As the age of a person progresses,
drooping around the eyelids is a common problem. This condition
hampers the facial appearance of a person and can have serious
repercussions on an individual’s self-assurance. Sun
damage and heredity can be key causes of this problem and
can accelerate the change.
known as a blepharoplasty, upper eyelid surgery
helps to remove the loose skin, fat deposits and any dropping
tissue forming around the upper eyelids. This condition is
also known as ‘hooding of the upper lid’, which
means there’s excess skin on the upper eyelid itself,
which causes it to droop. By re-draping this excess, surgeons
are able to give your eyes a more rested and youthful appearance,
eliminating any traces of tiredness and old age.
Younger people can also opt for
this procedure if they suffer from puffiness around the eyes
from congenital excess fatty tissue. This puffiness of the
middle of the upper eyelid and the inner corner of the eye
is caused by herniation of fat.
At the same time, this surgery
can widen the field of peripheral vision in those individuals
who suffer from ‘eye strain’, by using utilizing
the forehead muscles to aid in the elevation of the upper
eyelids. You must keep in mind, however, that this procedure
isn’t meant to remove dark circles under your eyes,
saggy eyebrows or ‘crow’s feet’. Nonetheless,
this surgery can be combined with other cosmetic
treatment to enhance the overall appearance of your eyes.
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Whenever it comes to
plastic surgery, you need to keep in mind that no procedure
will ever provide an ‘ideal’ aspect to your face.
The aim of cosmetic treatment
is to achieve an improvement, to enhance your facial appearance.
This can help you boost your self-confidence and make you
feel better about yourself, while keeping realistic expectations.
This is one of the core values we have here at BetterLooks;
we want our clients to be completely satisfied with the results
of their surgery and to heighten their self-assurance.
However, when surgeons evaluate a
client for a potential blepahroplasty, they prefer for the
person to have the following characteristics:
- Good physical health.
- Over 18 years old.
- Psychological stability.
- Lack of ophthalmic conditions (for eg: detached retina
- Lack of cardiac ailments or medical conditions (eg: high
blood pressure, thyroid related conditions or circulatory
These outlines are a basic list
of what doctor’s look for when evaluating a person for
upper eyelid surgery and determining if the surgery is appropriate
for you or not. However, they do not encompass the whole picture,
therefore we recommend you have a detailed discussion with
your surgeon first before
submitting yourself to the operation.
Before any type of procedure is
performed, patients at BetterLooks are required to have a
detailed discussion with their plastic
surgeon. By doing so, both parties have the opportunity
to contribute in the whole process and to increase the client's
level of satisfaction. The patient must discuss his/her expectations
openly with their doctor, who will help determine what isn't
or what is possible to accomplish. All the different aspects
of the surgery you are willing to undertake (the cost and
recovery process) must be extremely clear to you.
You will need to inform you doctor
of any allergies you might be prone to or if you have any
serious medical conditions. Make sure to ask your doctor concerning
the diverse details that the surgery entails. For example,
you should know if you should stop taking certain medications
(eg: aspirin) or if you will need to refrain from drinking
or eating for a certain time period before your surgery.
When preparing for your surgery in
Costa Rica, BetterLooks will make sure to provide all the
best possible services during your procedure. We will arrange
for your transport and will offer the
best commodities during your recovery. All this can be
arranged previously with our organization.
If you have any questions, our surgeons
will be more than happy to help you during your
For this type of
procedure, the anesthesia of choice is usually local. However,
general anesthesia can be used as well, depending on the patient
and surgeon preferences for safety and comfort. Your doctor
may choose to operate on all four of your eyelids at the same
time or divide the work between upper and lower sections.
stat off, your doctor will make incisions along the natural
folds of your upper eyelids (below the eyelashes for the lower
lids) by using a laser or a traditional scalpel. Once the
eyelids are extended, the surgeon proceeds to remove the excess
muscle, skin and fat. The whole process can take from one
to three hours, depending on the how many eyelids are being
worked on at a time. When the removal phase is complete, the
incisions are closed with mini-sutures, minimizing any risk
Depending on your and
your doctor’s preferences, you may need to stay overnight
at the hospital. However, this procedure is usually performed
in an out patient basis and you will be able to return home
right after the operation and bandages are not required in
Even though the length of the recovery
period varies from person to person, you can expect a certain
amount of swelling and bruising for the first few days. To
minimize your discomfort, you can apply cold compresses to
your eyelids for the first two day. Keep in mind that the
bruising and swelling may persist for up to a whole month
of the operation. If the discomfort is too much for you, you
can always ask your doctor to prescribe you some medications.
If you experience mayor swelling,
this may cause your sight to blur up, or become double on
some occasions. Bear in mind that this will disappear once
the swelling subdues. However, your sight might be blurry
for a few more days and your eyes may become extremely sensitive
Also, you may feel a certain tightness
and soreness around your eyes, especially during the first
week. Sometimes, the eyes can dry up and irritation occurs;
if this happens, it is recommended for you to use non-preserved
lubricating eye drops or some type of lubricating ophthalmic
At first, you may think that the
stitches from the surgery are too red and bumpy. Keep in mind
that as time progresses, the resulting scar will become unremarkable
and flat. The sutures should be removed approximately a week
after the procedure.
During this first week, you must
refrain from participating in activities which may dry your
eyes (eg: watching TV, reading, using the computer or wearing
contact lenses). Try to avoid excessive blinking, since this
can actually lead to increasing swelling. We recommend you
wear dark sunglasses to provide some protection against the
wind and sun, since your eyes will most likely tire easily
for several weeks. You should avoid activities which increase
the blood flow to your eyes as well, such as lifting, bending,
crying and sports.
As with any type of cosmetic
surgery, complications are unusual, but they sometimes
do happen. However, they are usually minor and can be reduced
by precisely following your doctor’s directions before
and after the procedure.
Infection is always a possibility
when it comes to cosmetic treatments;
however, the probability of it happening is extremely low.
In the event of it occurring, your doctor will treat it with
a prescribed antibiotic and it will be taken care of in a
On extremely rare occasion, patients
who have submitted themselves to upper eyelid surgery can
suffer from bleeding behind the eye (retrobulbar hematoma),
which can cause loss of vision.
Another rare instance is the inability
to completely close your eyelids, which may be permanent in
the most uncommon of cases. However, keep in mind that this
problem may be corrected through further surgery.
Make sure to ask your Better Looks
surgeon concerning any risks you might have to face when undertaking
this surgery. However, you must keep in mind that our certified
group of doctors works full-time to prevent such scenarios
from happening, since we value the health of our patients
above anything else.
In order to keep the risks at a
bare minimum, please make sure that you follow your surgeons
instructions at all times.
The information given in this website
should be considered as an introduction to a upper eyelid
surgery (blepharoplasty). Before deciding on submitting yourself
to the procedure
described above, we highly recommend you contact BetterLooks
directly, so we can answer any specific question you might
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