Patients suffering from droopy eyelids with excess skin or fat may benefit from eyelid surgery at Dermacare Plastic Surgery. Under the care of Dr. Rod, patients can achieve their ideal look and possibly even improve their range of vision.
What Are the Benefits of Eyelid Surgery?
As people age, their skin loses its elasticity. In addition to producing noticeable changes in the rest of the face, this process is particularly apparent in the eyelids, which can begin to droop and sag. In some cases, patients can even experience dark circles or puffy areas under the eyes. An eyelid surgery, medically known as blepharoplasty, can help these types of Phoenix area patients in the following ways:
- Removes fat to reduce under-eye puffiness
- Removes excess skin to eliminate sagging and drooping
- Tightens lax muscles to help eyes look more open and alert
- Improves vision by removing excess skin of the upper eyelid that is acting as an obstruction
Best of all, eyelid surgery can be performed without hospitalization. Patients can choose to improve their lower lids, upper lids, or both lids. Both upper and lower lid surgeries also involve limited scarring, as incisions are made inside the eyelid and in the natural creases in the eyelids.
Is Eyelid Surgery Right for Me?
Not everyone is a candidate for eyelid surgery. That’s why Dr. Rod recommends all patients schedule an initial consultation to talk over their options. If eyelid surgery is not possible, Dr. Rod can recommend alternative procedures to help patients achieve their goals.
The ideal candidate
- Is healthy enough for surgery and has no pre existing eye conditions that may cause problems.
- Doesn’t smoke, as smoking can complicate healing and increases the chance of problems during surgery.
- Has realistic expectations about the procedure.
- Is dealing with sagging or loose skin around the eyes.
- Has bags under the eyes that make them look puffy.
- Has a drooping lower lid that reveals the whites of the eyes.
What Does Eyelid Surgery Cost?
The cost of eyelid surgery can vary drastically for each patient, which is why Dr. Rod is not comfortable quoting a price until the patient schedules an initial consultation. After examining the patient and taking a closer look at their situation, Dr. Rod can make a more accurate estimate that reflects their personal situation.
Phoenix patients also have a number of financing options available to them. Our office accepts CareCredit, eMedical Financing Solutions, and Alphaeon Credit as forms of payment.
What Is the Recovery After Eyelid Surgery?
Recovering from eyelid surgery varies from patient to patient, but most people will need to take off at least a week from work. During this time, rest is essential to promote healing and help the swelling go down. Patients won’t be allowed to wear makeup during this time, and they’ll also need to eat a healthy diet, drink lots of water, and stay away from cigarettes. Pain, swelling, and bruising around the eyes are common, but we will start you on a supplement several days prior to surgery to minimize these symptoms. Patients can use cold compresses to help with post-surgery recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Does it Take to Recover from Blepharoplasty?
Recovery time periods for any surgery are going to vary from patient to patient. In general, blepharoplasty patients in Phoenix need at least a week off work to recover from their surgery, during which time they can’t wear any makeup. Your exact recovery time period is going to depend on your unique case. Staying well hydrated, resting, icing, eating well and refraining from using tobacco products usually results in a faster recovery.
Can Blepharoplasty Improve My Vision?
While blepharoplasty can’t make you see images more sharply as glasses and contacts do, it can help Phoenix patients see better if their eyelids sag so much that they obstruct your vision. A consultation with Dr. Rod will be able to tell you if this surgery can help improve your vision.
Why Do Aging Eyes Make Me Look Tired in the First Place?
Your eyes are one of the first areas of the face to show the signs of aging. Wrinkles, loss of skin laxity, and the way your body stores fat in the eyelid and under eye area can all contribute to you having a sleepy, older look to your eyes even though you’re still young and well rested. Blepharoplasty can treat all of these signs of aging, and provide results that make you look as great as you feel inside.
Are the Results of Blepharoplasty Permanent?
While the results of blepharoplasty can be dramatic, the longevity of your results is going to depend on a number of individual factors. Since the aging process never stops, it’s impossible for Dr. Rod to predict the longevity of your blepharoplasty results. It’s important to note, though, that most individuals who undergo this surgery and have drooping eyelids reappear, don’t require a second blepharoplasty procedure, but rather an eyebrow lift instead. If this is a concern of yours, bring it up with Dr. Rod, and he can explain the process in more detail.
Why Does Dr. Rod Insist I don’t Smoke?
Dr. Rod cares about your overall well being, which is why he requires any candidates who smoke to quit smoking 6 weeks before their plastic surgery and remain smoke-free afterwards. The surgical reason is that smoking constricts blood vessels, which can cause a number of major issues in the operating room that can easily be prevented if you stop using tobacco products. Additionally, smoking is known to delay the healing process, which leaves you more vulnerable to unwanted side effects and infections. And as a Phoenix physician, Dr. Rod encourages everyone to refrain from smoking to prevent its well-documented side effects including lung cancer, emphysema, and COPD.
If you have eyelids that sag, and you think you’re a candidate for eyelid surgery, call Phoenix’s go-to plastic surgeon. Dr. Rod of Dermacare Plastic Surgery is ready to consult with you and help determine if eyelid surgery is the right course of action for you. To schedule this initial appointment, call (623) 289-1772.