What is Blepharoplasty?
The skin on the face, particularly around the eyes, is some of the most sensitive skin on the body. It is very prone to signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines, puffiness, and sagging. Many individuals who experienced these problems are unhappy with their appearance and may look tired, even when they are well-rested.
Eyelid surgery is a delicate procedure, which targets this particularly sensitive area, helping patients obtain a revitalized, well-rested, youthful appearance. If facial wrinkles or sagginess under the eyes is affecting how you feel about your appearance, Scottsdale plastic surgeon Dr. Berardi can help.
Read through the paragraphs below to learn more about eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty.
How is a Blepharoplasty Performed?
Eyelid surgery is a procedure that can be performed on the upper and lower eyelids to eliminate under-eye bags, sagging skin, and puffiness. This procedure involves the removal of skin and excess fat for a rejuvenating final result.
During lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Berardi will make an inconspicuous incision along your lash line, through which he will remove any excess tissue. During upper eyelid surgery, the incision is made within the upper crease of the eye. This procedure can be performed under local anesthesia or general anesthetic and can last anywhere from one to two hours, depending on the extent of the changes needed.
Am I A Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery patients are typically individuals who are in their mid-30s or older and are experiencing visible signs of aging such as wrinkles and sagging skin around the eyes. If you suffer from glaucoma or dry eye syndrome, blepharoplasty may not be for you as the procedure sometimes results in dryer eye conditions.
You should also be in good general health and have realistic expectations regarding the outcome of the surgery.
During your pre-surgery consultation, Dr. Berardi will perform a thorough evaluation to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure; he may also make recommendations for other cosmetic treatments such as Botox or other dermal fillers.
Can Blepharoplasty Be Combined With Other Procedures?
Some Scottsdale patients choose to undergo blepharoplasty at the same time as other cosmetic procedures such as rhinoplasty, facelift or brow lift. Having these procedures performed simultaneously will offer a complete facial rejuvenation with just one recovery period.
Recovery After Blepharoplasty
The eyelid surgery recovery process will vary based on the extent of the procedure, as well as if other procedures are performed at the same time.
Post-Operation Instructions & Returning To Normal Activities
The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, meaning you will be able to go home on the same day as your surgery. Your eyes will be swollen, so you will need someone to drive you home afterward. Dr. Berardi will provide you with prescriptions to control any mild discomfort as well as eye drops to keep the eyes lubricated in the weeks after surgery.
He will also provide you with a list of thorough post-operative instructions which include avoiding makeup, rubbing the eyes and the use of contact lenses.
Most patients are able to return to normal activities within 10 days. Should any questions or concerns arise during your recovery period, Dr. Berardi and his staff are always available to address them.
Once the recovery period is over, you will find that you look more youthful and alert as under-eye bags and wrinkles are no longer visible.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Dr. Berardi is one of the best plastic surgeons in Phoenix and Scottsdale. He takes pride in helping all of his patients look just as young as they feel. Through eyelid surgery, Dr. Berardi has helped many patients reinvigorate their appearance.
If you are interested in learning more about what eyelid surgery can do for you, please contact Berardi Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery online or give us a call at 480.397.0711 to schedule a comprehensive consultation today.