What to Do to Improve Recovery Post Eyelid Surgery

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Hi! I am Dr M Szalay and today I am going to talk about improving recovery post eyelid surgery.

Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, can be an excellent procedure to rejuvenate the upper part of the face.
Whether undergoing an upper eyelid lift or lower lid surgery, surgical eyelid correction can significantly improve an individual’s facial appearance whilst improving puffiness and sagging wrinkled skin around the eyes.

However, the surgery may take some time to show complete results. In the meantime, it is very helpful if the patient adheres to post-operative guidelines in order to avoid complications.

We have a few vital tips and considerations in order to experience an easier and faster recovery period and get the most out of an eyelid surgery.

Keep the head raised
Following a blepharoplasty, the patient is advised to keep the head elevated when resting or sleeping. Maintaining the head above the level of the rest of the body is necessary to help minimise swelling and will speed up the healing process. Two or three pillows can be used to support the head and keep it consistently elevated.

Apply cold compressions
Holding a cold compress on the affected eyelid area can help reduce swelling and bruising. Clean gauze pads soaked in ice can also be applied directly on the eyelid. Alternatively, you can fill a Ziploc bag with ice cubes and place it over a moist gauze pad on the operated area. This also aids in relieving the soreness experienced after the effect of anaesthesia tapers off.

Avoid strenuous activities
For at least one week following the surgery, the patient should steer clear of daily activities and tasks that can stress the eyes. Activities one should avoid include reading, watching TV, lifting heavy objects, putting on eye make-up, using contact lenses and sitting at a computer.

Stick to surgeon’s advice
Dry eyes and mild discomfort may be experienced sometimes after the surgery. Keeping such complications in mind, the surgeon may prescribe lubricating eye drops and ointment along with guidelines for proper eye care, which the patient should follow in order to hasten recovery.

Additional care
In addition to the above post-operative care, it is advised to protect your eyes from dirt, dust and harmful sun rays. Use sunglasses every time you head out to shield your eyes from harmful environmental elements.

Following the aforementioned tips can reduce the chance of eye irritation post-surgery and help patients get back to their normal life more speedily.

Blepharoplasty : Things You Must Know Prior to Undergoing Eyelid Surgery

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Hi! I am Dr M Szalay and today I am going to talk about some important tips and facts about eyelid surgery.

Blepharoplasty, commonly known as eyelid surgery, has proven to be a life-changing experience for tens of thousands of people across the globe. How? By treating a range of eyelid conditions including excessive puffiness around eyes and loose or sagging skin causing droopiness of the eyelids.

Whilst no surgeon promises 100% correction of the eyelid droop, dramatic results can be achieved which can result in an enhanced, more youthful appearance.

Knowing some basic facts about the procedure can help provide you with realistic expectations and enhance your blepharoplasty experience. Here are some tips:

  • A significant amount of time can go into finding the right doctor to perform your procedure. It is important  to find a practitioner who is experienced in blepharoplasty and who can show you several examples of his work. Whilst blepharoplasty can provide dramatic results, sometimes more subtle enhancements can be desirable, for example in the following patient:

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  • The more you avoid stressing your eyes the faster you heal. Avoid wearing makeup, contacts, watching TV  and computer work as these things cause stress to your eyes and can prolong redness and swelling.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to hasten your recovery. Avoid smoking and alcohol as these habits will increase the risk of a complication.
  • Be patient following your surgery as the final result from blepharoplasty can take a few months to a full year  to occur as swelling around the eyes takes time to settle.

Myths Debunked: Five Common Misconceptions that People Have about Blepharoplasty

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With the constantly advancing medical industry and the development of innovative medical and surgical technology, there are now a number of ways to enhance a person’s physical appearance. Blepharoplasty, commonly known as eyelid surgery, has become a popular option to improve eyelid contour and smooth out hollows, bags and puffiness under the eyes.

Each year, thousands of people across the world are able to improve their facial appearance using this aesthetic surgical procedure.

However, as with any cosmetic treatment, there are some myths surrounding blepharoplasty that should be addressed. Here are 5 widely held myths about eyelid surgery.

Blepharoplasty is only for the wealthy

Contrary to what many people think, blepharoplaplasty is accessed by people from all walks of life. The best results can be achieved when it is carried out by a doctor experienced in the procedure.

The Procedure Leaves Unpleasant Scars

Modern surgical techniques use minimally invasive methods that make use of a small incision in the upper eyelid, leaving only a fine scarline  which is mostly hidden in the crease.

For the lower eyelid, no incisions are used so there are no scarlines left behind. This is because lower eyelid bags are removed by using an incision on the inside of the eyelid. Also, lower eyelid skin doesn’t have to be removed as it can be tightened with laser.

The Procedure Also Removes Crow’s Feet Lines

Blepharoplasty does remove upper eyelid skin and can also remove bags and tighten lower eyelid skin,  giving a more youthful appearance. Nevertheless, crow’s feet lines at the corners of the eyes will persist and are best treated by anti-wrinkle injections.

Blepharoplasty is the only procedure necessary to improve eyelids

Sometimes, the eyebrow can be droopy and can be contributing to droopy eyelids. In these situations, a separate procedure to raise the eyebrows (browlift) is required.

Only Women Undergo Blepharoplasty

Although the majority of patients undergoing  blepharoplasty are women, a growing number of men are considering the procedure for improved appearance and vision. When the upper eyelid is very droopy, it can interfere with the vision, especially towards the end of the day, as the eyelids become fatigued.

