It has always been my philosophy that the best way to address facial aging is to take a gradual approach, beginning early with small, subtle procedures focused on highly specific areas of concern and only moving on to more comprehensive procedures when necessary. In my experience, some of the most effective plastic surgery results can be obtained by treating the small, delicate areas around the eyes. According to statistics published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), more than 200,000 eyelid surgeries, or blepharoplasties, were performed in the United States in 2014, making it one of the five most commonly performed cosmetic plastic surgeries. Many patients, both men and women, come to me with questions about this extremely popular procedure.
Am I a good candidate for eyelid surgery?
Every person is unique and each face has its own individual areas of concern, so ultimately the best way to determine if you are a candidate for a blepharoplasty is to come in for a consultation so that I can evaluate your facial anatomy thoroughly and determine what procedures might best remedy your concerns. In general, however, any healthy men or women without serious eye conditions or medical conditions that would impair healing may be candidates for a blepharoplasty procedure.
Will the results of my eyelid surgery be permanent?
While cosmetic surgery procedures can help alleviate the changes in the face that can occur as the result of aging, they cannot stop the aging process completely. Even after your procedure, a combination of time and environmental conditions will continue to age your face, and so additional procedures may be necessary to address additional facial aging concerns. Still, upper eyelid surgery can last at least five to seven years, and in some cases even longer, and lower eyelid surgery rarely needs to be repeated.
What can I expect during recovery after eyelid surgery?
All patients heal at different rates, but after a blepharoplasty you will most likely have small stitches in your upper eyelids that will remain for as long as a week. Swelling and, less frequently, bruising, is common after the procedure and some patients may even experience temporary blurry vision. Surgical tape placed over the lower eyelids and cold compresses can help alleviate these side effects, but most patients are able to return to their normal activities within ten days.
A blepharoplasty is just one of the many ways that facial plastic surgery procedures can help keep you looking young and vital. If you are interested in any of the other procedures that I perform, please contact my office, to schedule a consultation. Don’t forget to connect with me, Dr. Fernando Burstein, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest facial plastic surgery news.