Puffy, aged eyes can make you appear tired and far older than you feel. If you want to address these issues, you can put your best face forward by undergoing a lower eyelid surgery. A skilled surgeon can remove excess fat and skin to take years off your appearance. Patients can receive exceptional surgical care in Monterrey and Tijuana, Mexico, while benefiting from the affordability of medical tourism. Tijuana Bariatrics can help you achieve your aesthetic goals by coordinating your procedure with a local medical professional.
What is Lower Eyelid Surgery?
Lower eyelid surgery, is a type of blepharoplasty that targets the skin under the eyes. This procedure removes excess fat and skin to eliminate bags and puffiness caused by various factors including:
- Excess skin
- Water retention
- Herniating fat
During a consultation, you and your doctor can discuss your goals and determine if this is the most appropriate plastic surgery procedure for you.
Benefits of Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty
An experienced surgeon can create youthful-looking lower lids by carefully contouring the area to compliment your natural eye shape. This procedure can drastically improve your appearance by:
- Eliminating puffiness
- Reducing "bags"
- Reshaping fat
- Improving the appearance of lines and wrinkles
- Minimizing dark circles
While a lower eyelid surgery cannot address extended crows feet or upper eyelids, you can combine this surgery with other procedures to achieve your ideal aesthetics.
The Procedure Process
Lower eyelid surgery is generally performed in one to two hours while you are under anesthesia and sedation. The surgeon will begin by making an incision. Depending on your particular needs and the preferences of your doctor, this incision may be made in the interior tissue or the outside of the eyelid. Patients who receive an interior incision will not have any visible scars. For those who require an external incision, the surgeon can minimize scarring by obscuring the incision beneath the lash line where it will be virtually unnoticeable.
Similarly to upper eyelid surgery, excess skin and fat will be removed through the incision and your doctor will contour the remaining tissues as needed for a tightened appearance. Your surgeon will carefully pull the skin taught to create a smooth lid and place sutures. To ensure natural-looking results, your doctor will carefully ensure that the skin is not tight enough to cause issues with your eyelid in the future.
Recovery and Aftercare
Immediately following your procedure, you may experience temporarily blurred vision, redness and bumps along your incisions, bruising, light sensitivity, dryness, and itching. These symptoms should subside within the first week or two. If you do not receive dissolvable sutures, you may have to return to have them removed three to five days following your surgery. To ensure proper healing, you will be provided with an ointment to aid with dryness and thorough aftercare instructions.
Any visible incisions will continue to fade over the next few months and should become virtually undetectable.
Most patients can expect to resume their regular daily activities within a week of treatment. However, there are several measures that should be taken during the first few weeks of recovery to prevent any complications and optimal healing, such as:
- Not wearing contacts or makeup for a week
- Avoiding eye-straining activities such as watching TV and reading
- Protecting your eyes from irritations such as sun and wind
- Using ice packs to reduce swelling
- Not engaging in excessive physical activity
- Refraining from consuming alcohol
Typically, patients can address any discomfort with over-the-counter pain medication. Any visible incisions will continue to fade over the next few months and should become virtually undetectable.
Coordinating Care You Can Trust
Tijuana Bariatrics has helped many patients find a surgeon that provides treatment under the highest of standards. Contact a coordinator online or by phone at (800) 308--3607 to arrange your high-quality procedure today.