Eyelid Surgery: Is It Right For You?

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The aging process often shows up very prominently in the eye region. Some people consider having eyelid surgery in order to perk up the droops and wrinkles to improve their appearance. Here are some of the pros and cons of several types of eye surgeries and treatments to help you decide whether these procedures are right for you.

Blepharoplasty

The surgery called blepharoplasty can be completed on both the upper and the lower eyelids. If you are having upper eyelid surgery, the surgeon removes excess skin and fat by making an incision along the eyelid crease. Because the incision and stitches are in the eyelid crease, they are barely visible and will probably fade over time. 

Lower lid surgery is done to remove the bags under your eyes. The incision can actually be made either on the inside or outside of the eyelid. If the incision is made on the outside, it is right below the eyelash line and practically invisible. Either incision option will leave minimal scarring. You should talk with your doctor to determine which type of incision is best for your eye.

Reconstructive Orbital Surgery

Reconstructive orbital surgery modifies the bone structure around the eye. It is usually used to manage abnormalities and deformities of the eyes. Reconstructive surgery can also be beneficial for repairing the tear ducts and bony socket area of the eye.

The areas around the eye are very delicate, therefore a highly skilled ophthalmologist will need to perform this type of surgery in order to preserve normal facial appearance.

Latisse Treatments

Latisse helps your lashes grow and thicken. These prescriptions that are applied to the eye area treat thin or inadequate lashes. It usually takes about four weeks to see any significant growth and full growth usually appears at about 16 weeks.

Botox Treatments

Botox treatments have been around for a while. Botox is a muscle relaxant with effects lasting up to several months before another injection is needed. These relaxed muscles tend to erase wrinkles and rejuvenate the appearance of the treated areas.

Healing Time

If you choose to have any type of eyelid surgery, be aware that the eyes usually bruise and swell after the procedure. So, you will need to give yourself a little bit of healing time before the bruising subsides. Most people are back to normal within seven days. After non-surgical Botox treatments, there can be some bruising and full results may take up to one week to be visible.

During the healing process, you may return to your daily activities as soon as you feel ready to do so. Most people are healed enough within three days to return to work, although some people prefer to take a full week of work off so that the bruising can go away.

After the surgery is complete, your doctor will give you specific instructions to follow, and it is a good idea to follow these instructions as closely as possible. Attending your follow up appointments and following the day-to-day care of your eyes will help you to prevent complications from the surgery, and it may help to speed up the healing time so that you are back to normal very soon.

If you are concerned about any aspects of eye surgery, talk with your ophthalmologist in order to determine if it is a good choice for you. These eyelid surgeries are safe. Many people have experienced great success when they are done.

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