What is blepharoplasty, the “discreet” cosmetic surgery that Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger and Penélope Cruz have undergone

The Hollywood the aesthetic interventions are the order of the day And, although years ago it was something that only famous people or people with a lot of money did, now they have become a common procedure in the lives of many people. Social networks have exploited physical appearance to the maximum and the filters that transform features have made the demand for “touch-ups” grow even in very young people.

Tensor threads, botox or hyaluronic acid injections are some of the most popular invasive aesthetic treatments among people under 30, giving them popular and attractive names such as ‘foxy eyes’ or ‘baby botox’. These interventions that used to be performed by people who were already of a certain age have become very popular and now the baton is taking over. blepharoplasty.

If you haven’t heard of it yet, it’s a type of surgery that removes excess skin from the eyelids, to make them look younger, open and create a more torn look. According to the Mayo Clinic, as we age, “eyelids stretch and the muscles that support them weaken. As a result, excess fat can accumulate above and below the eyelids. This causes sagging brows, droopy upper eyelids, and bags under the eyes.

'Celebrities' before and after their aesthetic touch-ups

With this treatment, we achieve a clearer, rejuvenated and seductive look, which is why it is rumored that actresses like Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, Penélope Cruz, Blake Lively, Jane Fonda or Catherine Zeta-Jones, among others, have submitted to it.

Blake Lively before and after her surgeries
Blake Lively before and after her surgeries
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According to Dr. Beatriz González Meli, a surgeon specializing in plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive medicine, blepharoplasty “aims to eliminate excess skin and muscle from the eyelids, as well as the underlying fat bags, through a surgical intervention in which make a cut in the median sulcus of the upper eyelid and just below the eyelashes on the lower eyelid and excess skin and muscle is removed. Sometimes part of the underlying fat pads, or they are repositioned to improve the dark circles”.

Possible risks and complications

Like any aesthetic intervention, it is not without risk, such as a reaction to anesthesia or blood clots. In the case of blepharoplasty, although it is usually a fairly safe technique, complications may arise that affect the patient.

According to the expert, up to 9 different cases can occur, such as the loss of eyelashes, infections, dry eyes, visible scars or an unsatisfactory result. Although some are more dangerous than others.

“After surgery bleeding may occur under the skin or internally around the eyeball. If postoperative bleeding develops, it may require emergency treatment or surgery. Do not take aspirin or anti-inflammatories for seven days before surgery, since they can increase the risk of bleeding problems. Hypertension (increased blood pressure) that is not well controlled medically can also cause bleeding during or after surgery. Accumulations of blood under the eyelids can delay healing and cause excessive scarring,” says Meli.

Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones
Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones
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Another complication may be ectropionwhich is “the separation between the lower eyelid and the eyeball, produced by a shortening of the eyelid or excessive scarring. It’s a rare complication, which may require additional surgery.”

There may also appear a edema or palpebral hematoma “very accentuated in the three days following the intervention. It is almost always due to infiltrative local anesthesia and does not usually need surgical treatment. Some people have a greater tendency to swelling than others, but it is usually transitory and subsides in a few days. We fight it applying cold to the area and sleeping with the head higher for a few days,” adds the expert.

And finally, a case of asymmetry. However, “through the use of digital photography, we previously analyzed the two sides of the face to minimize the differences during the intervention,” concludes Meli.

Before undergoing any type of aesthetic treatment that will modify your features, remember to inform yourself very well before, Going to reliable sources of information and always consulting with the doctor who is going to do the intervention.

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