Is Eyelid Surgery Safe?
The short answer is: Yes. Eyelid surgery is safe. However, any type of surgery involves some level of risk. Perhaps because eyelid surgery involves the eyes, it’s understandable that people might be afraid. Being informed about the procedure and any risk goes a long way to assure people and help them make an informed decision. The surgical staff at Almater Hospital in Mexicali, Baja California has had years of experience performing eyelid surgery and can answer all of your questions.
About Eyelid Surgery and How It’s Performed
The medical term for eyelid surgery is blepharoplasty, and it’s a surgery used mostly for cosmetic purposes. Eyelid surgery can improve the look of the eyelids by making them look more rested and younger.
First, the patient is anesthetized to prevent pain during the procedure. Then, the surgeon cuts tiny incisions in the area. After the incisions are made, the surgeon removes, rearranges or eliminates fat, muscle or tissue depending on the desired results. After the procedure is finished, the surgeon closes the incision.
How to Prepare for an Eyelid Surgery
Before having eyelid surgery, you’ll have to follow the instructions of your doctor and inform your doctor of any health conditions or problems you may have. Among other things, you may have to:
• Be evaluated by your doctor
• Stop smoking
• Stop or reduce medication, especially blood thinners, aspirin and herbal supplements
• Take different medication
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In certain cases, a psychological evaluation will be recommended in order to make sure that your expectations are realistic and that you don’t have any mental condition that affects your perception of reality.
How to Take Care after Eyelid Surgery
Because every person’s face is unique, the exact procedure is also unique and thus, recovery time and post-surgery care will vary. Your surgeon will inform you of the specifics, but they typically include:
• Where you will be until you’re out of the hospital
• When will you be able to go home
• What medications you will have to take and for how long
• What medications you will have to avoid and for how long
• If you’d have bandages over your eyes and for how long
• If you have to go back to get stitches removed.
• When you can go back to normal activity
• If and when to return for check-ups
If you’re considering eyelid surgery, feel free to contact Almater Hospital and arrange to speak with one of our highly trained and experienced doctors to evaluate your case and advise if you are a candidate for the procedure.
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