Stop Looking Tired When You’re Not and Get that Bright-Eyed Look You Desire by Phoenix Area Plastic Surgeon Dr. Rod of Dermacare Cosmetic Surgery
Your eyes are one of the first things about you that people notice. The area around the eyes is also one of the first regions to show the signs of aging. This can be bad news for Phoenix area men and women who have sagging or drooping upper or lower eyelids, or eyes that always look puffy or have dark circles underneath them. By rejuvenating the eyelids, Dr. Rod is able to give people a refreshed, alert appearance that affects how they are perceived by the outside world. This procedure, known as Blepharoplasty, corrects sagging, bags, or puffiness of the upper and/or lower eyelids. Contact Arizona Dermacare today to find out if eyelid surgery is right for you.
All About Eyelid Surgery
This surgical technique is performed in the office and involves removing excess skin and fat or tightening lax muscles to improve the appearance around the eyes.
Upper eyelids are incised within the natural crease where the scar can be concealed within this structure. Fat is either repositioned or removed, muscles tightened, and excess skin removed.
Lower eyelids are corrected just below the lower lash line. As with the upper lid procedure, fat is either repositioned or removed, and excess skin removed. An alternative to this incision is one created on the inside of the lower lid. With this technique, no skin is removed, but redistribution or removal of fat is performed.
Dr. Rod cares deeply about your overall health and, therefore, has strict criteria for Phoenix area residents desiring to become plastic surgery patients. This criterion includes:
- Good physical and healthy conditions, along with having no serious eye conditions that may interfere with the procedure
- Being a non-smoker as smoking can cause surgical complications as well as delay your recovery time period
- Good psychological health and having a good, positive outlook for your procedure
- Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid
- Persistent bags under your eyes or excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the eyelids
- Drooping lower eyelids that reveal white below the iris
- Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid
Below are some common things you can expect after having Eyelid Surgery:
- Increased self-confidence and self-image
- Improved appearance of the eyelids and a rejuvenated appearance
- In many cases, improved vision as your upper eyelids no longer sag so low that they obstruct your vision
- As swelling and bruising subside, a smooth, better-defined eyelid and surrounding region
This procedure can correct certain conditions permanently, but you will continue to age naturally. Life-long sun protection will help maintain your results.
Although good results are expected, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results and another surgery such as a brow lift may be necessary.
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 best plastic surgeon. Dr. Rod of Dermacare Cosmetic 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) 535-7050.