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EYELID SURGERY

When people age, they may develop sagging under the eyes where excess skin and fat tissue accumulate. This characteristic simply makes you look older than you may actually be. In severe cases, this condition may actually encumber eyesight, and may be covered by medical insurance. The medical term for the procedure used to correct this condition is blepharoplasty, and is limited to correcting the eye area.

THE SPECIFIC ISSUES EYELID SURGERY CORRECTS ARE:

• Loose or sagging skin under the eye that may actually hinder eyesight

• Excess fat that has gathered in the upper eyelid area that makes your eyes look tired and swollen

• Bagging under the eyes

• Drooping under the eyes that actually reveals the white areas of the eyes under the iris (the colored area of the eyes)

• Excess skin and wrinkling under the eye

BEFORE AND DURING THE SURGERY

Only a qualified cosmetic surgeon can determine if a face lift is right for you. Face lift surgery is a highly individualized procedure and should only be done for personal reasons. Generally, face lift surgery is a good option for you if:

• You are generally healthy

• You are a non-smoker

• You have a positive outlook on life

• You have realistic goals for the procedure

Your surgeon will want to meet with you prior to scheduling a procedure to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for a face lift. The following points cover some of the information your surgeon will want to know:

• What is your desired outcome?

• Do you have any current medical conditions or drug allergies?

• Are you being treated for any other medical conditions?

• Have you undergone any previous surgeries?

• What medications, vitamins, herbal and other supplements, and drugs are you currently using?

• Do you use alcohol and tobacco?

This is not all. Your surgeon will want to complete a physical evaluation to determine your current level of physical health. The information he or she will gather could include:

• Any risk factors you are experiencing, along with any pre-existing conditions

• Photographs that will be included in your medical record, and to aid in determining the extent of improvement

• Treatment options and recommendations

• Discussing possible outcomes of the procedure

• The use of anesthesia during the procedure

BEFORE AND AFTER

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YOUR SURGEON MAY ALSO INSTITUTE:

• Dietary guidelines or restrictions

• Alcohol consumption guidelines or restrictions

• Avoiding certain vitamin supplements

INSTRUCTIONS YOU WILL RECEIVE MAY INCLUDE:

• What to do on the day of the surgery

• Using anesthesia during your procedure

• Any post-op care and treatments

BEFORE THE DAY OF THE SURGERY, YOU WILL BE ADVISED OR REQUIRED TO:

• Complete routine blood tests to determine overall physical health

• Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, or herbal supplements that increase bleeding

When beginning this procedure, anesthesia is administered using either intravenous sedation or local anesthesia. After this is allowed to settle in, incisions are made in the upper eyelid in such a way as to conceal any possible scarring that may occur. This incision allows the surgeon to easily remove and reposition any fatty deposits that have gathered, tighten muscles and surrounding tissues, and remove any excess skin.

The incision involving the lower eyelid is made under the lower lash line. Then extra skin is pulled up and removed. If your surgeon is going to remove or redistribute accumulated fat in the area, the incision is made inside the lower eyelid and is called a transconjunctival incision.

The incisions made for eyelid surgeries are usually closed using removable and/or absorbable sutures, skin adhesives, or surgical tape. Results become visible as swelling and bruising diminish.

AFTER THE PROCEDURE IS COMPLETE

After returning home, it is very important to follow your surgeon’s suggestions for resting and for the care of the surgical and incision sites. Be sure that you do not subject the surgical incisions to excessive force, swelling, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. This can have detrimental effects to the quality of your results, as well as your general health.

If you experience shortness of breath, chest pains, or unusual or irregular heartbeats, seek immediate medical attention. You may be hospitalized if any of these serious medical conditions occur.

The practice of medicine is not an exact science. Good results are always expected, but not guaranteed. Some situations may require multiple surgeries in order to achieve the best results. A similar procedure (like a forehead lift, eyelid surgery, or liposuction) may also be required.

Your results will be long-lasting, as long as you maintain a stable body weight and general physical fitness. As your body ages, a loss of firmness or sagging may begin to reappear. Most of the improvement should remain.

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