A lot of Australians are now getting hooked on undergoing cosmetic eye surgery, whether surgical or nonsurgical in nature. We have gathered and listed down some of the frequently asked questions about cosmetic eye surgery to help you decide if this procedure is the right one for you.
What is cosmetic eye surgery?
Cosmetic eye surgery procedures are performed to improve the look of your eyes by making it appear bigger, wider, and more youthful.
What is the expectation I should have after the cosmetic eye surgery?
The expected results would depend on the reason why you wanted to undergo the procedure. You should expect that with a successful eye surgery, not only will your eyes look naturally enhanced, but they should also be well-proportioned to improve your facial profile.
What other cosmetic procedures can partner up with cosmetic eye surgery?
To fully rejuvenate your overall facial profile, most plastic surgeons may recommend getting other facial surgeries like eyebrow and cheek lift so that the surgical enhancements are balanced out. This combination is only a recommendation and should only be considered if approved by your plastic surgeon as beneficial for your needs.
Is eyelift the same as brow lift?
No. An eyelift is more commonly known as blepharoplasty that creates a fold on your eyelids to make your eyes look bigger. Brow lift, on the other hand, is another term for forehead rejuvenation that corrects the wrinkling or sagging of the forehead skin and lifts the eyebrows. Some plastic surgeons combine these two procedures to address a patient’s wrinkles and dull-looking eye profile, hence the confusion.
How is blepharoplasty done?
Blepharoplasty entails removing excess saggy or droopy skin on the eyelids, as well as removing excess fat and connective tissue. Depending on the type or extent of operation, this cosmetic eye surgery can be done under local or general anaesthesia that can last for 45 minutes to 2 hours.
Your plastic surgeon cuts a part of your eyelid to perform the removal of excess skin and fat. He then tightens the muscle that controls the opening and closing of your eyes to solve ptosis or ‘droopy eyelids’, then stitches up a part of the skin to create a fold that will serve as a double eyelid.
What should I expect after the surgery?
Postoperatively, your eyes are bandaged and secured to avoid unnecessary complications. Expect to have some bruising and swelling around the eye area that can last for two weeks to a month, depending on the extent of the surgery (logically, upper or lower eyelid only surgery heals faster compared to surgery of both eyelids).
Your plastic surgeon may strictly advise you to avoid heavy lifting and other strenuous activities until your eyes fully recovered from the procedure. Temporary blurring of vision may occur due to the swelling but should disappear after a few weeks or so. This condition can prevent you from returning to work, so request for a few days off work when planning your cosmetic eye surgery.
Rest and maintaining a proper diet are also crucial elements for the complete healing of your eyes after surgery. Follow your plastic surgeon’s advice and make sure to see him regularly post-surgery to monitor your overall condition and the development of your aesthetic eye enhancement.