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Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid Surgery 101

Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery

Procedure

It is said that the eyes are the window to the soul.

The eyelids are one of the first facial features to reflect the effects of aging.  Eyelid surgery can help reverse these effects by reducing puffiness and drooping which occurs around the eyelids. Our goal is to create a brighter, natural look so our patients appear as a younger version of themselves.

Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) can be performed on the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both. This procedure can help revive the eye area thereby providing a rejuvenated appearance to the facial area.

Upper eyelid surgery can remove excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the upper eyelids. Fat removal is carefully tailored to each person’s anatomic requirements with various amounts of skin being removed as necessary to achieve the desired facial appearance. Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision, can also be treated by eyelid lift surgery.

Lower eyelid blepharoplasty can remove excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid, reduce the appearance of bags under the eyes, and correct droopiness of the lower eyelids (the showing of white below the iris). There are a number of different techniques for lower eyelid surgery depending upon a patient’s specific anatomic requirements and desired objectives. These may include fat excision and/or repositioning, skin excision, mid-face elevation, and others.

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You might be surprised to learn how many people have rejuvenated their eyes and erased years from their look with eyelid surgery in Colombia.  When you look younger, it’s hard not to feel younger too.

Looking Fresher and Renewed

Great looking eyes grab your attention and hold it.  Unfortunately, one of the first things noticed about a person is their eyes.  During the aging process, wrinkles, lines, and puffiness contribute to a tired or aged appearance.

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) in Colombia improves the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both.  It gives a rejuvenated and more youthful appearance to the surrounding area of your eyes, making you look more rested and alert.

At Premium Care, our plastic surgeons work compassionately with each patient to customize a plan for their facial rejuvenation.  They believe that each patient has distinct goals, unique anatomy, and varied life situations that must be incorporated into an individual, custom plan.

Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty:
  • For most patients, the changes on the upper eyelids are due to the appearance of excessive skin and bulging due to fat accumulation behind the eyelid skin and muscle.  In the majority of patients, removal of excess skin and some upper eyelid fat is necessary to give the patient a more youthful contour.
  • The upper eyelid incisions are made on the natural skin crease of the lid. The incisions on the upper eyelids heal extremely well and after 2 or 3 weeks are barely seen or easily hidden with makeup.
Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty:
  • Lower eyelid puffiness due to bulging fat is the most common problem.
  • When the primary problem is budging fat, it can be removed by an incision that is hidden on the inside of the lower eyelid (transconjunctival).  When the transconjunctival approach is used to remove fat from the lower eyelids there are no sutures to be removed.
  • If there is excess skin and or excess muscle on the lower eyelid, a small incision just beneath the eyelashes is required.  The stitches are usually removed 2 days following surgery from the lower eyelid and the scar heals so it is almost imperceptible in most patients.
  • Some patients need a combination of fat removal and fat repositioning on the lower eyelid in order to correct what is known as a tear trough deformity. Visually, this is seen as a grove or depression beneath the bulging fat. In some patients fillers or fat injections can correct the tear trough deformity and fat removal is unnecessary.

Our plastic surgeons in Colombia love helping patients look and feel rejuvenated with Eyelid lift surgery.  Our blepharoplasty procedures are designed to give the individual a natural, unoperated look with the shortest recovery time possible, and a result that is long lasting.

Dr. Campbell and Dr. Restrepo use the approach that is best for each patient’s anatomy.  At the initial consultation your surgeon will tell you which of the procedures will give you the best and most natural result.  Our patients often find that regaining their youthful look enhances their self-esteem as well as their appearance.

Comprehensive Facial Plastic Surgery in Cartagena, Colombia

Various parts of the face in an individual age differently.  One patient may look older due to sagging eyelids, jowls, and neck while another patient complains of a heavy brow, sagging cheeks, and fine wrinkles around the mouth.  Our surgeons at Premium Care Plastic Surgery in Colombia have extensive training in the full array of plastic surgery options available for facial rejuvenation.

Changes around the eyes are some of the earliest evidence that occur in the face showing signs of the aging process. The changes are influenced by eyebrow position, eyelid anatomy, genetics, sun exposure and smoking. As noted in the discussion on brow lift it is important to have the eyebrow in the right position in order to get the best results with eyelid surgery.

