Also known as a blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery is a commonly requested procedure at surgeries around the country. It can be performed on the upper eyelid to remove excess skin, or it can be performed under the eye to reduce sagging skin. In line with the global trend of medical tourism, there are patients who are considering eyelid surgery Thailand rather than having their blepharoplasty procedure in Australia. Here are a few good reasons that you should keep your vacation time separate.
What Is Blepharoplasty Eyelid Surgery?
Also known as an eye lift, blepharoplasty eyelid surgery is performed to address more advanced signs of ageing such as sagging or excess skin in the upper or lower eyelids. It tightens the skin around the eyes, to create a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance.
Eyelid surgery may be performed to tighten wrinkles, fine lines and creases around the eyes. It may also improve the appearance of bags or fatty deposits underneath the eyes.
Why It’s Requested?
As we get older, the skin loses its natural elasticity as collagen and elastin is depleted and this, combined with the force of gravity, can cause sagging. In some patients excess skin in the upper eyelid may cause drooping that makes it difficult to see. Even so, eyelid surgery is considered plastic surgery and is a cosmetic procedure.
Blepharoplasties are usually requested by older patients who are over the age of 35, but if droopy eyelids are hereditary in your family, you may consider the procedure at a younger age. Certainly having eyelid surgery will contribute to a more youthful appearance but it wont change how you look drastically or change the shape or structure of your face.
It is important that you have an open and honest discussion with your surgeon before you agree to any plastic surgery procedure, and that your expectations are clearly defined.
Why You Shouldn’t Resort To Eyelid Surgery In Thailand?
It’s Not A Quick Fix
Having blepharoplasty eyelid surgery requires planning both before and after your procedure. You need to take your time before the procedure to make sure you choose the right surgeon and the right approach, and you need ample time afterwards for healing and recovery. Both components are required for a successful operation – but they are difficult to manage if you need to travel a long distance. Traveling is stressful and medical procedures can make vacations difficult to enjoy, no matter how beautiful your surroundings might be in Thailand.
You should also know that procedures for upper and lower eyelids are generally performed separately, so if you want both lids done, it is going to take a bit longer.
Your Individual Risk Factors Need To Be Taken Into Account
Not everyone is a good candidate for eyelid surgery. Some patients such as:
- Those who suffer from conditions that prevent their blood from clotting
- Those at higher risk of surgical complications
… Should probably reconsider blepharoplasty, especially if they were looking at eyelid surgery in Thailand.
Your surgeon will also need to take a full medical history from you. You will need to disclose any chronic health conditions and any medication you might be taking before undertaking any plastic surgery.
Complications Can Occur
While it isn’t common, it is statistically possible for something to go wrong during your blepharoplasty eyelid surgery. If you’re having the procedure in Australia the situation could be avoided or managed according to the local legislative framework and you would have some recourse as a patient.
You can do your part in trying to ensure a safe procedure by keeping yourself fit and healthy and quitting smoking as soon as possible, as this influences your chances of complications from surgery. You can also make the most responsible choices possible to avoid potential complications.
Some of the common side effects include
- Bruising and swelling around the eyes
- An asymmetrical result
- Dryness, itchiness or watery eyes
In the majority of cases, recovery is manageable and improves with the passage of time. In the event that you feel any new or worsening discomfort, a fever of more than 38C or the chills, you should contact your surgeon immediately.
Good Post-operative Care Is Part Of The Process
Your procedure doesn’t end once your incisions have been stitched up; you need to be able to contact your medical professional throughout your healing period and if you have chosen eyelid surgery Thailand, it is very difficult to get a high level of post operative care. You will need to be instructed regarding
- Post operative medication
- When you can change your bandages
- When your stitches will be removed
- When you can start exercising again
- When you need to have follow up consultations
Being able to consult with a local surgeon is a really important part of your ability to relax and trust in the care you are receiving. If you are preoccupied with the need to pack your belongings and catch a return flight home, it can make the experience a lot more stressful than it needs to be.
Furthermore, sometimes revision surgery is necessary. There is no complete guarantee of how it will look, or what you will feel about your new look and you may want revision work done. It can be much easier for this to be done by your original surgeon, and not to have to travel abroad in order to achieve it.
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