For those young and lively looking eyes again.
Blepharoplasty is a procedure used for genetically inherited of age-related eye deformations and the procedure usually takes between 30 and 90 minutes to complete.
This procedure does not requirement an overnight stay and is performed under sedation or local anaesthetic. There are no visible scars and the no pain is felt, most patient return to their normal routine immediately and the dressings are removed after 4-5 days.
How do the eyelids become deformed?
Either genetics or age related changes can give the patient a permanently tired look and aged expression, these changes can be reversed using Blepharoplasty.
The skin over the eyes is the thinnest on the body and is therefore the first skin to wrinkle. Over time, this deformation becomes exaggerated as the midface bones retract causing the position of the eyebrows, eyelids, eye muscles and the fat layer to change. Whilst short-term temporary procedures such as Botox can work, Eyelid Surgery is a permanent solution.
By removing the excess skin and herniated fat tissues, Dr Tiryaki can restore a younger livelier look for the eyes. Where excessive sagging of the eyelid has occurred impacting on the quality of the patients vision, this procedure can have a positive impact on the patients vision.
If required Dr Tiryaki will also use tissue transplants to support the eyelid and create a natural look. All incisions made during this procedure are hidden within the natural creases of the eyelid and remain invisible.
Lower Eyelid Operations
Bags under the eyes caused by genetics, stress, age, insomnia or poor nutrition can give a person a tired haggard look. This darkening below the eyes can be difficult to mask even using heavy makeup, and so the patient might consider having the procedure performed on the lower eyelids. If you require both lower and upper eyelids procedures, Dr Tiryaki will advise you on the best procedure for you.
Guidelines for surgery
The following guidelines apply for all types of surgery.
- Use of all blood thinners should be stopped (under guidance from Dr Tiryaki)
- Smoking should stop from the date of the operation until 10-14 days after the treatment. Any activities that will increase blood pressure should also be halted.
- You will be able to return home on the day of your surgery
- As the area of where the incisions are made is not visible there will be no visible scars from the procedure
- If both lower and upper eyelid procedures are performed together, the total operating time is around 90 minutes
- Some swelling might occur but should subside within a few days
- It is recommended that you rest for 2 days after the surgery and sleep on a high pillow
- There are no age related restrictions for eye surgery
- Exposing the area to strong sunlight is not recommended after surgery, so if a summer holiday is planned, it would be best to schedule your surgery at another time
- This surgery is frequently combined with other facial procedures such as the mini-lift and micro-lift
Frequently Asked Questions
As with all surgical procedures, it is necessary to stop using blood thinners three weeks before the operation. In order to avoid problems during the healing period, it is advisable to limit smoking as early as 2 to 3 weeks.
After an eyelid aesthetical operation, thin short bands are placed in the operated area, but there is no need to close the eyes totally. During the healing period we advise patients to use a high pillow. Since this operation has a generally easy healing period, the patient can return to normal life after resting for one or two days . There may be a certain amount of swelling in the first few days following surgery.
Aged or problem skin under the eyes can give the face a lifeless, tired and old expression. Under-eye bags can cause a person to look haggard and sleep deprived, and circles under the eyes can be so dark that it is impossible to mask them without heavy makeup. Symptoms like these may develop due to genetic factors or bad nutrition, stress or insomnia. ‘Hollowed’ eyes can create a shadow effect and cause a dark, purple ring around the eyes. All of these problems can be solved easily with eye aesthetics.
When we meet someone, the eyes are usually the first place we look, but time can be be cruel to the eye area and show up the first signs of aging. Excess skin on the upper eyelid can collect on top of the eyes, damaging the overall aesthetic of the eye area and sometimes even collapsing onto the eye and impacting vision. This can be resolved with a simple procedure, which not only brings back a youthful and vivid expression to the eyes, but also eliminates related vision disorders.
There is no minimum or maximum age limits specified for eyelid surgeries. Minor deformations occurring around the eyes at early ages can usually be solved by non-surgical procedures. However, as age advances or, as the level of deformation increases, non-surgical procedures become insufficient. In these cases, the only real solution is the eyelid surgery. There is no upper age limit specified for this surgery.
Excess skin from the upper eyelid is removed and sutured into the line that is already present in this area. If there is excess skin in the lower eyelid, the skin is opened up with a line just below the eyelashes, the herniated fat is removed and the lower eyelid is secured. No scars are visible since the suture line is kept just below the eyelashes.
There is no particularly favourable time for eyelid surgery, although the patient’s eyes should not be directly exposed to sunlight so summer may not be advisable if you have a holiday planned. It is possible to do this surgery at any time with regular sunglass usage after the surgery.
Eyelid operations can be performed alone or in collaboration with other facial operations such as a face lift. Eyelid surgery on its own provides a certain amount of revitalisation to the upper area of the face, but integrating this with surgery on the forehead, brows and any sagging areas can provide very satisfying results for the patient.