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What is Blepharoplasty Surgery?
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons describes Blepharoplasty as a surgical procedure used to repair dropping eyelets, that can involve removing excess fat, muscle, and skin. As you get older, the muscles around your eyes weaken and this can cause your eyelids to stretch, causing excess fat can gather below and above your eyelids. This can make your eyebrows sag, bags form under your eyes and your upper lids look droopy.
Aside from premature aging, sagging skin surrounding your eyes can affect your peripheral vision. Blepharoplasty procedures or designed to either eliminate or reduce these peripheral vision problems and make your eyes look more alert and younger.
Benefits of Blepharoplasty
Here are the key benefits of Blepharoplasty according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- Under-eye bags are reduced
- Vision is improved by an expanding line of sight
- Appearances refreshed by enhancing the eyes shape
- The excess foods around the eye are removed, and this reduces skin irritation
- Patience getting more rested and useful appearance
- They remove dark circles under the eyes
- It removes discomfort in patients caused by the strain of trying to lift the sagging skin around the eyelid area
- Lower eyelids and outer corners of the eye show fewer lines.
Blepharoplasty best candidates
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons consider the best candidates for surgery to be those who have set realistic expectations are in good health. The vast majority of candidates who choose this surgery are over 35 years of age. But droopy baggy eyelids are sometimes a family trait, causing some patients to choose the surgery at a younger age.
We recommend that before you decide on any surgery that you discuss your goals and set realistic expectations with your surgeon. As with any plastic surgery, it can help build your confidence by enhancing your appearance, however, sometimes it can alter your facial structure and the results are not ideal.
How Blepharoplasty is performed?
Eyelift surgery typically takes around 2 hours when both lower and upper eyelids are operated on together. Surgeons usually apply a local anesthetic that is injected around the eye or they can administer it with oral sedation. It’s highly likely you will receive IV sedation if the procedure is conducted in a surgical hospital or center.
Surgeons usually start work on the upper lids as this allows them to follow the natural lines of your eyelids. Using these cuts a surgeon separates the skin from any underlying tissue and removes excess skin, muscle, and fat where needed. The surgeon will close the incisions using tiny stitches and these will stay in place for 3 to 6 days. In most cases, surgeons use techniques to fix the lower lids that rarely require incisions or stitches.
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Blepharoplasty combined with other cosmetic procedures
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends that you only work with a specialist plastic surgeon. If you’re looking for a Blepharoplasty procedure, working with an eyelid surgical specialist will increase the probability of success. Having said that some patients you want more than one surgical procedure performed at once. It’s recommended that you work with a multidisciplinary clinic as these can offer surgeons who specialize in a variety of different techniques including.
- Breast Augmentation
- Brow lifts
- Neck and facelift
How much is Blepharoplasty?
Costs of plastic surgery can vary quickly depending on the clinic you work with and the extent of the surgery needed, but typically Blepharoplasty costs a little over $3000, this is not including the cost of anesthesia and any other hospital expenses.
Blepharoplasty surgery recovery & results
Post-surgery, what can you expect in terms of results and recovery? Usually, the results of successful eyelid surgery are long-lasting. There will be a little pain and discomfort during the surgery and this will also result in bruising and swelling. Thankfully, most patients are happy to meet the public within 2 weeks but expect a few months before you’re fully recovered.
Eye surgery doesn’t stop the natural aging process so its important to continue to maintain an aggressive sun protection regime. We would also like to reiterate that even though the vast majority of these surgical procedures provide excellent results, there are no guarantees occasionally more corrective surgery may be needed.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons do always recommend patience strictly adhere to post-operative instructions, as these are vital for the success of your procedure. All surgical areas should be kept away from any aggressive motion, abrasion, or excess force while they’re healing. You should always follow the specific instructions laid down by your doctor.
Preparing for surgery and choosing your plastic surgeon
The first step in any plastic surgery procedure is a consultation. During this, your potential cosmetic surgeon should be able to put your mind at ease and fully educate you about the options available. At this point you should have a series of questions ready, these will help you both choose the right plastic surgeon and prepare you for your surgery. These four questions are a good starting point.
Has your surgeon made you feel at ease and welcome?
Has he or she offered feedback on all your concerns?
Do you feel your surgeon completely understands your expectations?
Have they fully explained the options?
Before you proceed with any surgery you should always have the four questions satisfied below are a series of other questions that you can ask to help make the process easier?
- Do you believe I am a suitable candidate for this procedure? If not, why not?
- How many successful procedures have you performed?
- What are the benefits of Blepharoplasty?
- What are the risks involved in the surgery?
- Where will my surgery take place?
- Is this an accredited surgical facility?
- Where do you have hospital privileges?
- if anesthesia is to be performed, what are the qualifications of the anesthesiologist?
- Can I see the credentials of your surgical staff?
- What is your emergency response procedure?
- Can I see you before and after photographs of your previous procedures and the result?
After you ask these questions and you are happy, only then should you consent to a physical exam, but this should be treated as part of the interview process too. Note everything.
- Professional and courteous the surgeon and their staff are?
- Is the surgeon willing to address any concerns you have?
- Has the surgeon offered you access to all available options?
- Can the surgeon explain to you how this procedure will be tailored to your specific needs?
- Does the surgeon explain exactly one you can expect?
- Have they ensured your expectations are reasonable?
- Are you confident to move forward with the surgery?
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