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Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
cirugia_de_parpados_blefaroplastia The eyelid surgery or Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and muscle of the eyelids, upper and lower, and fat pockets.

This surgery is used for cosmetic reasons.  Blepharoplasty is the second most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in America, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Eyelid surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia and you will be awake during surgery, felling relaxed and insensitive to pain.

Blepharoplasty can be performed along with other facial rejuvenation procedures like a Facelift, Skin Treatment with Laser Resurfacing and so on.

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Care and Recovery

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Pre-surgical care

The initial medical appointment with your surgeon is very important. The surgeon needs to know about your medical record before surgery and be ready to give you the necessary information. Be sure to tell your doctor if you are allergic to anything, if you are taking vitamins, medications (whether prescriptions or any other drug) or if you are a smoker.
You and your surgeon should carefully discuss your goals and expectations for this surgery. You should also discuss if it’s necessary to operate all four eyelids or just the upper or lower and whether it is appropriate to perform additional procedures.
Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines for drinking, eating, smoking and certain vitamins or medications you should take or avoid.

Post-surgical care

  • Rest in bed for 24-48 hours, then continue with reasonable rest for 8 days.
  • For pain, take painkillers as directed by the physician
  • Take the antibiotic indicated by the doctor with yogurt to avoid altering the intestinal flora.
  • Consuming pineapple and/or papaya due to the anti-inflammatory enzymes.

Disability and recovery

Two days after surgery, most patients get up and walk about. In a week’s time, they are able to resume academic activities and work that does not involve much effort. Full recovery takes several weeks. You should avoid strenuous activities like jogging, swimming, bending, or any activity that increases blood pressure, over a period of 2-3 weeks.
The puffy eyes can be reduced by keeping the head up and applying cold compresses. Be careful when washing the face and hair. People who wear glasses should take precautions.

 

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