lukewarm water instead of hot water and without wetting your head so as not to wet the plasters.
- Try to sleep in a horizontal position and on your back to avoid irritation of the area and to prevent the stitches from lifting. Before going to sleep, it is a good idea to apply ointment and on waking up, if you feel dry, wash the eye with serum and apply eye drops or ice.
- Wear sunglasses that protect the eyes from the sun. They also help to conceal sticking plasters and bruises.
- Avoid high intensity sports until after the first 20-30 days.
Patients return fully to their normal routine within 2 to 3 weeks.
Creams such as Procicar, Novatrix, Cicaderm, Contractubex will facilitate healing and eliminate the pinkish colour of the skin in the early postoperative period.
One of the contraindications of blepharoplasty is that it is not recommended for people with any type of health problem that could increase the risk of facial intervention.
It is also not recommended for pregnant women and for patients with dry eyes, hypertension, diabetes, retinal detachment, scarring problems, active infections or blood clotting problems.
It will always depend on the diagnosis prior to the intervention. However, it is one of the most affordable, safe and effective cosmetic surgery operations available.