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What is Blepharoplasty Surgery?
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons describes Blepharoplasty as a surgical procedure to repair dropping eyelids that can involve removing excess fat, muscle, and skin. As you get older, the muscles around your eyes weaken. Excess fat gathers below and above your eyelids, and, as a result, your eyebrows sag, and your lids look droopy.
Sagging skin around your eyes can affect your peripheral vision. Blepharoplasty (cosmetic eye surgery) procedure either eliminates or reduces 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:
- It reduces under-eye bags
- Vision improves as the line of sight expands
- Appearance is refreshed by enhancing the eye shape
- Excess fat around eyes is removed, so it reduces skin irritation
- Patients look well-rested and youthful
- Undereye dark circles are gone
- Lower eyelids and outer corners of the eye show fewer lines.
Blepharoplasty best candidates
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons considers 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. However, droopy eyelids are often a family trait, so some patients choose the surgery at a younger age.
We recommend you to set realistic expectations and discuss your goals with your surgeon. Cosmetic surgery can help build your confidence by enhancing your appearance. And it’s great if it so! But it can alter your facial structure, and you might not be happy with the result.
How Blepharoplasty is performed?
Eyelift surgery typically takes around 2 hours for both lower and upper eyelids. You can choose to have a local anesthetic around the eye, oral sedation, or an IV sedation.
Surgeons usually start working on the upper lids. It 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. The surgeon will close the incisions with tiny stitches that will be there for 3 to 6 days. But don’t worry, many people are ready to go out in public in as low as two weeks. Your eyelids will continue to heal and looking better for about one to three months.
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Blepharoplasty combined with other cosmetic procedures
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends you to seek only a specialist plastic surgeon. If you are looking only for blepharoplasty, it’d be best to work with a specialist eyelid surgeon. However, many patients want to have more than one procedure done. Then it’s better to work with a multidisciplinary clinic as they 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 a lot depending on the clinic 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
What can you expect in terms of results and recovery?
Usually the results of successful eyelid surgery are long-lasting. You’ll have some pain and discomfort during the surgery, as well as bruising and swelling afterwards. Most patients are ready to meet the public within 2 weeks. Although, it’ll be a few months, though, before you fully recover.
Eyelid surgery doesn’t stop the natural aging process. It’s important to follow sun protection regime. Even though the vast majority of surgical procedures provide excellent results, there are no guarantees. Occasionally, more corrective surgery may be needed.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends patients to always strictly adhere to post-operative instructions, as these are vital for the success of your procedure. You should avoid any aggressive motion, abrasion, or excess force while you are healing. And, always follow your doctor’s instructions.
Preparing for surgery and choosing your plastic surgeon
The first step in any plastic surgery procedure is a consultation, where your potential cosmetic surgeon explains you the available options. Get you questions ready, as they will help get prepared for the surgery.
Below are a series of other questions that you can ask to help make the process easier.
Questions to ask at a consultation
- 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?
- 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 your before and after photographs of your previous procedures and the result?
Questions to ask yourself after the consultation
- Has your surgeon made you feel at ease and welcome?
- How 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?
- Do you feel your surgeon completely understands your expectations?
- Has the surgeon ensured your expectations are reasonable?
- Has he/she fully explained the options?
- Are you confident to move forward with the surgery?
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