Blepharoplasty

Improve your appearance and psychology by correcting “heavy eyes” and “goose foot”.

Blepharoplasty In General

The aging process affects the face as well as the eyes. The mechanisms are similar to those that cause aging in the face, but there are also particularities. The skin and muscles loosen, and the fat that normally exists in the eye socket increases.

As a result, the fold of the skin of the upper eyelids is very close to the lashes, creating a sense that the eyes are “heavy”. Additionally, for women, there is difficulty in applying makeup. The lower eyelid droops and wrinkles appear on the side, known as “crow’s feet”.

All of the above results in the woman or man looking more or less tired, and their appearance not being consistent with how they feel.

Upper or lower blepharoplasty is an operation done either individually or in combination with rhytidoplasty. Blepharoplasty alone is done to relatively young people, around 30 to 40, where either because of hereditary factors or due to the modern lifestyle, the eye area droops or sags, resulting in them looking permanently tired. Needless to say, appearance affects the initial impression we give to others and especially in the case of appearance playing a major role in our professional space.

Combined with rhytidoplasty, blepharoplasty is done to older ages, as part of a comprehensive effort to rejuvenate the face. It is good, for men and women alike, not to leave this operation for too late.

Blepharoplasty

Improve your appearance and psychology by correcting “heavy eyes” and “goose foot”.

Preparation for blepharoplasty

During the first visit, after taking a detailed medical history, it will be decided whether the blepharoplasty will be performed under local or general anesthesia, as well as the type that is considered suitable for the specific case of the patient, such as classic blepharoplasty or laser blepharoplasty.

Surgical procedures are performed in fully equipped private hospitals in Athens and London, and the most modern and safe methods of anesthesia are used by the team of anesthesiologists.

You must avoid smoking, as well as taking certain vitamins and medications for a week before surgery. Taking aspirin and multivitamins specifically will have to be stopped two weeks before surgery.

Strict adherence to these instructions speeds up the healing process and reduces the chances of complications. Depending on the type of blepharoplasty, you will be off work for four to ten days.

Before blepharoplasty

  • Avoid sunbathing for one week before the operation.
  • If you are taking any medication, inform Dr. Gaitanis, so that he can advise you on its continuation.
  • ALCOHOL is prohibited 48 hours before the operation.
  • ASPIRIN is prohibited for at least one week before the operation. You may take paracetamol.
  • If you are a smoker, it is important to significantly reduce smoking or even better to QUIT it.
  • The morning before the operation, take a shower or bath and wash your hair, but do not use hair spray or other products. Do not apply any face creams.
  • Arrange your transfer to and from the hospital in advance. Dr. Gaitanis will have informed you whether you will stay overnight in the hospital or leave in the afternoon of the same day.

The procedure

Blepharoplasty needs about one to one and a half hours of surgery. Of course, each woman is different and treatments are personalized. The procedure is performed in such a way as to tackle the specific problems which affect the appearance of the woman or the man.

For the upper eyelid, surgical incisions are made in the middle area where there is normally a fold, and just below the eyelashes for the lower eyelid. The surgeon mobilizes the skin, removes excess fat and places the muscles and skin in their improved and more youthful position.

Operation Day

  • Eating or drinking is prohibited for at least 6 hours before the operation.
  • Remove nail polish, contact lenses, jewelry and makeup before leaving home for the hospital.
  • Wear comfortable, loose clothes.
  • Take sunglasses with you in order to wear them after the operation.

After the operation

In most cases, you will return home the same day, unless you have undergone simultaneous face lifting, in which case you will stay in the hospital overnight. You will be given a special antibiotic ointment, which you will put on your eyes twice a day and it is also recommended to apply cold compresses for 15 minutes, three times a day for the first two days.

You will need to rest at home for a week and the stitches will be removed after 5 days. You may need to use eye drops for the first two weeks. You will be able to read and watch TV three days after surgery. You should not wear contact lenses for about two weeks after surgery. Of course you are allowed to wear your vision glasses.

Your new face after blepharoplasty

The surgical incisions are such a spot that they are difficultly seen. The scars may be slightly red for a short time, but after a week you can cover them with makeup. You should protect your face with sunscreen and sunglasses for three months.

Generally your eyes will look fresh and the bags under eyes and the unnecessary skin will disappear.

  • ASPIRIN is prohibited for 7 days after the operation.
  • ALCOHOL is prohibited for 48 hours after the operation.
  • Follow the medication recommended by Dr. Gaitanis.
  • Avoid sunbathing for one month after the operation.
  • Periodically apply cold compresses to the eyes for the next 24 hours.
  • Do not bend down, lift heavy objects or apply pressure for the next 7 days.
  • If you have been so instructed by Dr. Gaitanis, use eye drops every 3 to 4 hours.
  • Wash your face gently using only cold water for the first 24 hours, keep the bandages dry.
  • Do not wear contact lenses for a week. Wear glasses instead.

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