Wouldn't you like to have your youthful look back in the blink of an eye? Your eyes are the focus of your face, they see everything for you and show everything about you. Over the years, as we age, the eyelids start to droop, bags appear under our eyes and this can make us look tired and older. When your eyes look energetic and young, you may be viewed by others to be younger than you actually are as well your eyes can make you look fit, healthy and sexy. Fortunately, at The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland, Dr. Adam Basner can give you those youthful eyes back with a Blepharoplasty.
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that modifies the upper or lower eyelids. While it may seem to be a vanity, cosmetic procedure, such as with the lower eyelids as it removes the bags that time has left behind. Often times thought, it serves a medical purpose as with the upper eyelids. A Blepharoplasty on the upper eyelids remove excess skin that is drooping and affecting one's peripheral vision.
Depending upon your needs and overall health, Dr. Basner may perform a Blepharoplasty by itself with only a local anesthesia or he may suggest combining the procedure with a facelift which will require a general anesthesia. If he suggest that you have either the upper or lower eyelid procedure independently, they will take approximately an hour each and will be on an outpatient basis.
Dr. Basner begin an upper eyelid Blepharoplasty by making an incision along the upper crease, removing excess skin and some fat and then stitch the incision closed. For the lower eyelids Blepharoplasty, Dr. Basner makes an subciliary incision, which is under the eyelashes. Just as with the upper eyelid, excess skin and a little bit of fat are removed. Then the muscles are tightened and the skin is pulled taut and the incision is stitched.
Dr. Basner will prescribe pain medication, however, over-the-counter pain relievers work just as well for some. Every patient may vary, but on the average, stitches are usually removed within a week. Depending on the type of work the patient does, they can return within a week. Any strenuous jobs and activities you are usually recommended to wait 3 to 4 weeks. Again, every patient is different.
Some complications that you may experience is bleeding, blurred vision for a short time, persistent swelling and possible slow to heal. Some patients have experienced white and anyone with a thyroid condition could experience dry eyes. If you have have any of these arise, contact Dr. Basner immediately.
Before you undergo a Blepharoplasty, Dr. Basner will evaluate the cause of your puffy eyelids as well as your overall health. If an allergic reaction is the cause for your eyelid puffiness, a Blepharoplasty is not the solution. Be sure to disclose your complete medical history and medications. Non-smokers recover faster than those who smoke.
During your consultation, Dr. Basner will explain the procedure and what you can expect as results. The difference between your expectations and the actual results should be clearly understood, so if you have any concerns, doubts or concerns, bring them forward and discuss with Dr. Basner.
If you have that tired, droopy look to your eyes and people are mistaking you to be older than you actually are, give us a call at The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland today. You can 't get your youth back in the blink of an eye, but Dr. Basner can give you a younger look with your eyes!