As people age, the skin around the eyes loses its elasticity, especially on the upper eyelids. This can make a person look tired and unfriendly.
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, removes the excess skin in the upper and lower eyelids. This cosmetic procedure helps improve the appearance of the eyes by reducing sagging and puffiness.
But like any other surgery, blepharoplasty leaves scars. Although upper eyelid scars are almost unnoticeable, they still need to be appropriately cared for in order for them to heal as well as possible. To learn more about undergoing upper eyelid surgery in Los Angeles, consult with Dr. Zoumalan today.
Taking Care of Your Eyelids After Surgery
Blepharoplasty can make the eyes look more rested and rejuvenated since it removes the excess skin that makes the eyes look droopy. There is usually minimal scarring when the procedure is done correctly. Moreover, the incision is made along the natural folds of the eyelids, so scars are practically invisible.
That said, it’s important to choose a skilled and board-certified Oculoplastic surgeon to perform this delicate operation. If the technique is incorrect or if the wrong suture is used, the risk of having unsightly scars becomes much higher.
However, the surgery is just the first step to having younger-looking and more expressive eyes. Proper care of the wound is important to reduce the appearance of scars:
• After the surgery, some bruising and swelling may occur. Icing the area helps reduce the swelling and manage the pain.
• Keep the surgical area clean and dry. You may take a bath immediately after surgery but be sure not to get the wound wet. If water gets into the surgical site, pat it dry with a soft towel. Do not rub. Dr. Zoumalan uses the finest quality micro-sutures to allow your skin to heal as well as possible.
• Dr. Zoumalan has a very strict regimen of icing and after care remedies to ensure rapid recovery. He will also prescribe anti-bruising medications and antibiotic ointments to help your eyelids heal while the sutures are in place.
• Once the sutures are removed at day 6 or 7 after surgery, Dr. Zoumalan will start having you begin using his own formulated scar cream, Skinuva™ Scar, which has clinically been shown to be the most advanced scar cream yet to be clinically tested. This scar cream will continue to allow your incisions to heal as best as possible during the next several months after surgery.
• Avoid any strenuous activity for two weeks after your surgery. This includes lifting objects (no matter how lightweight or small) that require you to bend from the waist. Always keep the head upright.
• If your eyes are swollen shut, you may remove the crusts on the eyelashes by using a Q-tip dipped in water. Don’t force your eyes to open as this could affect wound healing.
Reduce the Appearance of Scars with Skinuva™ Scar
Skinuva™ Scar was formulated by Dr. Zoumalan and his team of chemists and scientists. IT is a patent-pending scar cream that uses selective growth factors. It is a revolutionary scar cream that is the first to use selective growth factors to help improve the appearance of scars. When used within a few weeks after surgery, the cream can further prevent scars from becoming noticeable.
Once the wound has healed completely, you may start applying the Skinuva™ Scar cream on the area. Massage it gently using your ring finger to avoid putting too much pressure on the delicate eye area.
Although the Skinuva™ Scar cream is recommended for use on new scars, you can also use it for scars that are less than one year old. Scars mature in their first year, so using the cream within 3 to 6 months of scar formation may prevent it from thickening and becoming deformed.
The great thing about this topical cream is that you can wear sunscreen over it. The damaging UV rays may enhance pigmentation of scars. Putting on sunscreen over the cream helps prevent scar discoloration.
Finding the Right Doctor for the Job
Scar formation is inevitable whenever there’s surgery involved. However, you can minimize its appearance by applying a scar cream within a few weeks after surgery.
The good news is eyelid skin heals faster than the skin on the rest of the face. But this depends on what kind of suture was used and how well it was placed. Naturally, this boils down to the skill and technique used by the doctor.
Eyelid Surgery in Los Angeles
Dr. Christopher I. Zoumalan, MD FACS is a board-certified cosmetic eyelid surgeon. He specializes in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Oculoplastic Surgery and has treated patients for various aesthetic procedures, including eyelid surgery in Los Angeles. Contact Dr. Zoumalan’s clinic to schedule an appointment.