8 Lesser Known Facts about Eyelid Surgery

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eyelid surgery factsEyelid surgery, aka blepharoplasty, is getting more and more popularity among patients looking for improvement in their looks. Now, these procedures including lower and upper eyelid surgery are covered by insurance too. While they are known to many people by now, there are still some lesser known interesting facts about them. Here are some.

1. Eyelid Surgery is Not Only Cosmetic

Eyelid surgery is done to tighten the sagging, loose skin and to remove the excess amount of fat from the skin around eyes, and thus can be considered a cosmetic procedure as it improves the looks of eyes. But it has also a practical application. Because of accumulation of excess fat and drooping skin, upper eyelids can actually obstruct our vision. In that case, an upper eyelid surgery can‘t just be called cosmetic.

2. Eyelid Surgery is the Second Most Popular Plastic Surgery

Yes, eyelid surgery is the second most popular cosmetic procedure falling just behind rhinoplasty. The number of eyelid surgeries performed every year is growing by around 6%.

eyelid surgery is the 2nd most popular surgery

3. Eyelid Surgery Incisions are Not Seen

While most other procedures done on the outer and also inner sides of our body show the incisions and thereby affect appearance of the skin at least to some extent, the incisions made during eyelid surgeries are hidden skilfully among the natural creases of skin around eyes and also in the eyelid itself. In case of upper blepharoplasty, the incision is concealed within the crease of the eyelid and in lower blepharoplasty, it is hidden below the lashes. In the course of time, the scars fade and become almost unnoticeable.

4. Lower and Upper Blepharoplasty can be Done Simultaneously

Though not all, but some, patients need both lower as well as upper blepharoplasty. In that case, the patient’s and doctor’s time can be saved by performing both the procedures at the same time. However, for this, the doctor should first evaluate many facial factors of the patient carefully.

5. Blepharoplasty is not Just for Women

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Blepharoplasty is neither meant for nor popular among only women, but it’s recommended for and popular among men too. Thousands of men undergo eyelid surgery every year for a variety of reasons, cosmetic or therapeutic.

6. Results will be Seen after a Year

Though you must be eager to see the results immediately after the surgery, you better have patience, because the real results will start to show a year after the procedure. It takes almost a year for the desired results to show as the muscles, skin and tissue surrounding the eyes start to establish in place by that period. However, though you require patience to see the final results, those final outcomes are rewarding and long-lasting.

before and after blepharoplasty

7. Local Anaesthesia is Used

An eyelid surgery usually takes 45 minutes to a couple of hours to complete, depending upon the particulars of the surgery. During the surgery, local anaesthesia is used along with sedation. However, for patients suffering from anxiety or nervousness about the procedure, general anaesthesia may also be used.

8. Eyelid Surgery has No Alternative

While there are lots of beauty treatments available, eyelid surgery has no alternative. Though there are some simple home remedies that can cure eye bags, they are just for acute puffiness. After the bags are permanent, only eyelid surgery can remove them.

Dr. Naveen Somia is a leading upper and lower eyelid surgeon in Sydney. Visit his website to know more about eyelid surgery and their pluses and minuses.

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