What is Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure used to improve the appearance of your eyelids. This can be done on the upper eyelid, lower eyelid or both.
Surgery is recommended to either improve the appearance of your eyelids or to correct any functional problems with your eyelids.
Eyelid surgery is recommended to treat loose, sagging skin that causes folds or ruins the natural contour of the upper eyelids. It is also used to treat bags under the eyes, drooping lower eyelids, excess skin and wrinkles on the lower eyelids and excess fatty deposits on the lids.
Are you a candidate for eyelid surgery?
As with most elective cosmetic procedures, there are several basic criteria that determine if you’re a good candidate for the eyelid surgery. They include:
- You have drooping upper lids or bags under your eyes
- You enjoy relatively good health without any medical conditions that could jeopardize your healing or present surgical risks.
- You’re a non-smoker (smoking can impair the healing process), and you have realistic expectations on what the surgery can do for you
Cost for eyelid surgery
Costs can vary based on individual patient needs and the amount of surgery required.
The costs involved in this procedure include facility/hospital fees, medical tests, anesthesia fees, Dr. Jimerson’s fee and any medication or post-operative garments that may be required. Our staff will provide you with a detailed cost estimate for your procedure
The Recovery Process
Initial healing will include bruising and swelling, dry eyes, irritation or discomfort with the eyes and possible irritation at the incision site.
Your results will appear slowly as the bruising and swelling decrease. Your eyelid will be smooth, better defined and provide you with a rejuvenated look.
Until your healing process is complete, you should weak dark-tinted sunglasses and use sun protection on your skin.
Eyelid surgery is designed to the incision scars are concealed within the natural folds of the eyelid area. Upper eyelid surgery is done through the natural crease on the eyelid, where fat deposit and excess skin can be removed, and muscles tightened.
The lower eyelid surgery is done through an incision just below the eyelash line, where fat can be repositioned or removed, and excess skin can be tightened or removed.
An alternate technique uses an incision on the inside of the lower eyelid, but using this procedure no skin can be removed.
Incisions are closed with sutures, surgical tape or skin adhesives.
Risks involved in eyelid surgery
As with any surgical procedure, there are some potential risks or complications. You have to determine if the benefits that you’ll obtain from your procedure outweigh the risks involved.
Dr. Jimerson and his trained staff will do everything possible to minimize risks and post-operative complications. Risks may include:
- Anesthesia • Bleeding • Infection • Scarring •Poor wound healing • Dryness to the eyes • Sensitivity to light or the sun • Difficulty closing your eyes • Eye irritation • Lid lag • Outward rolling of the eyelid • Temporary changes in vision • Possible need to revise the surgery • Allergies to tape, sutures, glues, etc.
It’s important to discuss any concerns you have with Dr. Jimerson prior to your surgery. If you have a question – please ask!
Meeting with Dr. Jimerson
He will discuss you specific goals, take a medical history and review your current medications. Photos are usually taken, both before and after the surgery.
You will also be able to learn what options are available to you, along with the risks and possible complications of the procedure.
Questions to ask Dr. Jimerson
Here are some questions to consider:
– What surgical technique is recommended?
– How long will the recovery period be for my surgery?
– What risks are associated with my surgery?
– What type of complications can happen?
– When will I be able to see the results of my surgery?
– Do you think that I’m a good candidate for this procedure?
Bes sure to ask any other questions you have about Dr. Jimerson, the procedure or anything else that concerns you about your surgery.
Eyelid surgery preparation
If you smoke, you must stop several weeks prior the surgery, as it can severely impeded the healing process.
Finally, you should arrange to have someone available to drive you home after your surgery, and to be with you for the first night.
You should use sun protection at all times to help keep your renewed appearance. As swelling reduces, you will see a smoother, better defined eyelid with a more youthful appearance.
Be sure to follow Dr. Jimerson’s instruction following your procedure to obtain optimal results.
Why use Dr. Jimerson and the Advanced Plastic Surgery Solutions team?
The team is committed to meet your unique needs, with a natural, long-lasting look. Because of his expertise, Dr. Jimerson offers patients reduced operative times, which means faster recovery times. In addition, he strives to use techniques that are safer than traditional procedures.
Schedule your appointment
The best way to determine if eyelid surgery is right for you is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jimerson. The doctor will discuss the procedure, evaluate your concerns relating to your body and answer any questions you may have. To schedule your appointment click here.