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We’ve all heard of eyelid surgeries and for some of us, an eyelid surgery is a procedure that hits close to home. But with a variety of eyelid procedures for very differing outcomes, it is crucial for you to find out what each eyelid surgery targets and achieves, before you’re able to make a more learned decision for your eyelid surgery.
We begin with the term Cosmetic eyelid surgery. Cosmetic eyelid surgery encompasses upper and lower blepharoplasty, epicanthoplasty, lateral canthoplasty and some other less common procedures.
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure to remove skin and to add or remove fat from the eyelids. Upper blepharoplasty surgery uses incisions on the skin to allow for removal of skin and fat. A thin stitch is then used to bring the skin together to allow for the creation of an eyelid crease and natural-looking double eyelids.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
Lower eyelid surgery can involve skin incisions directly below the lash line or a hidden incision on the inside of the eyelid, called a transconjunctival approach. The transconjunctival allows for access to the eyelid fat without visible incisions making this technique perfect for patients who need fat removed or added. This approach can be combined with laser resurfacing of the eyelid skin to reduce lines and wrinkles. On the other hand, the external approach allows for removal of excess lax skin, as well as fat redistribution to fill in hollows beneath the eyebags.
Epicanthoplasty & Lateral Canthoplasty
Epicanthoplasty (inner eyelid surgery) is a very popular procedure for clients who want to eliminate the Mongolian fold, which is prevalent among asians. it is very common to have Epicanthoplasty in conjunction with double eyelid surgery to achieve a brighter look with parallel double eyelid fold. to increase the horizontal length of the eyes, an Epicanthoplasty for the inner eyelids and a Lateral Canthoplasty for the outer eyelids gives the most dramatic results.
What Eyelid Surgeries do patients undergo?
Typically, younger Chinese patients will undergo upper blepharoplasty for double eyelid creation, Epicanthoplasties and Lateral Canthoplasties to make their eyes look bigger. More mature patients, usually above 40 years old, would be seeking lower blepharoplasties for eyebag removal and upper blepharoplasties to remove excess sagging upper eyelid skin.
Recovery from eyelid surgery is variable depending on the extent of the procedure and how quickly each individual patient heals. on average, most patients are able to return to work within a week, although sometimes the swelling from upper eyelid surgery may require some eye-shadow to disguise during the recovery stage.
What are the potential risks and complications of Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgeries are usually minor procedures with low risk. asymmetry, undercorrection and overcorrection are the more common complications.
So whether you’re seeking for an extra fold, larger and longer eyes or even an eyebag removal, we now know a cosmetic eyelid surgery can do it all.
Read more in depth here about eyelid surgery. If you are looking for a Doctor for eyelid surgery, you can start your search here.