What is Blepharoplasty?
In this article, our plastic surgeon talks about everything about blepharoplasty. Bags and black circles around the eyes add years and make you look tired. The skin at this area is sensitive and thin enough, so over time there are various symptoms that burden our image. The projection of peri-colonic fat and the collapse of the ophthalmic muscle are some of them. Blepharoplasty is one of the most frequent interventions in terms of facial aesthetics.
The word blepharoplasty is complex and comes from the words blepharo (eyelid) and the word plastic. So it means, I create, I give shape. The improvement of the lower and upper eyelids contribute significantly to the overall appearance of women and men. Blepharoplasty is a method against aging, which removes excess skin and fat from the eyelids. So, you will again get a relaxed and a refreshed youthful look on the face! Also, if the problem is not great, you can proceed to non surgical blepharoplasty using PLEXR or injectable blepharoplasty.
Do i need Blepharoplasty?
The question of whether you need blepharoplasty or not can be answered if you give more than 2 positive answers to the following questions:
- Do you think your eyes look too tired?
- Are your upper eyelids thinner than before and have hanged?
- Are your upper eyelids tangled with the eyelashes and you feel the sweat gets into your eyes?
- Does it reduces your visual field and your sight?
- Do you have headaches from everyday effort to keep your eyes open?
- You can not use makeup on the upper eyelids?
Causes of black circles
The main causes that make bags and black circles are:
- Continuous lack of sleep
- Excessive fatigue
- Fluid retention
- Fat around the lower eyelids
- Bad nutrition
- Many hours in front of a screen
- Vision Problems
Non surgical Blepharoplasty (PLEXR)
The classic surgical method of blepharoplasty has until now been the only way to renew our look. Thanks to the evolution of technology and science, we now have a new PLEXR method. PLEXR is a new microsurgical device that has immediate results after 2 to 3 sessions. In this treatment we do not use a scalpel or laser to remove excess skin. Also, there are no sutures and all the possible complications of a surgical procedure are avoided. It is a painless and easy treatment that you can immediately return to your day-to-day activities. PLEXR is the ideal solution for anyone who feels incisions and sutures because of the surgery of classic blepharoplasty. With this method we can instantly restore the defects around the eyes. Each session lasts about 20 minutes and does not need injectable anesthesia, except the use of anesthesia ointment. Unlike surgical blepharoplasty, signs after the session are very small and can be covered with special make-up. PlEXR blepharoplasty is based on the sublimation process, which removes the keratinocytes from the skin. In addition, there are no scars and it does not affect the surrounding tissues.
What does Blepharoplasty PLEXR do?
- Upper and lower blepharoplasty
- Correction of periocular wrinkles
- Removal of xanthams
- Significant improvement of midsection, smoker and goose foot wrinkles
- Removal of moles
- Significant improvement of acne
- Reduction of scars
- Improving stretch marks
- Face lifting
This type of blepharoplasty is aimed at reducing fat and removing loose skin around the eyes. It is ideal for men and women over 35 years of age, except in younger cases where the fall of the upper eyelid causes problems in the vision. Blepharoplasty is done on the 4 eyelids or individually if there is a problem with one of them.
The wrinkles on the side of the eye do not get much better with this method, so you can combine it with chemical peeling. Also, blepharoplasty is often combined with eyebrow rectification or facelift, depending on each person’s needs. Some health problems such as Graves’ disease, hypothyroidism, hypertension, dry eye, some circulatory problems and diabetes are likely to be contraindications to the procedure. So you have to talk to Dr. Tsakonis and let him know your medical history.
The surgery is done by combining local anesthesia and drunkenness. In case of a combination of surgeries, you may need general anesthesia. The duration of blepharoplasty is 1 to 3 hours and it depends on each case and the problem we have to deal with. The incision in the upper eyelid is done in its natural folding, while on the lower eyelid is done just below the eyelashes. In this way, after the required amount of time, the sections are not visible. The plastic surgeon removes excess fat, corrects the collapsed skin and then closes the skin with special thin sutures. After surgery, the eyelids have a clear swelling and you will feel annoyance, which of course will retreat after the second day. Sutures are usually removed on the fifth day after surgery. Approximately a week later, the incisions will be slightly red, but you can use a special makeup.
After the Blepharoplasty surgery
During the recovery after blepharoplasty, you must:
- Avoid intense physical exercise
- Wear sunglasses
- Avoid swimming
- Do not wear contact lenses for about 10 days
- Avoid smoking
- Do not rub your eyes
- You have the head higher than your chest during sleep
- Cold patches are applied to reduce swelling
- Avoid medicines that increase blood flow (aspirin, naproxen)
Dr. George Tsakonis received his medical degree from the University of Athens and continued his training in plastic surgery in some of the most reliable hospitals abroad. He has specialized in reconstructive surgery in Boston, USA and Johannesburg, South Africa, and in 2002 he was certified as a cosmetic plastic surgeon of remedial medicine by the Hellenic Plastic Surgery Committee. He is a member of the European Union of Plastic Surgery, the Hellenic Plastic Society and the Panhellenic Medical Society. The blepharoplasty interventions are performed in Peristeri, in our clinic’s operating room with the most modern technological equipment, the maximum safety and guaranteed results. We invite you to visit us to get to know each other, have a look at your case and propose the right solution for you.