If you are considering blepharoplasty, it is wise to consult a doctor who is experienced in the procedure and who can advise you about the pros and cons of the procedure.

Examples of blepharoplasty performed by Dr M Szalay ⇒

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Considering Blepharoplasty? Here is All You Need to Know

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Hi! I am Dr M Szalay and today I am going to talk about Blepharoplasty.

If you’re tired, sleepless or haven’t had a good night’s sleep, it can show around your eyelids.
As you age, more permanent changes can occur which can make you seem tired all the time. The skin around your eyes starts to sag and lose its elasticity, resulting in excessive folds over your eyelids and and a droopy appearance. A blepharoplasty, commonly known as eyelid surgery, is what many people consider to remove and tighten excess skin around the eyes and achieve a more youthful look.

What is Blepharoplasty?

Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure performed for cosmetic reasons. The surgery enhances the appearance of your eyelids and the surrounding area whilst in people with severe sagging it can improve vision obscured by hanging eyelids.

Are You A Candidate for Blepharoplasty?

Ageing causes the skin around your eyes to loosen and wrinkle over the edge of the upper eyelid. Excessive sagging or drooping around your eyes may block your vision, which is the reason why some people opt for eyelid surgery. Other people may choose blepharoplasty for cosmetic reasons, in order to achieve a rejuvenated appearance.

If you’re considering blepharoplasty, it is wise to consult a doctor experienced in the procedure.

Whilst cosmetic procedures can significantly improve your appearance, your doctor will advise you on what you can expect from the surgery. He will also be able to advise you about possible complications, recovery time and other relevant information associated with the surgery.

Important areas that he will discuss with you will include your medical history; any medications you are taking; how to prepare for the surgery how the procedure is performed.

Finding the Right Doctor

Blepharoplasty is an intricate procedure and hence it is important to find an experienced doctor who is able to show you examples of his work.
Examples of blepharoplasty performed by Dr Michael Szalay

What are Common Questions About Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) and Browlift?

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Hi! I am Dr M Szalay and I have performed over 300 eyelid surgery procedures. I am going to answer some common questions about eyelid surgery. Prior to doing this, it is worth summarising the changes around the eye that occur as we age.

As we get older, the skin and muscles around the eye can loosen. (see diagram).

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Eyelid Ageing

This can cause the tissue of the upper eyelid to droop, possibly hanging over the  eyelashes or even interfering with the vision. Patients often tell me that their symptoms are worse at the end of the day as they get more tired.
In the lower eyelid, wrinkling of the skin can be present or bags can occur due to fat pushing forward. (see diagram).

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Eyelid Bags

The most common questions I am asked by patients are:

Where are the incisions? 
In the upper eyelid, the incision is made mostly in the natural fold of the upper eyelid in order to be as inconspicuous as possible.(see diagram).

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This incision allows me to remove the excess tissue in the upper eyelid. In the lower eyelid, the incision is made on the inside of the eyelid so that no scar will occur. (see diagram).

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Lower Eyelid Incision

This incision allows me to remove the excess fat that is causing the bags. Here is a photo of 2 patients I performed both upper and lower eyelid surgery on.

Upper and lower eyelid

Upper & Lower Eyelid

Upper and lower eyelid

Upper & Lower Eyelid

How long will I need off work? 
Because of swelling and bruising, with the upper eyelid it is best to have 7 to 10 days off work. With the lower eyelid you will need 14 days off. We will give you a detailed list of things to avoid prior to surgery (eg alcohol, aspirin) to minimize bruising and it is important to read this. After the surgery, ice is very helpful for 72 hours and it is important to avoid significant exercise for 2 weeks.

When is a browlift necessary in addition to upper eyelid surgery?
A browlift might be required if it has dropped low. If this happens, it causes sagging on the outer part of the eyelid. It might be best to illustrate this by referring to some images of some of my patients.

Upper eyelid

Upper Eyelid

Upper eyelid

Upper Eyelid

These images (above) show 2 patients who had hooding of their upper eyelids but their eyebrows are in good position. and not contributing to their problem. They only required upper eyelid surgery.

Browlift & Upper Lid

Browlift & Upper Lid

This image (above) shows a patient whose brow was low and contributing to her loose skin so she required a browlift in addition to upper eyelid surgery.

How do you improve loose skin on the lower lid?
As explained above, the incision on the inside of the lower eyelid for lower eyelid surgery allows me to remove the fat which causes the bags. In order to improve loose skin on the lower eyelid, I use the fractional CO2 laser because it safely tightens the skin. Here is an image of a patient who had lower eyelid surgery and laser.

Lower eyelid

Lower Eyelid

What types of browlift do you do?
I perform 3 types of browlift. One relies just on fine sutures to lift the eyebrow (“The Lift”). Here is an example of a patient I used that technique on.

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Browlift – Type 1

Another type relies just on the removal of skin along the hairline to lift the brow and is useful for subtle browlifts. Here is an example of a patient I used this technique on.

Browlift

Browlift – Type 2

The final type relies on both sutures and skin excision and is helpful when a significant browlift is needed. Here is an example of a patient I used this technique on.

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Browlift – Type 3

Results can vary among individuals. Any procedure has risks and it is wise to seek a second opinion. For more information visitwww.precisioncosmetic.com.au