Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) scars should be treated with even more caution and care than normal scars.
Since they are located near the eyes and because the skin in this area is very delicate extra care is recommended.
All surgical scars are permanent but certain things can be done to improve their cosmetic appearance as much as possible. More about the best treatment of eyelid surgery scars in a bit. First something about the operations and the types of scars involved.
Surgeons generally place the incisions so that they are as least noticeable as possible. Normally, only when looked at at very close distance these scars should be visible. Some people however tend to keep discolored and thick scar tissue as a result of the operation.
Incisions are made below the eye and in the upper eyelid. Cosmetic surgeons generally make the incisions so that the scars run in the natural contours of the skin.
If only fat is removed, the incision may be inside the lower eyelid along the lower lash line, which is completely hidden. The scars should be almost invisible in 2 weeks.
A bit about the two most common types of eyelid surgery.
Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty
Incisions are placed in the upper eyelid’s natural skin creases. Fatty tissue and excess skin are removed. In this procedure the muscles and orbital septum may be tightened to correct droopy eyelid after which the incisions are closed.
Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty
Lower eyelid surgery tightens loose skin and removes fat deposits . Incisions are made along the lower lash line and commonly extend a little beyond the eye. In this procedure excess skin, muscle, and fat are taken away after which the incision is closed. In case of loose lower eyelids a lid tightening procedure may be performed.
How to optimally treat eyelid surgery scars?
The most efficient and most commonly used eyelid scar removal methods are the following:
- Face masks
- Hot and cold compress packs
- Post surgery eye-mask compress
- Post-surgery healing supplements such as Bromelain and Arnica
- Silicone scar sheets or gels
Especially silicone gel is an effective treatment for surgery scars in general. Personally I would opt for using sheets instead of a liquid gel that dries. Preferably use it during sleep.
Effects of silicone sheets; scars become less bumpy/raised, and less red. What’s more, silicones are known to prevent excess scar tissue creation. Especially if you are prone to developing keloids something worth throwing in the mix.
I would recommend ScarAway because it has professional grade dimethicone silicones. I have used the brand myself (not for eyelid scars) and I think it’s one of the best.
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