For every patient, we do a complete facial analysis and discuss treatment options with the patient, both surgical and nonsurgical.  Together with the patient, we come up with a comprehensive facial rejuvenation plan, and can often perform procedures together if more then one is desired.

Many of our patients from the United States, Europe, and Latin America combine their eyelid lift procedure with other facial sculpting procedures.  Rejuvenation procedures typically performed in conjunction with eyelid surgery include:

At Premium Care, our plastic surgeons work compassionately with each patient to customize a plan for their facial rejuvenation.  They believe that each patient has distinct goals, unique anatomy, and varied life situations that must be incorporated into an individual, custom plan.

When you request your consultation at Premium Care Plastic Surgery in Colombia, our plastic surgeons will take the time to discuss all aspects of facial rejuvenation with eyelid lift and other procedures in depth, and answer any questions you may have.

Asian Eyelid Surgery

Some Asian women and men want more defined eyes with an upper eyelid crease, while still preserving their ethnic appearance.  Loose or heavy upper eyelid skin and puffy under-eye bags can make the eyes appear small and cause difficulties with applying eye makeup. Our Asian patients from the United States, Europe, and Latin America choose eyelid surgery to enhance the unique, natural beauty of their eyes.

Every year, thousands of Asian women and men choose eyelid surgery to attain a more vibrant, refreshed, and youthful appearance. There are numerous differences between Caucasian and Asian eyes. Most of them are unseen muscular and other underlying tissue differences, such as the increased fat content and somewhat thicker skin of Asian eyelids. Often the crease of the upper eyelids is incomplete or non-existent, allowing the skin to hang over the lashes and conceal much of the eye.

At Premium Care Plastic Surgery in Colombia, our surgeons possess the specialized skill and knowledge required to address the intricacies of Asian eyelid surgery. We have a detailed understanding of the ethnic variations in eyelid anatomy and the surgical skill necessary to achieve your individual goals while preserving your ethnicity. We strive to open up the eye area and give our patients a more defined and sculpted upper eyelid crease.

Special Considerations for the Asian Eye

Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries performed.  However, an Asian blepharoplasty has added potential for complications and unfavorable results if meticulous attention is not paid to aesthetics and proper surgical techniques.  Your personal goals must be given adequate consideration.  If you are of Asian descent and are considering eyelid surgery, you should consult our surgeons, who have a detailed understanding of the ethnic variations in eyelid anatomy and the surgical skill necessary to maintain your ethnicity and achieve your individual goals.

In most Asian blepharoplasties, a fold is created in the upper eyelid. For some patients, fatty deposits are removed from beneath the eyes as well. The procedure can take from 30 minutes to two hours depending on the extent of your surgery. Our surgeons take care to consider the many different cultural preferences within Asian groups as well as your own personal goals.

If you’re ready to meet with our plastic surgeons at Premium Care Plastic Surgery in Colombia, you can request a consultation online or contact us at (+57) 312 545 5569 in Cartagena and (+1) 305 8481909 in United States.

Your Eyelid Surgery Consultation at Premium Care Plastic Surgery

A blepharoplasty procedure is usually performed on adult men and women who have healthy facial tissue and muscles and have realistic goals for improvement of the upper and/or lower eyelids and surrounding area.

Good candidates for cosmetic eyelid surgery are:
  • Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
  • Non-smokers
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for blepharoplasty
  • Individuals without serious eye conditions
 You must tell your doctor if you have any of these medical conditions:
  • Eye disease such as glaucoma, dry eye or a detached retina
  • Thyroid disorders such as Graves’ disease and under or overactive thyroid
  • Cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure or other circulatory disorders or diabetes

The best way for patients to understand their options is in a thorough consultation at Premium Care Plastic Surgery.  In our approach to eyelid surgery, communicating with our patient is key.  We will carefully review your medical history and evaluation questionnaire before the initial consultation.  Our plastic surgeons will explain how the different procedures may apply to you specifically, and what we recommend for your particular case.  We’ll also demonstrate the result we’d expect with each of the procedure options.

