Blepharoplasty helps to quickly transform, making the look open and clear, which creates the effect of a general facial rejuvenation. The fact that the rehabilitation period after the intervention is relatively quick and easy adds to the popularity of this method.

Plastic surgeon Pavel Golovanev told about the types of surgery, as well as what the patient should prepare for after the surgeon’s work is done.

Today, not only many women, but also men resort to blepharoplasty. You can tighten your eyelids in a variety of ways.

Types of blepharoplasty

Upper. Helps eliminate overhanging upper eyelids that make the look gloomy and gloomy. During the operation, the surgeon removes excess skin and fat pads, corrects asymmetry, if any.

Lower. It helps to eliminate age-related changes, remove excess skin, deep nasolacrimal grooves and fatty hernia in the lower periorbital region, which create the effect of a haggard face.

Circular. Affects the entire periorbital region. Suitable for patients who require correction of both upper and lower eyelids at the same time. Thus, the surgeon comprehensively rejuvenates the area around the eyes.

Transconjunctival. A compound word means that the intervention is carried out through a small incision in the conjunctiva of the eye. The method helps to remove bags under the eyes. This defect may not be associated with aging; in some, this anatomical feature occurs even in youth. But over the years, of course, it becomes more pronounced. This operation is especially popular due to its seamless technique and fast recovery period. True, it is suitable only for those patients who have firm and elastic skin under the eyes that does not require additional correction.

fat-preserving. It is excellent for older patients, because due to the redistribution of hernial sacs, smooth contours are created and retractions disappear. If the fat under the eyes is not enough, then it is taken from other parts of the body. Thus, there is not only a correction, but also a rejuvenation of the periorbital region.

It does not hurt?

Each person has their own pain threshold and their own characteristics of the body. Based on this, the doctor, together with the patient, decides which type of anesthesia to choose during the operation. There are the following options:

local anesthesia. It gives a slight discomfort, which is easy to remove with additional anesthesia;

local anesthesia with additional medical sedation. Suitable for impressionable patients, because, in addition to anesthesia, sedatives are administered intravenously. It is neither sleep nor wakefulness, but something in between;

general anesthesia. Everything is clear here: he plunges the patient into a deep sleep, during which the person not only does not feel pain, but also does not remember the process of the operation itself.

And then what?

After blepharoplasty, the patient is discharged from the clinic within a few hours. You need to prepare for this in advance and take sunglasses with you, as the photosensitivity of the eyes will increase for a while. In order not to touch the operated area once again, the lenses will have to be replaced with glasses for the next couple of weeks. Also, in the first days after the operation, it is important to reduce eye strain and, if possible, exclude the use of a computer and other gadgets. It is better to sleep with your head elevated for several days, so as not to accidentally injure the operated area. You need to try to wash your hair very carefully so as not to wet your eyelids. It is better to use dry shampoo for a while.

Already on the 2-3rd day, pain begins to pass. In the operated area, swelling may increase and a feeling of numbness may occur. The stitches are removed on the 4th or 5th day. Over the next week, the periorbital region returns to normal, and at the end of this period, you can return to your usual life.

It is better to refrain from serious physical exertion (in particular, fitness visits) for a month. On average, after 1.5 months, it is already possible to evaluate the result. The scars remaining after the operation turn pale and become almost invisible for about six months. Until this happens, they can be masked with foundation. But the result remains for many years.

How to speed up recovery

After the operation, the doctor may recommend physiotherapy to the patient – they will help speed up healing. For example, microcurrent therapy is popular after blepharoplasty. It reduces puffiness and normalizes the outflow of lymph.

Active hydration of the periorbital zone will also help with healing, so the skin after surgery requires more thorough care, the use of high-quality moisturizing creams for the skin around the eyes. Plus, the doctor can prescribe exercises for the eyes – squinting and blinking frequently. This process is also good for recovery. If you follow the doctor’s recommendations and do not self-medicate, then the rehabilitation period will pass easily, and the patient will be able to enjoy the desired result sooner.