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Eyes and eyelids are the central features of the face after the smile. The upper eyelid can begin to droop and sag over the lash line due to ageing, genetics or an injury. When the skin starts to hang on the eyelid it can cause someone to look tired, angry, aged or even block the field of vision. Although several treatment options exist to restore sagging eyelid to a more taut and youthful position, everyone converses with their words and their eyes. However this explains the importance of eyelids and the surgeries designed for use of eyebrows, upper lids, lower lids and eyelashes, Eyelid sagging surgery is referred to Blepharoplasty.

Blepharoplasty is a surgery to remove excess skin (or muscle or fat) from the upper or lower eyelids. It is a general term for correcting defects, deformities and disfigurations of the eyelids either for functional reasons, cosmetic reasons or both. The most common reason: cosmetic in which excess skin and fat removed and/or repositioned to give a more pleasing appearance. whereas  The main aim therefore is to improve the appearance of the area surrounding the eyes and to improve vision obscured by dropping eyelids. 

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Blepharoplasty can reduce or eliminate these vision problems and make your eyelid sagging appear younger and more alert. 

Ageing leads to stretching of eyelids and therefore weakening of the muscles supporting them. Hence, excess fat may gather above and below the eyelids causing sagging eyebrows, droopy upper lids and bags under eyes. This makes the person look older. Severely eyelids sagging skin around the eyes can reduce the side vision especially the upper and outer parts of our field of vision. 

Indications of Upper Eyelid Surgery are: 

  1. Baggy or droopy sagging upper eyelid and excess skin of upper eyelids that interferes with your peripheral vision. 
  2. Preaponeurotic fat herniation that result in functional visual symptoms or cosmetic concerns in affected patients.  
  3. Ageing  
  4. Sun exposure 
  5. Smoking 
  6. Inflammatory disease affecting (Thyroid orbitopathy, blepharochalasis Syndrome) 
  7. Chronic Lid swelling/oedema associated with systemic disease or allergy 
  8. Family history 
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Before scheduling eyelid sagging surgery:

  1. Any relevant information from the eye surgeon or physician should be discussed and informed.
  2. Your expectations. An honest discussion of your hopes and motivation for surgery will help set the stage for a satisfactory outcome. Your surgeon will discuss  with you whether the procedure is likely to work well for you.
  3. Although Stop taking warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven), aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others), naproxen sodium (Aleve, others), naproxen (Naprosyn), and any other medication or herbal supplement associated with increased bleeding. Take only medications approved by your surgeon.
  4. Quit smoking several weeks before your surgery. However, smoking can reduce your ability to heal after surgery.
  5. Arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery if you’re having outpatient surgery. Plan to have someone stay with you for the first night after returning home from surgery.

Before your eyelid surgery, you’ll undergo:

A vision examination.

Eyelid photography.

Cutting the fold of the eyelid.

Blepharoplasty with ptosis (TOE-sis).

After surgery you may temporarily experience:

Blurred vision from the lubricating ointment applied to your eyes

Watering eyes

Light sensitivity

Double vision

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Precautions Post Eye Sagging Surgery:

Upper eyelids blepharoplasty may be performed in traditional fashion, using stainless steel instruments or may be modified with radiosurgery incisional techniques, tissue adhesives have also been used for skin closure. The risk factors involved in this procedure are: 

  1. Avoid exposing the scars to sun. 
  1. Keep incisions clean with soap and water and inspect daily for signs of infection. 
  1. Use cold saline compresses for the first 24 hours for comfort and to reduce swelling and brushing. 
  1. Generally. Hair can shampooed any time after surgery. 
  1. To wait for at least 2 weeks before wearing contact lenses. 
  1. Patients will have sensitivity to sunlight, wind and other irritants so take proper covers for the same. 
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A follow-up without 24 hours and then regularly after 1 week till healing is complete is required.

Your doctor will likely suggest you take the following steps after surgery: 

  1. Use ice packs on your eyes for 10 minutes every hour the night after surgery. 
  2. Gently clean your eyelids and use prescribed eyedrops or ointments. 
  3. Avoid straining, heavy lifting and swimming for a week. 
  4. Do not do strenuous activities, such as aerobics and jogging, for a week. 
  5. Avoid smoking, rubbing your eyes. 
  6. If you use contact lenses, don’t put them in for about two weeks after surgery. 
  7. Wear darkly tinted sunglasses to protect the skin of your eyelids from sun and wind. 
  8. Sleep with your head raised higher than your chest for a few days. 
  9. Apply cool compresses to reduce swelling.

After a few days, return to the doctor’s office to have stitches removed, if needed.


Ways to Address the Eyelid Sagging At Home

1)  Apply cucumber slices

Cucumbers contain ascorbic acid and caffeic acid, although both of which reduces sagging eyelids. This decreases inflammation and naturally tightens the skin. However, cucumber slices help make your skin look healthy, smooth and glowing. You may place two slices of chilled cucumber over your eyes. Let the cucumbers sit for 20 minutes before you remove them.

2)  Eat more grapes, peanuts, cranberries and red wine!

Grapes and berries are full of resveratrol, a natural element that slows cell ageing. Eating more grapes may help your skin stay youthful and prevent fine lines and drooping eyelid. Eat one bowl of grapes a day. You can also apply grape or cranberry juice directly to your skin, although this can be very sticky.

3)  Use Camomile tea bags

Camomile is a natural anti-inflammatory, so it’s great for sagging eyelid and helps strengthen your skin. However to reduce puffy and sagging eyelids, apply chamomile tea bags to your eyelids. You may first, steep two tea bags in hot water. Cool them in your refrigerator for 15 to 30 minutes. Once chilled, place the tea bags over your eyes for 30 minutes and see the results.

Royal Dental Clinics, Mumbai, has separate waiting rooms, resting areas, consulting rooms and treatment rooms for every patient. Utmost care and comfort is provided to patients and relatives by every staff keeping in mind the safety parameters during this pandemic. To know more, visit www.royalimplant.com.

Many people express satisfaction with the results of blepharoplasty, such as a more rested and youthful appearance and more self-confidence. For some people, results of surgery may last a lifetime. For others, droopy eyelids may recur. Bruising and swelling generally subside in 10 to 14 days, which may be when you feel comfortable going out in public again. Scars from the surgical cuts may take months to fade. Take care to protect your delicate eyelid skin from too much sun exposure. 

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  1. Eyes and eyelids are the central features of the face after the smile. Royal Dental Clinics, Mumbai, has separate waiting rooms, resting areas, consulting rooms and treatment rooms for every patient.

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