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Why Should I Get a Blepharoplasty?

Posted October 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

As the “windows to the soul,” the eyes are often on the first thing someone notices about another person. The eyes can tell a lot about someone, and with stress, heredity and age, they can sometimes be sending people the wrong message.

Over time the skin around the eyes begins to sag and fatty pouches can appear leaving a person looking worn, tired, and less energetic. In some cases, this excess skin and bulge can add years, making a person appear much older than he/she actually is.

The problem with excess skin is that no matter how much sleep someone gets or how many anti-aging creams and serums used, the excess skin won’t go away. Fortunately blepharoplasty, more commonly called eyelid surgery, can alleviate these issues.

Each year over a million people worldwide go under the knife to receive this revolutionary procedure, offering one of the only true fixes to bulging, baggy eyes. According the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in 2011 blepharoplasty, was the third most popular procedure in the world.

The results possible with eyelid surgery are often dramatic and astonishing. Many patients come out of the surgery looking younger and more refreshed. And though blepharoplasty is considered a permanent fix to sagging excess skin and bulging around the eyes, it is subject to aging, which over time can diminish the results.

The procedure has the reputation of being very safe and effective. Some surgeons perform it under general anesthesia, though it only requires local anesthesia. It is fairly quick, taking only an hour or two, depending on the extent of the case. The incisions made by the surgeon during the procedure are easily hidden in the natural creases of the eyes. The procedure can also be performed endoscopically, though not all surgeons are qualified to do so. Patients desiring this type of blepharoplasty should do their research.

Eyelid surgery generally carries very few risks and complications with the most common being swelling, pain and unfavorable scarring. Blepharoplasty is fairly easy to recover from, with the majority of swelling and bruising subsiding after two weeks. As with any cosmetic procedure, the most satisfying results occur when a patient fully understands and is realistic about the desired results.

For many, blepharoplasty is a procedure that restores confidence and self-esteem. Often patients erase years from their look, giving back their youthful, energetic complexion. This improves self confidence, leaving satisfied patients feeling better about themselves.

Thomas S. Taylor, MD, FACS

The Aesthetic Society American Society of Plastic Surgery Fellow American College of Surgeons American Board of Plastic Surgery ABMS MOC American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery

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