Be prepared to discuss:
  • Why you want the surgery, your expectations and desired outcome
  • Your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
  • Previous surgeries
  • Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, and tobacco
Your plastic surgeon at Premium Care will also:
  • Take photographs for your medical record
  • Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of eyelid lift and any risks or potential complications

For some patients, we may recommend that eyelid surgery be combined with a additional facial rejuvenation procedures such as forehead lift, facelift, or skin treatments for as part of a comprehensive plan for facial rejuvenation.

Eyelid surgery is an area of expertise for our plastic surgeons at Premium Care.  Our patient population reflects a cross-section from the United States, Europe, and Latin America, and we have a broad range of experience with different ages, ethnicities, and sizes of patients

When you look younger, it’s hard not to feel younger too.  Give us a call at (+57) 312 545 5569 in Cartagena and (+1) 305 8481909 in United States, or request a consultation online to speak with one of our plastic surgeons regarding a eyelid lift or other plastic surgery procedure.

Preparing for Your Eyelid Surgery

Premium Care Plastic Surgery encourages you to take a few simple steps in preparation for your eyelid procedure in Colombia. Following the steps presented below will make your recovery from surgery as safe, short and relaxing as possible.

Your surgeon will provide you with a list of specific steps you should take leading up to your procedure. This list might include limiting your use of certain medications, alcohol and cigarettes, and minor changes in your grooming habits. These changes are temporary but very important to your comfort and safety.

Before eyelid surgery, you may be asked to:
  • See an ophthalmologist to evaluate any eye problems
  • Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
  • Stop smoking well in advance of surgery
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding
Special instructions you receive will cover:
  • What to do on the day of surgery
  • The use of anesthesia during your eyelid surgery
  • Post-operative care and follow-up
  • Medications to purchase and bring with you on the day of surgery.

On the day of your surgery, we ask that you wear no jewelry or make-up and avoid deodorant, skin lotions and perfume. We recommend warm, loose fitting clothing, such as pajamas or sweat pants with thick socks or slippers to prevent the chills commonly experienced after surgery. Please inform your surgeon if you have a cold, sore throat, active allergies or an open cut or sore on the day of your eyelid surgery.

You’ll need help.  Arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.  Effective planning prior to undergoing eyelid lift can make your recovery as brief and relaxing as possible.

To take the next step, arrange a personal consultation with Premium Care Plastic Surgery at by calling (+57) 312 545 5569 in Cartagena and (+1) 305 8481909 in United States or use our convenient online form to book a consultation online.

Your Eyelid Surgery 
What happens during an eyelid surgery?

Step 1 – Anesthesia

Medications are administered for your comfort during the eyelid surgery procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.

Step 2 – The incision

The incision lines for eyelid surgery are designed for scars to be well concealed within the natural structures of the eyelid region.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

Droopy conditions of the upper eyelid can be corrected through an incision within the natural crease of the upper eyelid allowing repositioning of fat deposits, tightening of muscles and tissue, and/or removal of excess skin.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

Conditions of the lower eyelid may be corrected with an incision just below the lower lash line. Through this incision, excess skin in the lower eyelids is removed.

A transconjunctival incision, one hidden inside the lower eyelid, is an alternate technique to correct lower eyelid conditions and redistribute or remove excess fat.

Step 3 – Closing the incisions

Eyelid incisions typically are closed with:

  • Removable or absorbable sutures
  • Skin adhesives
  • Surgical tape

Ask your surgeon about a laser chemical peel to erase dark discoloration of the lower eyelids.

Step 4 – See the results

The results of eyelid surgery will appear gradually as swelling and bruising subside to reveal a smooth, better-defined eyelid and surrounding region, and an alert and rejuvenated appearance.

Eyelid surgery results will be long lasting

Your final eyelid surgery results will appear within several weeks, but it may take up to one year for incision lines to fully refine.

While eyelid surgery can be expected to correct certain conditions permanently, you will continue to age naturally. Life-long sun protection will help to maintain your results.

If you’re ready to meet with our plastic surgeons at Premium Care Plastic Surgery in Colombia, you can request a consultation online or contact us at (+57) 312 545 5569 in Cartagena and (+1) 305 8481909 in United States.

