What You Need To Know About Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery Blepharoplasty
Droopy eyelids are one major reason why people look to eyelid surgery blepharoplasty. The procedure is conducted to remove and tighten the excess eyelid skin ultimately giving you a more youthful look.
Blepharoplasty can remove the excess skin, muscle and occasionally fat from the lower and upper eyelids. In a few cases, you may need to remove just skin (and not muscle) or the procedure may need to be done on both your lower and upper eyelids.
Who Are the Best Candidates for Eyelid Surgery Blepharoplasty?
You can consider undergoing eyelid surgery blepharoplasty if there is excess drooping and saggy skin around your eyes (a common sign of aging). Sagging skin may need to be exaggerated when the patient has puffy eyes due to edema or eye allergies.
If you are interested in cosmetic blepharoplasty, your doctor is likely going to tell you to keep your expectations realistic. This is because even though cosmetic procedures can dramatically improve your appearance sometimes, they are not the Fountain of Youth.
Who Can Perform the Eye Lift Procedure?
Different types of surgeons are qualified to perform cosmetic eyelid surgery blepharoplasty. Ophthalmologists and oculoplastic surgeons commonly perform this type of procedure. However, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, general plastic surgeons, as well as ear, throat and nose surgeons can also perform eyelid surgery.
How Much Is blepharoplasty Eyelid Surgery?
Blepharoplasty eyelid surgery cost depends on three factors: 1) The geographical area where the surgery is performed, 2) Which surgeon is doing the surgery, and 3) whether local anesthesia or general anesthesia is being used. Most patients prefer a mild sedation and local anesthesia when getting upper eyelid surgery, which makes procedure much less expensive avoiding the expense of brining in an anesthesiologist.
Eyelid lift Surgery Blepharoplasty Before and After
How Long Do the Effects of Eyelid Surgery Blepharoplasty Last?
Depending on your health along with other key factors, a blepharoplasty may last as long as ten years. Your eye doctor will evaluate your health for possible risk factors like dry eye issues, diabetes and thyroid eye disease.
Note that a number of health issues and their severity can eliminate you as a suitable candidate for blepharoplasty. Smokers have increased risk of complications because they heal slowly. If you smoke, your surgeon might recommend that you quit smoking several weeks before the procedure.
What Happens During The Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery?
During the procedure, incisions are made around the folds of the eyelid, beneath the lashes and in the crease of the upper eyelid. Doing it this way will make the incisions unnoticeable after they heal. During the blepharoplasty, your therapist will make markings to designate the areas that have fat pads and excess skin. The same goes for some underlying muscle.
These unwanted tissues are removed using surgical instruments like surgical scissors, scalpels, cutting lasers (occasionally) and radio-frequency cutting devices. After all unwanted tissue is taken out, sutures or tissue adhesives are applied with care to reconfigure and smoothen the areas around the eyelids and eyebrows.
During the procedure, your doctor will make judgments regarding how much muscle, skin, and/or fat that will be removed. This will be done based on an evaluation of certain factors including your the underlying structure of your facial muscle, bone structure and symmetry of your eyebrows.
Interested to know more about Upper Blepharoplasty, Eyelid Lift Surgery or Eye Bags Treatment? Wondering if you are an ideal candidate for these procedures? Schedule a consultation today for your Santa Barbara plastic surgery! Call Dr. Sheffield at our Santa Barbara office (805) 318-3280.