According to a cliché, the eyes serve as windows to the soul. It is no wonder why a lot of people (especially women) spend a great deal of money on making their eyes look good. From makeup to surgery, you name it, everyone is willing to go to great lengths to achieve the perfect looking set of eyes. You can undergo a new form of cosmetic surgery that is growing in popularity in the industry today – eyelid surgery. But before you go under the knife, you need to know some facts about this type of surgery so you can speed up recovery and maximize the benefits.
Types of Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery is also known as blehpharoplasty in the medical world. When people refer to this type of surgery, they often think of one major medical procedure only. However, there are several different types of surgery with which an individual can choose from depending on the desired result. The surgery can be concentrated on different parts of the eyelid such as the upper, lower or both parts of the lids.
During your pre-surgery consultation, you can discuss the specific type of surgery you will undergo with your surgeon. Based on your desired result, the appropriate surgical procedure will be recommended for you.
Eyelid surgery is considered mostly a cosmetic surgery designed to enhance the look of your eyes. To be specific, people who choose to undergo this surgery do so to achieve symmetry in their face.
However, there are also other benefits to undergoing eyelid surgery that is not just cosmetic. It can remove sagging skin under your lids that could hamper your vision.
Since most of the surgeries performed on the eyelids are done with cosmetic benefit in mind, insurance companies do not include this type of surgery in their coverage. You need to obtain a quote from your surgeon about the procedure prior to going under the knife. This will ensure that you can afford for the cost of the surgery, especially since it won’t be covered by your insurance.
Like any surgical procedures, there are certain risks involved that could take effect after undergoing the said procedure. One possible risk is that of infection (which is true in most surgeries, not just eyelid surgeries). Make sure your doctor issue antibiotics to combat these infections, should they arise.
Bleeding behind the eyes and under the skin is also a possible risk. Also, you will notice that you will not be able to fully close your eyes after the surgery. Other potential risks include double vision and internal scarring.
There is a certain recovery period involved when undergoing eyelid surgery. It is important to note that not all patients are required to undergo hospital stay, although this could vary on a case-to-case basis. It is the doctor’s call on the appropriate setup for patients.
Following the surgery, some redness and swelling is completely normal. You will also notice that you tear up excessively. Another common after-effect is some blurry vision. Stitches will be removed after 2-3 days but full recovery is expected within several weeks.