Suture-based methods of Asian double eyelid surgery are suitable for patients with thinner skin at the eyelid, and who do not have noticeable fatty deposits. With this method, the crease is formed by folding the skin of the eyelid and then, effectively, sewing the folds together with sutures. There are a number of variations on the suture technique, some even using micro-incisions, but they all share this same basic process.
If you’ve had a non-incision-based procedure you can expect the results to last several years, but not permanently. For many people this impermanence, as well as the ability to reverse the procedure, makes it the more attractive option. It also generally requires less time for recovery – patients are often comfortable going back to work in one to two weeks — which is important to many people.
Suture-based methods are not suitable for patients with thick skins, as the result will last shorter and the crease will disappear. These patients would need to do revision procedure sooner than recommended.
What is the procedure for eye bag surgery?
The most common procedure is by making an external incision just below the eyelashes when performing lower blepharoplasty known as the transcutaneous incision which means “through the skin”. An incision is made in the skin just below the eyelashes. The skin is lifted, exposing the membrane that holds the three lower-lid fat pads. This membrane is penetrated, exposing the fat pads. Precisely the right amount of fat is removed from the lids to allow for a flat lower lid. We do not want bulging fat, nor do we want a sunken lid. Finally, a 2- to 4-millimeter strip of excess skin is removed.
This approach can be advantageous if there is sagging of the skin and the orbicularis oculi muscle (the muscle which supports the eyelid). A well-placed incision can be virtually invisible when fully healed. Patients with darker skin may experience darker pigmentation (hyperpigmentation) along the incision line.
Transconjunctival blepharoplasty is a type of lower eyelid surgery which is performed without any external incisions. This procedure uses the internal incision known as the transconjunctival approach (from inside the eyelid). The procedure is similar to transcutaneous blepharoplasty, but the fat pockets are removed from inside the eyelid. With this method, the scar will not be noticeable, even when inspected closely.
What kinds of food do I need to avoid after plastic surgery?
Alcohol, salt, sugar, caffeine
- These can increase inflammation after surgery, and slow down your healing process
Refined sugars, food with saturated and trans-fats
- Like above, they can also increase inflammation
Some supplements also hinder recovery:
- Vitamin E is a blood thinner, which can complicate your surgery, negatively impact your wound healing ability, and increase risk during recovery. Be sure to also avoid multivitamins that contain vitamin E.
- Fish oil supplements are a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids that provide numerous health benefits. Unfortunately, they can also increase bleeding and bruising and should be avoided in the days leading up to surgery.
- Herbal supplements, like gingko biloba, can increase your risk of bleeding during and after surgery. St. John’s wort can prolong the effects of anesthesia, and even mild supplements like echinacea can have a negative impact on the safety of your surgery.
For 72 hours after surgery, avoid tough and hard-to-digest food, as stress typically compromises digestion.