Upper and lower eyelift surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a simple, minimally invasive procedure that offers major benefits to patients. This surgery, recently featured on the popular television show "The View," has become well known of late for both its eyesight improvement and overall cosmetic advantages. In fact, eyelift surgery was ranked as the fourth most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the United States last year.
Why Upper & Lower Eyelift Surgery?
Patients who choose upper and lower eyelift surgery have many different reasons – all equally valid. For example, how would you like to look 5 or 10 years younger? Not surprisingly, many patients would like this very much – and blepharoplasty is one of the easiest modern surgical procedures to offer this advantage.
Sometimes a patient’s reason is medical as well as cosmetic. For instance, do you ever find you have trouble seeing clearly because your upper eyelid is puffy or low-hanging and it obscures your vision? Gravity works on us all, and over time, this natural part of the aging process can actually become a safety hazard as well as a cosmetic irritant. If this describes you, a blepharoplasty can eliminate any vision problems associated with your aging eyelids.
Another reason for wanting to have a blepharoplasty includes removing natural fatty deposits that accumulate over time, making the eye area look puffy. Still another is to remove the fine wrinkles that can form around the eyes as the eyelids succumb to gravity’s effects. As well, for patients who suffer from near-constant under-eye bags, even if they are rested and well hydrated, blepharoplasty can take care of this problem once and for all.
Upper & Lower Eyelift Surgery Procedure
The blepharoplasty procedure in New York City is typically quick and easy. First, Dr. Steinbrech will administer anesthesia. This is necessary both for your comfort and so you will remain perfectly still during surgery. Next Dr. Steinbrech will make very minimal cuts in such a way as to hide any scars in your own eyelids’ natural folds.
During the procedure, Dr. Steinbrech will make whatever adjustments your particular case requires, including removal or repositioning of fatty deposits, muscle tightening, excess skin removal, wrinkle removal and other options. Once the adjustments are complete, Dr. Steinbrech will use sutures, natural skin adhesives or surgical tape to close up your small incisions for healing.
When you awake, you may have light gauze covering your eyes. While you may notice some initial bruising, swelling, discoloration or surface irritation to the eye area, this will subside as you follow Dr. Steinbrech’s instructions for post-procedure eye care. Here, it will be very critical you plan not to drive or spend time in the sun until Dr. Steinbrech releases you to do so.
You may be wondering if there are any risks or safety considerations you need to be aware of. While there are always risks from any surgical procedure, the risks you and another patient face – even for the same procedure – can also be different. Some general risks to take into consideration include scarring, anesthesia side effects, persistent pain or other skin-level sensations, vision changes and, in rare cases, blindness. Here, it is very important to talk with Dr. Steinbrech about general and personal risks before deciding whether to proceed with blepharoplasty surgery.
Are You A Good Candidate?
There are some general and specific indications to look for in determining if a patient is a good candidate for blepharoplasty surgery. The best candidate for blepharoplasty surgery in New York City will be a non-smoker who is healthy and in good physical shape. Ideal candidates have no major eye issues (other than those for which a blepharoplasty procedure is specifically recommended). The ideal candidate will also have an optimistic personality, willingness to follow all pre- and post-surgical care instructions and a realistic outlook on what the surgery itself can assist with.
As well, if you have just had a major surgical procedure (or are planning to have one in the near future) Dr. Steinbrech may consult with you about the best timing for your blepharoplasty surgery. Finally, it is important to know that your eye issues (cosmetic or medical or both) may also be exacerbated by issues somewhere else in your facial musculature or structure, in which case a blepharoplasty alone can only do so much to correct the issue.
But in general, so long as you can meet the minimum medical requirements as assessed by Dr. Steinbrech, a blepharoplasty surgery has one of the highest success rates both in terms of post-recovery results and patient satisfaction.
Upper & Lower Eyelift Surgery FAQs
You may find you have quite a number of questions about the blepharoplasty procedure and this is totally normal. It is critical to select a surgeon that is board-certified and has excellent patient satisfaction scores such as Dr. Steinbrech.
It can be a good idea to write down all of your questions in advance of your surgical consultation and take some notes during your conversation so you are sure you have all of your questions answered before proceeding.
Here are answers to a few of the many frequently asked questions patients have about blepharoplasty:
Q – How long will the procedure last?
The typical full blepharoplasty procedure lasts approximately 120 minutes – 60 minutes for the upper eyelift and 60 minutes for the lower eyelift. This time does not include pre-operative preparations.
Q – What can I expect after the procedure?
You will be able to return to your home the same day you have the procedure, although you will need someone to drive you home. In terms of recovery from a surgical procedure, you can expect your recovery to be relatively pain-free and fast. You may experience some burning, dryness or eye irritation, for which Dr. Steinbrech will likely prescribe some medications or over-the-counter soothers you can use. Typically you will have your post-operative follow-up appointment around the fourth or fifth day following surgery (weekends excepting) and at that time any sutures or other post-operative healing aids will be removed.
Q – Are there risks?
There is always risk involved with surgical procedures. Some of these risks are general (anesthesia side effects, post-operative pain) and some may be quite personal to the patient’s own medical history. It is important to discuss these risks with your surgeon prior to proceeding forward with surgery.
Q – How soon can I return to work?
In nearly every case, the patient is able to return to work within one full week (7 days) of having the surgery. Keep in mind that after one week, a great deal of your swelling will have subsided and any sutures will have been removed. Women can apply makeup and in most cases, your co-workers will not even notice you have had surgery.
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