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People have always been concerned about the appearance of their eyes. As the eyes are the windows of the soul, it’s natural to want them to look as bright and attractive as possible.
The eyes themselves are actually without any expression. It’s the tissues around the eyes that create our expressions and communicate our personalities.
What are eyelids, exactly?
The function of eyelids and eyelashes is to protect our eyes. Eyelid skin is very thin and the inside of each lid is covered with a mucous membrane. There are glands in the skin, which produce fluids to keep our eyes moist.
There are fibrous plates made of strong connective tissue, which support the eyelids. Small eye muscles open and close the lids.
As we age, these small muscles around our eyes weaken and the skin stretches. So the fat under the skin pouches out. Stretched skin is pulled down by gravity and bags form under the eyes. Sun damage contributes too (uneven pigmentation, deeper wrinkles, etc.). All this makes our eyes appear sleepy, droopy and old.
Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) moves or removes extra fat and skin and tightens muscles to create a more alert and younger look. This type of facial cosmetic surgery has always been very popular.
Talking with your cosmetic
There’ll be a complete physical done, perhaps some eye tests, and a health history taken. If you wear glasses, remember to bring them with you. Eyesight is not affected by eyelid surgery.
Your plastic surgeon will explain what procedures he thinks are best for you, and why, and how they’re done. Sometimes a person will think eyelid surgery is the solution, but the surgeon may suggest another procedure such as a browlift or mid-facelift, or a combination of procedures. He’ll give you various options and together you can arrive at the best plan.
Good candidates for eyelid
There are some conditions that make eyelid surgery possibly a poor risk. For instance, anyone with high blood pressure, glaucoma, dry eyes, diabetes, cardiovascular disease or thyroid problems should be carefully interviewed and screened.
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Preparation for eyelid surgery:
The surgery itself:
In working on the lower eyelids, not a lot of fat is removed. Fat may be moved and used to fill any nearby sunken areas.
The bruising will increase during the first week or so, then slowly subside in the following weeks.
Some itching and dryness are common, and your plastic surgeon will prescribe eye drops. There might also be some temporary vision changes, such as blurriness, double vision or extra sensitivity to light.
The stitches will be removed after a few days. Until then, rest is the best activity. You’ll be able to watch TV and read during this time. You should be able to return to work after a week. For about 3 weeks, avoid any activity that might raise your blood pressure, and stay away from alcohol.
In the longer term:
Article submitted by: Sara Goldstein, firstname.lastname@example.org, 17301 W. Colfax, Suite 275, Golden, CO, USA 80401
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