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Anti-Ageing Options With Eyelid Surgery
There are many cosmetic procedures that could make the face look younger. Eyelid surgery has become one of the most popular procedures for both men and women looking for an anti-ageing treatment.
Which Problems Were Corrected With Eyelid Surgery In This Case Study?
This patient has struggled with a common problem called tired eyes, caused by excess skin on the upper eyelid and heaviness of the lower eyelid. Unfortunately, these are cosmetic problems that can only be corrected with cosmetic surgery.
Dr Lanzer decided the best way to fix this problem was to undergo lower blepharoplasty as well as have an additional treatment with an Erbium laser. This combination of treatments does not just remove the excess skin and tissue from the eyes but also tighten and smoothen the skin.
The appearance of the eyes after both the lower lid blepharoplasty procedure and treatment with the Erbium laser has resulted in a smoother appearance and a reduction of creases underneath the eyes.
Photos in our before and after sections are often photos from one week after eyelid surgery; this is usually the timeframe where patients attend their follow appointment with Dr Lanzer. While some photos can be obtained at a later time, the photos from one week after eyelid surgery provide patients with better insight into how dramatic the results can be after only one week. The photos from one week after eyelid surgery also give you an indication of your recovery time.
Please note that even though most patients in the photos from one week after eyelid surgery look almost recovered, it is important to remember that each patient is unique where the healing process is concerned. Therefore, the recovery speed displayed in the photos from one week after eyelid surgery are not necessarily what you should expect.
What Is Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?
Blepharoplasty is the general term used to describe all cosmetic surgery procedures pertaining to the eyelid. Blepharoplasty can be used to correct various defects, but also deformities and disfigurations that can happen in the eye area. The treatment can also cause visible changes to the appearance of the eye region aesthetically speaking.
During blepharoplasty, the surgeon may remove or reposition excess tissue. Excess tissue can appear in the form of skin and adipocyte fat, depending on its location. During eyelid surgery, the surgeon can also choose to strengthen important muscles and tendons, significantly improving the appearance and even function of the eye region (for example range of vision).
Blepharoplasty was first introduced to the medical world in 1998. After evaluation of the treatment during a medical trial, blepharoplasty became a standard in cosmetic surgery around the globe. Contrary to traditional eyelid surgery techniques, blepharoplasty is also more suitable for patients with darker skin tones, given the fact that the incision made during other outdated procedures left a visible white scar; whereas blepharoplasty allows the cutting and removal of lower eyelid tissue without leaving any scars.
How Long Does Blepharoplasty Take?
The average blepharoplasty procedure can take anywhere between 1 to 3 hours, depending on the overall scope of the treatment and if any additional treatments are added to the treatment plan. Patients can expect common post-surgery side-effects after the procedure, which may include bruising and swelling. This swelling and bruising usually dissipates within 1 to 2 weeks. Please note that side-effects can also be subject to how much skin was removed during the procedure. To remove excess skin, the surgeon could implement a certain technique that could increase recovery time.
Is Blepharoplasty Executed With A Laser?
Blepharoplasty can be executed with both scalpel and laser. When blepharoplasty is executed with a laser, the surgeon may combine blepharoplasty with laser eyelid rejuvenation. Laser eyelid rejuvenation and blepharoplasty can be executed at the same time, subsequently giving the patient a more noticeable result.
Why Is An Erbium Laser Used During Eyelid Surgery?
With the help of an Erbium laser, the cosmetic surgeon is able to remove the outermost layer of the skin. By removing this outer layer, a smoother and more youthful appearance is achieved. The Erbium laser will activate collagen in the skin, subsequently ensuring that the skin become tighter and looks younger afterwards.
How Long Does An Erbium Laser Treatment Take?
Eyelid rejuvenation with an Erbium laser can be performed under local anaesthetic on an outpatient basis. The duration of the treatment itself will depend on the size of the area being treated and the additional procedures that are being executed in conjunction with Erbium laser treatment.
Could I Benefit From Eyelid Surgery?
There can be many reasons why patients choose eyelid surgery as a facial rejuvenation treatment. The majority of the reasons can be found on an emotional level, such as improving your self-esteem and self-confidence. However, there can be physical reasons to choose eyelid surgery.
Often patients who suffer with a restricted field of vision due to problems such as bags under their eyes or an accumulation of skin on the upper eyelid, elect to undergo eyelid surgery. Before you decide to go ahead with eyelid surgery, it is recommended to book a consult with Dr Lanzer. During your first appointment, Dr Lanzer can evaluate any problems you have and recommend any treatment options available.
How Long Is The Recovery Time Post-Blepharoplasty?
In general, patients will need two weeks to recover from their procedure. During the recovery process, patients may experience some swelling and bruising around the eyelids; this bruising and swelling will subside within two weeks after the procedure.
Even though most people can get back to work quite quickly, it is recommended to take a small amount of time off work after eyelid surgery. Most people will feel a lot better one week after the procedure, but once again this varies. Strenuous activity should be avoided for at least two weeks after the procedure. Those who have general anaesthesia must be monitored closely for a period of 48 hours, but the procedure can still be executed on an outpatient basis.
Patients who smoke should quit before they have their procedure done. Smoking increases the chance of infection and can slow down the recovery process in general, so avoid smoking as much as possible.
Smoking after you have recovered from your surgical procedure is not recommended either. Smoking can cause skin to age prematurely. To obtain the most benefit from any procedure, it is recommended to stop smoking completely.
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Surgical Warning: Every form of surgery has a possibility of a complication and these are given to you in detail by Dr Lanzer. It is a good idea to understand your surgical procedure well, and to obtain further advice from another Specialist Cosmetic surgeon such as a Dermatologist like Dr Lanzer.
"All photographs represent one person's experience, and results may vary for each patient. All photographs are of actual patients of Dr Lanzer. The visible change in these photographs has occurred as a result of the procedure/s undertaken.
Some before and after photos shown are not exact, in that they vary in light, contrast, clothing, background, distance from camera, hairstyle and make-up."