There is a saying that “the eyes are the mirror of the soul,” but what if your eyes look older than your feel? It seems that the skin around the eyes is always the first area to show signs of aging. If this area does not look as bright and fresh as it used to, eyelid surgery is designed to restore the natural look to your eyelids and thus rejuvenate your appearance. The procedure is also used to treat skin that folds or interferes with the natural line of the eyelids, the excess fat which makes the eyelids look puffy, the bags under the eyes, and more. Surgery can be performed on the upper or lower eyelids, or both, depending on your individual needs.
How is eyelid surgery performed?
The surgery is performed under local or general anesthesia, as recommended by the surgeon. The procedure lasts from forty minutes to an hour and a half, depending on the area of the eyelid treated; upper, lower, or both. The incisions are made so that the scars will be well hidden within the natural structure of the eyelid area, making them virtually invisible. The location of the incisions is determined by the treatment chosen, and through them the excess skin and fat are removed in order to lift the eyelids and return them to their natural position.
What to expect after surgery?
After returning home, cold compressions should be placed on the eyes to calm the area and reduce the swelling that may occur within several days. In the first few days after surgery the eyes may be very sensitive, and you should therefore wear sunglasses. You can resume your normal routine after several days, and complete recovery is expected within several weeks. Optimal results will be visible several months after the procedure, when skin tissue elasticity is restored, and are expected to last for many years.