The skin around the eyelids can lose its elasticity as the years go by. As a result, loose folds of skin can develop on the upper eyelids, while deep creases can occur under the lower lids. It is possible to undergo cosmetic eyelid surgery that can remove fat and excess skin from around the eyes. However, it is important to remember that one should not rush into the decision to undergo cosmetic surgery. One should first discuss ones options, especially with ones family doctor or general practitioner. Medical professionals such as this can advise you on the appropriate surgeon or hospital to attend.
Before undergoing the operation, one should fully discuss the desired outcome of the surgery with the surgeon. It is also important to understand exactly what one can realistically expect to achieve through the operation. It is also important to note that other eye problems, such as glaucoma, dry eye, or detached retinas, can lead to potential complications. If this is the case, then one should see a specialist eye doctor before undergoing the operation. It is also worth remembering that wrinkles around the eyes can be reduced through the use of chemical peels or laser treatments.
It is important to prepare properly for the operation. Before the operation, the surgeon will examine ones eyelids, vision, the front of the eye, the retina, and the tear film. You will be given proper instructions as to how to prepare for the operation. It will be necessary to give up smoking, as this can increase the chances of developing a chest or wound infection in the post-operative period. Recovery time will also be delayed if you are smoking during this period.
Also up for discussion prior to the operation will be the type of anesthesia that you wish to be used during the surgical process. If you choose to undergo a local anesthetic, then you might also require the use of a sedative in order to be able to properly relax during the operation. If you wish to undergo a general anesthetic, then you will be asked to fast for a certain period of time. This period is normally about six hours before the surgery. During hospitalization, the nurse will check your heart rate, blood pressure, and urine. The operation normally lasts for one to three hours, depending on the procedure. It can take as much as ten days to properly recover from the procedure.