Blepharoplasty, Eye Bag Removal In The Philippines : Affordable Cost, Before and After Results

Published: 19th August 2009
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Eye bag Removal / Blepharoplasty

Double Eye Lid Surgery / Slit Eye Surgery / Eye Fold Creation

The changes that occur upon aging at the eyelid area are very noticeable and often affect patients' self esteem. These changes can be fullness and hooding of the upper eyelid skin, poor definition of the upper eyelid folds and puffiness or bagginess of the lower eyelid. These changes are very prominent and affect the facial profile or appearance of the patient thus gives a tired, sad and haggard appearance.

Rejuvenation of the eyelid area is technically called Blepharoplasty, it is a procedure used to improve the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both, restoring firmness to the area surrounding the eyes and making you look more rested and alert. A lot of patients that seek consult to improve the appearance of their eyes complain that they have a lot of loose and excess skin at their eye area thus giving them a tired and aged appearance that does not reflect their actual age.

Eyelid surgery can treat loose or sagging skin of the periorbital area, it may also redefines or creates the upper eyelid folds or hides the natural contour of the upper eyelid, excess skin that hangs from the upper eyelid (sometimes impairing vision), excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the upper eyelids or bags under the eyes, droopiness of the lower eyelids, and excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid.

Unlike Brow lift, the effects of blepharoplasty procedure are more localized on the eyelid area. The skin surrounding the eyes is the area where the first signs of aging set in. As early as 2nd to 3rd decade of life, skin redundancy and fat protrusion in the periorbital area can be noted. And through time this may progressively becomes deep wrinkling with hooding of upper eye lid skin, puffy lower eye lids and may be accompanied by drooping of the eye brows. Theses give the face a tired, sad or angry expression. Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that addresses these issues in the eyelid area . It can brighten the face, improve the definition of the upper eye lid folds and restore a more youthful appearance. This is attained by removing the loose, sagging skin of the eyelids and the excess fat that bulges from the upper and /or lower lids.

This procedure is done under local anesthesia and will take 2 to 3 hours to complete. The incision is oriented along the natural fold or crease of the upper and lower eyelids so that the result will be a very inconspicuous scar. Patients should not worry on the final appearance of the scar since this is much concealed and hardly noticeable. Excess skin and protruding fats are excise to create a smooth and crispier appearance of the eyelid skin. This will also improve the definition of the upper eyelid fold. This procedure is usually performed in a fully equipped out patient surgical facility without compromising patient's health, safety and results. After this, patient may go home or stay at their hotel to rest and recuperate. Patients must be aware and willing to accept that there will be mild swelling and bruising for 2 to 3 days after the procedure however, this will start to subside on the 4th day onwards. Thus patients' eyes are socially presentable by the 7th to 10th day after the surgery since much of the swelling had subsided. Sutures are removed on the 4th to 5th day after the surgery.

Patients planning to have this procedure are required to allot 10 to 14 days for the initial consultation, laboratory, medical clearance, surgery, follow up, suture removal and early recuperation. After these, patients are safe to travel since wounds are already dried and healed.

Your plastic surgeon and/or staff will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and any risks or potential complications.

The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure. Another surgery may be necessary.

The decision to have blepharoplasty is extremely personal and you'll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable.

Possible risks and complications:

• Unfavorable scarring

• Temporarily blurred or impaired vision

• Dry eyes

• Difficulty closing your eyes

• Lid lag, a pulling down of the lower eyelid may occur and is often temporary

• Ectropion, rolling of the eyelid outwards

• Bleeding (hematoma)

• Poor wound healing

• Infection

• Fluid accumulation

• Blood clots

• Numbness and other changes in skin sensation

• Anesthesia risks

• Eyelid disorders that involve abnormal position of the upper eyelids (eyelid ptosis), loose eyelid skin, or abnormal laxness of the lower eyelid (ectropion) can coexist with sagging forehead and eyebrow structures; brow lift surgery will not correct these disorders; additional surgery may be required

• Pain, which may persist

• Skin discoloration and swelling

• Sutures may spontaneously surface through the skin, become visible or produce irritation that require removal

• Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications

• Possibility of revisional surgery

• Loss of eyesight

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Dr Rino Lorenzo is a Filipino Plastic Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgeon based in Manila, Philippines. He is a Board Certified and fully trained Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, with 6 years of formal training in the field of Aesthetic, Reconstructive and Burn Plastic Surgery. Dr Rino Lorenzo is a Fellow of the Philippine Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons.

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