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Crucial Issues You Need To Know About Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery

Aug 21, 2007
Cosmetic eyelid surgery (or blepharoplasty) is a well sought after surgery, especially by people who want to look younger and fresher. It is performed to remove fats as well as excess muscle and skin from the lower and upper eyelids. Eye lid surgery can correct puffy eye bags and drooping eyelids which will will result in you looking less tired and a lot younger

For some Asians, cosmetic eyelid surgery can create the "double eyelids" look. This is actually done by adding crease to the upper eyelid but it won't eliminate evidences of racial or ethnic heritage. Not that eyelid surgery won't take away crow's feet and other types of wrinkles. Nor would it remove the dark circles under your eyes nor lift those sagging eyebrows. To rectify those, you may need other types of surgery.

So you want to go for eyelid surgery but are you qualified?

People go for eye lid surgery typically to correct some imperfections and boost their self image and appearance. But are you a candidate in the first place? To get a better picture, answer these questions :-

1. Do you have loose skin that usually hangs down from my eyes' upper lids and maybe impairing my vision?

2. Do you have excess skin that's obscuring the normal fold of my upper eyelids?

3. Do you have eye bags and dark circles right under your eyes, typically having a depression down the bony edge of my lower eyelids?

4. Do you have puffy appearance of the upper eyelids, causing the eyes to look tired?

5. Do you have fine wrinkles in the lower eyelids?

6.Do you have droopy lower eyelids that shows the white portion below the iris?

If you have any of the above problems, eyelid surgery can help correct them. But other treatments may need to be considered in some cases as well. For example, a forehead lift can be considered to rectify the problem of eyebrow sagging. For crow's feet, laser resurfacing process or forehead lift may be required. And circles under your eyes that come as a result of dark pigmentation may be removed along with chemical peel or bleaching procedures.

But what are ther risks of having an eyelid surgery?

As with any surgery, complications can occur although these can be kept to a minimum if you engage a well qualified plastic surgeon for your eyelid surgery. Among the many complications are:

1. Body's response to anesthesia
2. Asymmetrical scarring
3. Infection
4. Blurred or double vision few days after the surgery

In additional, if you have any of the following medical conditions, eye lid surgery can be dangerous. These medical conditions include:

1. Diabetes

2. Dry eye

3. High blood pressure

4. Glaucoma

5. Cardiovascular disease

6. Thyroid problems

7. Detached retina

Discuss the issue with your surgeon before the operation. In the worst case scenario, some patients may experience difficulty in closing their eyes after surgery. This problem can be permanent so be very careful.

So, you have qualified and decided to dive into eye lid surgery. What should you expect to undergo? Here are some things:-

1. The eyelid surgery can take 1 to 3 hours to complete

2. Your plastic surgeon will use local anesthesia during the operation to numb the portion around your eyes

3. Typically, intravenous or oral sedatives are given and the patient needs to be awake in the entire surgery procedure

4. In some cases, general anesthesia is given and the patient remains asleep during the surgery

So there you have it. All you need to consider if you are thinking of going for eyelid surgery. The eyes have it.
About the Author
Gary Toh is the owner of BlogBelle.com, a site dedicated to cosmetic beauty and cosmetic eyelid surgery
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