5 Things You Should Know Before You Decide to Have Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery can revitalize your appearance, making you look years younger. As you get older the skin around you eyelids begins to droop and sag, causing you to look tired or rundown. However, at Facial Plastic Surgery OC, in Orange County near Los Angeles, our expert plastic surgery team can help improve the signs of aging around the eyes with Blepharoplasty, otherwise known as eyelid surgery. Dr. Alexis D. Furze, M.D., FACS, is a highly trained surgeon that has received additional training and an additional board certification in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Although it is best to consult Dr. Furze directly regarding if this procedure is ideal for you, here are 5 things you should consider before deciding to have eyelid surgery.

1. The Right candidate for this procedure
Before considering blepharoplasty it is important to ask your doctor if you are an ideal candidate. This will help ensure that the procedure is as successful as possible. An ideal candidate is someone in overall good health. It is also important for potential candidates to have realistic expectations about the results that can be obtained with this procedure. Typically people contemplating this surgery are looking to improve excess skin on the upper and/or lower eyelid, droopy or sagging eyelids, pronounced bags under the eyes, or droopy lower eyelids.

2. Potential Downtime
It is imperative that patients who are thinking about having eyelid surgery understand the downtime and recovery time associated with this surgery. Consult with your doctor before your procedure to discuss the possibility of combining the eyelid surgery with any other facial surgeries you may be considering such as a facelift or brow lift. This way you may be able to take advantage of the surgery to complete several procedures.

3. Aftercare
Eyelid surgery is typically an outpatient procedure. This means that you can often go home the same day of the surgery, though usually you will remain in the surgery center for a few hours in recovery. Commonly patients have mild discomfort for several days after the surgery so it is important to note that it is recommended that patients be accompanied home on the day of the surgery. It is good to understand before having this procedure that some swelling and bruising is to be expected for about two weeks post surgery. Patients typically can return to work approximately 5 days after surgery and can use makeup to help conceal any redness or bruising that remains. It is also important to know that patients should wait at least 3 weeks before resuming any strenuous activity.

4. Risks associated with Blepharoplasty
Since blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure it comes with some risks, as do all surgeries. The risks associated with surgery in general are unfavorable reaction to anesthesia, infection, excessive bleeding, and/or blood clots. The risks associated with eyelid surgery specifically, though uncommon, are as following:

  • Dry or irritated eyes
  • Eyelid problems, such as inability to completely close eyes
  • Visible scarring and/or variation from normal skin color
  • Injury to eye muscles
  • Temporary blurred vision

In order to best minimize risks it is recommended to have an experienced, highly qualified surgeon, like Dr. Furze, perform the procedure.

5. Eyelid surgery and Crow’s feet
While a blepharoplasty can help improve your appearance in significant ways, it is important to note that it will not eliminate crow’s feet, which are the wrinkles that form at the corners of your eyes. A different procedure is necessary in order to correct those types of wrinkles. If you are interested in reducing wrinkles in addition to improving the excess skin around your eyelid, do not hesitate to consult with Dr. Furze, as it might be possible to do both procedures at the same time.

Choosing Facial Plastic Surgery OC
Dr. Furze and his expert plastic surgery team maintain patient safety and patient satisfaction as top priorities. Dr. Furze is pleased to offer patients the eyelid surgery because it is an extremely effective procedure. The eyelid surgery helps rejuvenate and restore a youthful appearance, making patients appear refreshed as opposed to overtired. For more information regarding this innovative procedure contact Dr. Furze at his Los Angeles office today.

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