Blepharoplasty ,or eyelid surgery, is a procedure to remove and tighten any excess eyelid skin and to reduce the appearance of bags under the eyes. Its effects are long lasting and give you a more rested and youthful look. In certain cases, removing sagging eyelids will improve and restore your vision. On these occasions, this procedure may be covered by your health insurance policy, so be sure to discuss this with your doctor.
Benefits of this procedure
The benefits of eyelid surgery are both aesthetic and functional. It improves the overall appearance of your eyes and makes you look more rested, alert and rejuvenated. We’re always more confident when we feel good about the way we look, so this surgery is effective in increasing and rebuilding self-esteem. Moreover, blepharoplasty can reduce or eliminate certain vision problems by removing sagging and droopy eyelids from your line of vision.
During your consultation, let your doctor know if an ophthalmologist is currently seeing you because he will need to be informed about any eye diseases. The surgeon will also want to know if you’re taking medications, if you have any allergies or if you smoke. It’s important to note that complications that occur during the operation and that slow the healing process are more prevalent in smokers.
To reduce bleeding during and after surgery, avoid taking aspirin or anti-inflammatories two weeks before and one week after the operation. Don’t wear any eye makeup during the 24 hours prior to your blepharoplasty. On the day of your surgery, wear comfortable clothing that’s easy to remove and don’t put on any makeup or jewellery. If a facelift is going to be performed at the same time, make sure to wash your hair the day before or the day of the operation.
Eyelid surgery is usually performed under general, regional or local anaesthesia and takes about one to two hours. The incisions, made with high precision tools, are very fine and the stitches are removed a few days after. Usually, your stay at our specialized medical centre will be less than 24 hours. That being said, it’s strongly recommended that you have someone take you home once you’ve been discharged.
Blepharoplasty usually causes very little pain. Your surgeon will prescribe you some painkillers and eye drops (for irritation) to be taken when needed. You should also apply cold compresses to your eyelids to reduce swelling. The first few days should be entirely devoted to resting, preferably in a sitting position in your bed. Keep you head elevated and avoid strenuous physical activities, sleeping on flat surfaces or drinking alcohol. Wear sunglasses to reduce your hypersensitivity to bright lights, the wind and the sun. The healing process usually takes about four to six months, and scars will eventually fade away as the weeks go by.
Although uncommon, eyelid surgery can cause certain complications. Rest assured, though, that our staff will provide you with the very best care should one of these complications occur.
If you’re considering blepharoplasty, then come see the specialists at the Centre de Chirurgie Plastique de l’Île-des-Sœurs in Montreal. Dr. Gilles Beauregard and his team have the experience and knowledge to perform a full range of cosmetic and plastic surgeries and treatments. Their personalized approach will reflect your needs and expectations and is guaranteed to leave you looking and feeling great.
Contact us today for more information or to book a consultation.