By Emel Gerdaneri • Medical review by Hakan Yilmaz, MD
Is There Any Scar After Eyelid Surgery?
Eyes; it gives you little tips about your age, how you are feeling and your health. More importantly, even if it is not, it is not a pleasant experience to encounter an old expression due to tired-looking eyes every time you look in the mirror.
Genetic reasons or adverse living conditions… Whatever the reason, the defects around the eyes can make you look older than you are.
If you suffer from such a situation, eyelid surgery is a good solution. However, you may have concerns about whether this aesthetic, which will give you a glow in your eyes and a dynamic look, leaves a trace.
For this reason, we sought an answer to the question 'Is there a scar after eyelid surgery?' and Ophthalmology Specialist Hakan Yilmaz MD made a statement to Newlyme:
Eyelid Surgery can be Performed Even with Local Anesthesia
“Eyelid surgery is an operation that can be performed even with local anesthesia. As long as the patient is willing to do this and there is no problem during the operation.
If it was done with local anesthesia, the patient returns to his life with his bandages. However, it is never possible to close the eyes.
There is a small dressing and bandage on the eyes and under the eyes if the lower eyelid has been treated. The patient continues his normal life with these.
After this operation, swelling is seen in every patient. This swelling continues for the first 2-3 days. At the end of the 3rd day, the swelling decreases and disappears.
Around the 7th day, the stitches are removed. Thus, the entire surgical adventure of the patient is over.”
The Purpose Of Eyelid Surgery is to Bring Freshness To The Face
“The things aimed in eyelid surgery; It is not noticing that the patient has had surgery, the scar is placed in the least noticeable place and the excess tissues are removed.
Excess skin and bags on the eyelids cause problems for the patient to open their eyelids and raise their eyes.
In order to open their eyes more easily, patients use the forehead muscle, which we call the frontal muscle, to raise their eyebrows and open their eyelids. This causes the forehead area to wrinkle over time.
Since it is also aimed to prevent these wrinkles, the excess in the area is removed and thus the patient opens his eyes more comfortably without lifting the eyebrow area.
What Are the Risks After Eyelid Surgery? Can Surgery Be Performed for the Second Time?
“Eyelid surgery is an operation that can be repeated after a certain period of time, if the patient has a large amount of sagging.
It is extremely important that the patient does not become infected after this surgery.”
When Will Scars Heal After Eyelid Surgery and What Should Be Considered During This Process?
“Undoubtedly, one of the most frequently asked questions by patients considering eyelid surgery is whether there will be scars after the procedure and how long these scars will heal.
Thanks to modern science and technology, most aesthetic treatments now produce results with very little scarring.
Also, a skilled surgeon can significantly reduce the amount of visible scars by placing strategic incisions in the area that can be easily camouflaged.”
What Happens After Eyelid Surgery?
“Right after eyelid surgery, patients may experience some swelling and bruising. These symptoms usually go away after 2 weeks. However, thin bumps may appear for up to 6 weeks or longer.
It also takes 3 to 6 months for permission to disappear. However, in most patients, the surgical site becomes invisible after the 3rd month.
Patients' attention to the area can extend or shorten this period. Therefore, it is extremely important for patients to pay attention to the following points.
Keep the area clean.
Do not rub or scratch the incisions.
Avoid direct sun exposure and use sunscreen.
Lie on your back with the head in an upright position.
Take care to use the drugs as recommended.
Do not apply eye make-up until the area is cleaned by your surgeon.
Avoid heavy lifting, straining, or other physical activities.
Get lots of rest.
Do not smoke.
If we come back to the issue of scars after eyelid surgery…
Every surgery carries the risk of scarring. However, minimal scars remain after eyelid surgery. During upper eyelid surgery, your doctor will take care to make incisions along the natural crease of the eyelid.
For lower eyelid surgery, the incisions are hidden along the lash line or inside the lower lid. In both cases, your doctor places the incisions in the most inconspicuous places so that the scars are unnoticeable and fade over time.
The eye area, which reveals the signs of premature aging first, has a thin, sensitive and soft skin structure.
Although the thinness of the skin in this area creates sensitivity, it heals faster than other parts of the body. For this reason, the scars after eyelid surgery are invisible and heal over time.
Eyelid aesthetic scars, as well as scars formed after every aesthetic treatment, require very special attention after surgery.
With this, You can reduce the risk of scarring and contribute to the shortening of the healing process of scars by quitting smoking, avoiding alcohol, staying hydrated and adopting a diet that contains enough protein.
With the advancing age, the skin experiences some changes. However, each individual ages differently depending on genetic and environmental factors. One of the first areas of aging is the eye area.
Due to swelling, wrinkles and sagging around the eyes, an old and tired expression occurs. With eyelid surgery, the eye area is renewed and it is possible to achieve a young, lively and rested appearance.
However, although the upper and lower eyelids are almost similar in structure, they may not show symptoms at the same rate. For this reason, upper and lower lids are evaluated separately in aesthetic and maintenance treatments.”
In eyelid operations, which are usually performed under local anesthesia, since the lower eyelids are studied in slightly deeper tissues, sedation method is added to local anesthesia and the patient is brought to a semi-asleep state.
If the procedure is to be performed only on the upper eyelid area, the procedure takes 30 minutes on average, and if the lower eyelid area is to be operated on, this takes about 1 hour.
However, these treatment times vary according to the patient's age, skin structure and deformation in the area. Therefore, the most accurate information about the duration of the procedure should be obtained from the doctor. In addition, general anesthesia can be applied to patients who wish.
Traces Turning From Red To Pink
“After the incisions are closed, your eyelid aesthetic scars begin to fade from red to pink, and then take on a color close to the skin color. In most cases, eyelid surgery scars are almost invisible.
With the right healing process and care, it is possible to remove the scars on the eyelid. For this reason, the medication or lotions given by the doctor should be used after eyelid surgery.
In addition, regardless of seasonal conditions, it is important to pay attention to the use of sunscreen during the healing process.
Not wearing make-up for a certain period of time, taking a break from using lenses, consuming enough fluids, eating a balanced diet and resting are other points to be considered in this process.
If you are experiencing deformations on your eyelids that negatively affect your quality of life, you should immediately consult a specialist in the field and learn about alternative treatment methods.
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Written on 21/06/2022
Last Update: 21/06/2022