Recovery From Eyelid Surgery

After your procedure is completed, lubricating ointment and cold compresses may be applied, and in some cases your eyes may be loosely covered with gauze.  Makeup can be applied to the eyes 24 hours following the removal of sutures.

Specific instructions you may receive during your eyelid surgery recovery:
  • How to care for your eyes
  • Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection
  • Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your overall health
  • When to follow-up with your plastic surgeon.

Initial healing may include some post eyelid surgery swelling, bruising, irritation or dry eyes and discomfort that can be controlled with medication, cold compresses and ointment. Irritation at the incision sites also is possible.

A special note: You must practice diligent sun protection and use darkly tinted sunglasses until the healing process is fully complete.

Be careful

Following your physician’s instructions is key to the success of your surgery. It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.

If you’re ready to find out more about changing your look, go request a consultation online or call us at (+57) 312 545 5569 in Cartagena and (+1) 305 848 1909 in United States to request an appointment with one of our skilled, sensitive plastic surgeons.

Eyelid Lift: Words to Know
  • Blepharoplasty: Eyelid surgery to improve the appearance of upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both
  • Ectropion: When the lower eyelid is rolled outward after eyelid surgery; often a temporary condition.
  • General anesthesia: Drugs and/or gases used during an operation to relieve pain and alter consciousness.
  • Hematoma: Blood pooling beneath the skin.
  • Intravenous sedation: Sedatives administered by injection into a vein to help you relax.
  • Local anesthesia: A drug injected directly to the site of an incision during an operation to relieve pain.
  • Transconjunctival incision: Incision hidden inside the lower eyelid.
  • Skin resurfacing: Treatment to improve the texture, clarity and overall appearance of your skin.
  • Sutures: Stitches used by surgeons to hold skin and tissue together.
Frequently Asked Questions

What is blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a surgical procedure to remove excess fat, skin and atrophied or loose muscle from the upper and lower eyelids.

How is the procedure performed?

During blepharoplasty, incisions are made within the natural creases of the eyelids or on the inside of the eyelids. The surgeon removes some of the herniated fat and excess skin and then closes the incision with very fine sutures.

As with any surgical procedure, some scarring is to be expected. However, scarring with blepharoplasty is minimal and practically nonexistent after several months of healing.

At what age can blepharoplasty be performed?

Fat and loose skin around the eyes usually appears with age, but some young people are genetically prone to it, so there really is no set age when blepharoplasty is performed.

Will a blepharoplasty get rid of my eye wrinkles?

No. A blepharoplasty is not designed to remove the wrinkles at the outer corners of your eyes (crow’s feet) or to fix sagging brows. There are other procedures available that can be used to remove wrinkles near the eyes, including Botox, laser resurfacing and intense pulsed light treatments.

What should I expect postoperatively?

After your surgery, your eyes will be tender, swollen, and sore, and you will probably have some bruising. These should all resolve in a few days. Discomfort can usually be controlled with pain medications prescribed by your surgeon. You may experience blurry vision for the first few days after your procedure, and your eyes may be watery or very dry.

When will my stitches be taken out?

Stitches are normally removed three to five days after your surgery. The removal process may sting a little, but is usually not too uncomfortable.

When will I be able to see the results?

You should be able to see a definite difference once the swelling goes down, but this won’t be for several days.

What are the risks of blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty, like all surgery, has risks. Minor complications associated with blepharoplasty include temporary double or blurry vision, temporary swelling, and tiny white pimples around your eyes. Your eyes may also heal at different rates, which can mean that they will be temporarily asymmetrical. More serious risks include permanent asymmetry or difficulty closing your eyes and keeping them closed. For additional information, please read our article about eyelid surgery risks.

What is Asian blepharoplasty?

Asian blepharoplasty is an eyelid surgery that creates a crease in the eyelid. It is popular among many Asians who have what’s referred to as a “single eyelid” (with no crease) and would prefer a “double eyelid” (one with a crease). This ethnic plastic surgery is one of the most requested procedures among Asians.

If you’re ready to find out more about eyelid lift in Cartagena, request a consultation online or call us at (+57) 312 545 5569 in Cartagena and (+1) 305 8481909 in United States to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled, sensitive plastic surgeons.

 

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