Patients who undergo blepharoplasty, otherwise known as cosmetic eyelid surgery, are often dissatisfied with their appearance because of sagging or puffy eyelids. Not only can dropping upper eyelids and bags beneath the eyes cause you to look perpetually tired even when you are feeling well rested, but your vision can also be impaired by excess skin that blocks your peripheral view.
Are Your Eyelids Showing Signs of Aging?
Typically excess eyelid skin, sagging, puffiness, and bags beneath the eyes are a result of aging. As with other skin of the face and body, collagen production decreases and laxity sets in. Fatty deposits also form in various areas and are difficult to get rid of. The only treatment for this condition, named dermatochalasis is a surgical procedure.
If you find yourself experiencing any or all of these problems around your eyes, you may be a candidate for blepharoplasty. A consultation with Dr. Bustillo at his Coral Gables, FL plastic surgery practice can help to determine if the surgery is right for you.
Candidates for blepharoplasty are typically in their forties or older, though there are younger patients who want to address puffy eyelids sagging early on, often in cases of hereditary eyelid bags. The procedure helps them to feel and look more attractive.
Are You Healthy Enough for Surgery and Recovery?
Candidates for any cosmetic surgery, including blepharoplasty, must be in overall good health to keep the risk of complications during and after surgery at a minimum. Patients who smoke should do so two weeks before and after the procedure, as smoking can compromise the results. Certain supplements and medications will also need to be ceased prior to surgery.
Your medical history will be required. Let Dr. Bustillo know if you have had any adverse reactions to anesthesia or other health concerns that you may have. When performed alone, blepharoplasty may be done with local anesthesia or IV sedation, though when combined with other procedures general anesthesia may be used.
Recovery following surgery is about one week. Strenuous activity and exercise should be avoided until around three weeks. Directions will be provided about reducing swelling, taking pain medications, and when you can wash the eyes and apply makeup.
Do You Know Your Risks?
All surgeries have their risks, including blepharoplasty. In addition to risks associated with anesthesia, patients should be aware that an accumulation of blood under the skin, known as a hematoma, can occur. Luckily, this only develops in only about 1% of cases. Infections are also rare, but possible. Antibiotics are given prior to surgery and afterwards to diminish the risk of infection.
Do You Have the Right Surgeon?
A skilled plastic surgeon experienced with blepharoplasty will be able to remove the excess skin, muscle, and fat of the eyes without minimal to no complications, restoring a more youthful and rested appearance. Dr. Bustillo aims to minimize scars by placing incisions in discreet locations. He also works to gain as much symmetry as possible while creating a naturally smooth transition between the eyelids and surrounding areas of the face. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Bustillo and learn if blepharoplasty is right for you, call his South Florida plastic surgery practice at 305-663-3380.