How To Qualify For Eyelid Surgery? A Comprehensive Guide!

Written by Michael Bennett
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Eyelid Surgery

Our eyes are made of tissues thinner than the onion peel. It is fragile and can be easily damaged. However, it is covered in protection but there could be a situation of two when the protectors need a helping hand.

Yes, we are talking about eyelids and how they might need surgery or two in some cases. As scary as it sounds, the condition of having an eyelid surgery is extremely serious and there could be some conditions you must qualify for it to work.

This article will let you know how and when is eyelid surgery done, and how to qualify for it. Read on to know more.

What is eyelid surgery and who needs it?

Eyelid Surgery Necessity

 Eyelid surgery is scientifically known as Blepharoplasty and is a surgical procedure conducted on one’s eyelid for myriad reasons.

It is one of the most difficult surgeries to be performed given the location and the considerations one might have to keep in mind. However, there are some situations where the procedure is non-negotiable and this includes,

  • Drooping or sagging eyelids: When your eyelids begin to sag and droop so much so that they might hinder vision, surgery might be required to correct their position.
  • Impaired vision: In many cases, eyelids could be a barrier between you and clear vision, and in such cases, it is only natural to do what’s needed surgically.
  • Wrinkles and fine lines: Eyelid surgery can also be considered from a cosmetic standpoint and can remove aging lines which might make you look older than you are. It can also help reduce the wrinkles on your eyelids to restore your youth.
  • Tear trough deformity: There is often a wide gap seen under the eyes that can be harrowing for most. This needs to be taken care of surgically.
  • Congenital: Some children are known to have the maladies of eyelids as they are born and it can only be solved using surgery.

How to qualify for eyelid surgery?

Now that we know the reasons we might need to know what makes us an ideal candidate. Mostly it is done on a need basis but there are certain things that can determine the success rate of the process significantly.

Before that, we would like to explain a bit about the procedure. Firstly you are given a dose of anesthesia to make it pain-free. Secondly, you will be given an incision on the eyelid along the natural creases.

Thirdly, there is a bit of excess fat removal done if needed. Sagging eyebrows could also be addressed. Lastly, the incision will be closed and given time to heal.

In case, the lower eyelid is operated on, the surgeon might be able to remove the fat or abscess completely. After this, a tightening treatment is also done before closing up the incision for good. 

These include,

➡️ Physical health

Your physical health shouldn’t be compromised if you are to undergo any surgery. Poor health can increase the risk of various infections which might not be ideal in this situation.

So does that mean you cannot have surgery if you have a chronic medical condition? No, if you are diagnosed with a chronic condition, you must get a medical clearance from the respective doctor.

➡️ Eyelid concerns

You should have genuine concerns related to eyelids including the ones listed above and the presence of excess fat. Eyelids are delicate and therefore need to be handled with care and precision.

➡️ Age

Though congenital issues may present themselves at birth, it is preferable to wait until you reach a certain age before opting for eyelid surgery.

➡️ Eye conditions

If you have certain eye conditions that could be aggravated by the surgery, you should make sure it is treated before your scheduled date. If it is along term-one your ophthalmologist might be able to shed some light on the issue specifically.

➡️ Non-smoking

Though not mandatory, you should stop smoking at least months before the surgery to not put yourself at risk. This can also help expedite the healing process.

➡️ Psychological evaluation

In some situations, elective cosmetic surgery should be done only after the mental evaluation of the patient. It is mandatory to pass the test and be well aware of all the consequences that could come with the operation.

➡️ Understand the possibilities

Before being qualified for the test you should know how and when the procedure is and how the results could turn out to be.

➡️ A consultation with a surgeon

You should consult a surgeon who can let you know more about the procedure in a comprehensive way. They would also educate you about the side effects.

Post-surgery care tips

When the surgery is done, you should be following some mandatory tips to help the healing process. It includes,

  • Follow the instructions: You should always make sure to follow the post-op instructions given by the doctor.
  • Cold compress: There could be significant bruising and scarring on the operation site which can be relieved by cold compressions.
  • Head elevation: You should make sure your head is elevated when you are sleeping to minimize the pressure.
  • Avoid physical activity: You should not be engaging in strenuous activities like lifting or moving that can tear away the stitches.
  • Protect your eyes: Your eyes need constant protection and therefore wear sunglasses.

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Conclusion

Eyelid surgery is elective and in some cases it is mandatory. It could be done on the upper or the lower ones depending on the issue you would want to address.

However, there are certain prerequisites for you to qualify for the surgery including passing your physical and psychological evaluations that are elaborately done.

You might also be tested for certain conditions or medication allergies to ensure you the best care. The procedure as we explained could only take a few hours but the recovery time could vary. In that case, you may want to follow the tips which can help you recover nicely.

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Michael Bennett

Dr. Michael Bennett is a board-certified ophthalmologist with over 15 years of experience performing eye surgery and treating diseases of the eye. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute where he served as Chief Resident. Dr. Bennett stays up-to-date on the latest advancements in eye care by regularly attending ophthalmology conferences and taking continuing education courses. He has performed thousands of cataract surgeries, LASIK procedures, and eyelid surgeries.

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