According to the annual report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 209,000 blepharoplasties were performed last year. This eyelid-rejuvenating procedure has ranked in the top five cosmetic surgeries for the past several years. Seeing that a simple eyelid lift can refresh the entire face, it’s hard to find a reason to put this procedure off.
We certainly don’t recommend that you postpone your eyelid lift if you’re struggling to make peace with the signs of aging around your eyes. A good blepharoplasty can take years off of the face and can bring new vibrancy to the eye area. That is if it is done well. There is no reason to forego an eyelid lift. There is every reason to spend a reasonable amount of time finding and speaking with your surgeon.
In a recent post, we discussed the potential for complications after eyelid surgery and how to avoid them by selecting a highly qualified, specifically-trained surgeon to perform your procedure. Here, we present a few questions that can further improve the outcome of your surgery. Keep in mind that the way your surgeon answers your questions provides clues to the suitability of your partnership. Whether you choose our Denver practice for your eyelid rejuvenation surgery or not, we wish for you to obtain the best possible results from your procedure.
Questions for Your Surgeon
Is Eyelid Surgery The Best Option For Me?
There are suitable non-surgical solutions to the signs of aging that affect the eyes. Botox is a popular treatment that lifts the brows and creates more openness around the eyes. This injectable can also reduce the appearance of crow’s feet. Dermal fillers can decrease the prominence of undereye bags, and laser treatments can subtly tighten the skin. However, surgery is the best way to achieve lasting results. If you have already used injectable solutions or laser treatments to rejuvenate your eyes and want longer-lasting effects, blepharoplasty may be the most appropriate option.
Is Blepharoplasty The Best Surgical Choice?
The appearance of the eyes is based on the eyelids as well as on the position of the brow. In many cases, it is necessary to address both features at once. Furthermore, there are some people for whom a brow lift makes more sense than an eyelid lift. An experienced oculoplastic surgeon has the strong familiarity with facial muscles to determine the underlying source of aging eyes, and therefore the best ability to discuss the best surgical techniques to achieve the desired outcome. For some patients, we combine blepharoplasty eyelid surgery with a non-surgical brow lift using Botox. For others, it is a combination of brow lift and eyelid lift surgeries that achieves the best results.
Is Fat Added or Taken Away During Surgery?
There are fat pads beneath the upper and lower eyelids, and these are integral to the structure of the overlying tissue. Fat can be addressed in a few different ways; your surgeon can remove it, redistribute it, or add fat from another part of the body (or add volume with dermal fillers). Your experienced surgeon can explain how fat will be handled to achieve the best results.