Thursday, December 27, 2012

What your eyes say about you.

Eyelid surgery is  the third most popular cosmetic surgery. More than 147,500 procedures were performed last year,  The change in appearance can make you look more rested, refreshed and alert. One surgery can be used to have the upper eyelid, lower eye or both areas tightened. In many cases, droopiness in the upper eye can inhibit vision, while puffy bags in the lower eye create the appearance of constantly being tired or sad.

Those who undergo the procedure can expect to have incisions made to remove the loose skin surrounding the eye. As your plastic surgeon, I will determine the best technique and area to concentrate on to achieve the best outcome for you. (After all, every person has different eyes.). The incision for the upper eyelid is usually hidden in the crease or natural fold. On the lower eyelid, the incision is hidden right below the lash line. Your eyelashes can hide any scarring there. If the under-eye is dark or sagging due to loss of volume, I may suggest dermal fillers lasers or a different approach since the purpose of eyelid surgery is primarily to remove excess  skin and fat.

I perform this surgery on an outpatient basis in my licensed surgery center. Your eyesight will be blurry and compromised following surgery, so you should arrange for someone to drive you home and stay with you for 24-hours. Stitches are usually removed within a week. But blurriness, swelling and bruising can last for up to several weeks depending on each patient. In some cases, eye drops and wearing sunglasses to protect from the sun and wind are advised while your eye  recover.

Eyelid surgery is relatively low-risk and patients are generally satisfied with a 77% worth it rating on RealSelf.com. The most important part of limiting risks and complications is to 

1) make sure you see a board-certified plastic surgeon who has experience with eyelid surgery 

2) follow all pre and postoperative instructions 

3) let your doctor and his staff know if you are having any problems. 

If you have heavy-set eyelids and/or bags under your eyes, this procedure might change the way others see you, and more importantly, how you see the world.

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