Since the start of the pandemic the number of people seeking cosmetic surgery has been constantly increasing. With virtual communication now considered to be the new normal, it is clear that rather than focus on their facial imperfections more and more people are deciding to get them surgically fixed.

Unsurprisingly this is especially the case with eye surgery. Online close ups and surgical masks are bringing tired eyes into sharp focus and we’re not liking what we are seeing.

However, before you decide whether cosmetic surgery is for you, Marbella’s leading cosmetic surgeon Dr. Pietro di Mauro answers some of the most frequency asked questions about eye surgery.

Can surgery go ahead during the pandemic?

Whilst some people may have concerns about the risk of being exposed to Covid-19 during a surgical procedure, Dr. di Mauro has stringent safety measures in place, both prior to and during the pandemic. All personnel strictly adhere to social distancing, screening, masks and frequent sanitisation of hands and all services.

Will I need a Covid test before the surgery?

Yes, it is essential for all patients to undergo a Covid-19 test prior surgery or admission, as this is a vital step in keeping patients and staff safe.

Is eyelift surgery painful?

As with any surgical procedure there is an element of discomfort. However, blepharoplasty is one of the least painful operations, with a quick recovery time after which you can see instantly visible results.

Would I be awake during eyelift surgery?

Instead of being administered a general anaesthetic which would put you to sleep, eyelift surgery is carried out under a local anaesthetic. This means that you would be sedated and the area around your eyes would be numbed, making the process completely pain free.

What is the recovery time for eyelift surgery?

After eye surgery (blepharoplasty) the stitches can usually be removed in around 5 to 7 days and bruising will disappear in around 2 weeks. However, the recovery time can vary as it depends upon a range of factors, including your general health before the surgery, your skin quality and age and whether you tend to bruise or have a low pain tolerance. The most important factor is actually following Dr. di Mauro’s post-surgery recovery plan. After around six weeks, you’ll be as good as new.

How long does an eyelift operation usually take?

Generally, blepharoplasty takes between one to three hours and the procedure is usually carried out under local anaesthetic. This means that you will be able to return home after the surgery, but you will not be able to drive yourself due to the anaesthetic. You will also need to attend the clinic follow-up appointments to assess the healing process.

What’s the best surgical way to get rid of under-eye bags?

Blepharoplasty could be the best solution for this common complaint. A lower eyelift involves tightening the muscle and skin and repositioning the fat below the eye, to give a refreshed, younger and healthier appearance. The procedure is usually carried out as an outpatient in under 3 hours and for many patients, the results can last a lifetime.

What should I expect to see after the eye lid surgery?

As you would expect when operating on the delicate area around your eyes, there will be a certain amount of bruising and swelling, which are normal parts of the healing process and should subside after a couple of weeks. There may be some additional temporary effects, including watery or dry eyes, blurred vision and light sensitivity, which can be managed by following your post- surgery recovery plan, such as keeping your eyes clean, no rubbing, use eye drops and elevate your head when sleeping.

How soon after my eyelid surgery will I be able to wear contact lenses?

You will need to follow your post-surgery recovery plan and attend follow-up appointments during which Dr. di Mauro will advise you when it is safe for you to start wearing your contact lenses. This will also be the case for wearing makeup, going to the gym, driving etc. As a rule of thumb, you can usually start wearing your lenses after 2 weeks but you must continue to protect your eyes from the sunlight.

To find out more about the eyelid surgery at Dr. di Mauro’s clinic in Marbella, his surgical techniques, experience and clinical safety measures, call 648 43 45 93 for a confidential no-obligation consultation.