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Discover the Rejuvenating Effect of Blepharoplasty Procedure with Laser Resurfacing
Bags under the eyes can make your general appearance look a lot older. While it may be possible to tackle puffiness and bags under the eyes with good skincare products when you are younger, treating bags under the eyes becomes a lot more difficult when you have passed a certain age.
What Problems Did the Patient in This Case Study Face?
The patient in this case study was struggling with heavy bagging of the lower eyelids. The patient also had puffiness on the upper eyelids, which made the eyelids saggier. There was also a dark crease on the lower bags, which made the skin appear older and affected the complexion of the patient in a negative way. Considering the problems this patient was encountering, upper and low blepharoplasty was advised.
How Did Laser Resurfacing Fix the Skin Problems of the Patient in This Case Study?
To fix the skin problems this patient was facing, Dr Lanzer executed a blepharoplasty on the upper and lower eyelids. The blepharoplasty made the patient’s eyes appear more open, wider and brighter. Instead of puffy upper eyelids, the patient now has a natural crease in the upper eyelid. The dark circles underneath the eyes have also decreased and the skin has a more natural appearance in general.
How Can Blepharoplasty Procedure Correct the Skin?
Blepharoplasty is a term used to describe the surgical repair or reconstruction of an eyelid; this may include procedures such as laser resurfacing. However, the main goal of blepharoplasty is the removal of skin or fat from the eyelids. Fat can also be added to the eyelid to restore some of the volume that has been lost due to ageing.
Patients usually take advantage of blepharoplasty procedure when they have excess skin and fat on the upper eyelid; this may cause an aged appearance, puffiness, and in extreme cases, obstructed vision. Blepharoplasty of the upper eyelid is usually executed by the removal of skin and fat, which leads to improved vision.
Blepharoplasty can also be implemented for double eyelid surgery. Double eyelid surgery is used to create a crease in the upper eyelid, which could be missing due to a large amount of excess skin and fat on the upper eyelid.
Lower blepharoplasty is also a popular procedure nowadays. It is used to remove excess skin, to reduce the amount of wrinkles and improve the aesthetics of the lower eyelid. When the patient has droopy and saggy eyes, the cosmetic surgeon may need to tighten the eyelid as well to correct the problem. However, if the patient has a hollow appearance underneath the eyes, the surgeon may need to add fat to correct the problem.
Could I Be Eligible for Blepharoplasty?
Many patients could be eligible for blepharoplasty procedure. The majority of patients taking advantage of blepharoplasty procedure have wrinkles around the eyes, excess skin and puffiness on the upper eyelids or dark circles underneath the eyes.
Before you take advantage of a blepharoplasty, it is important to have realistic expectations. Every person is unique, so the results you obtain from blepharoplasty will be unique as well. Patients can discuss expected results with Dr Lanzer before the procedure takes place, so patients will always know what they can obtain from their cosmetic procedure.
How Do You Prepare for a Blepharoplasty?
When you intend to have a blepharoplasty procedure, Dr Lanzer will first look at your medical history. Going over your medical history includes asking you questions about any current conditions you may suffer from, including dry eyes, glaucoma, allergies, problems with blood circulation and diabetes. Dr Lanzer will also inform about any medications you currently take; this to ensure that your medications will not cause a negative reaction during or after the procedure.
Before the procedure, Dr Lanzer will also discuss your expectations. You may have a certain image of how the results will look like and you may even have a certain motivation to have the procedure done. By discussing your expectations with you, Dr Lanzer can make sure that the procedure is suitable for you.
Dr Lanzer will also execute a physical examination and vision examination before the procedure takes place. Photographs of the eyes will also be taken. These photos will help to plan the procedure and be a tool to show the long-term effects of blepharoplasty. Photographs taken before and after the procedure may also be used to support an insurance claim, in case you have coverage for cosmetic procedures incorporated in your health insurance plan.
What Is the Recovery Time for Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty procedures are usually accompanied by a relatively short recovery time. The patient may experience some minor bruising, which reaches its peak 24 hours after the procedure. However, bruising starts to dissipate within a day after the procedure, so the patient will not experience a dramatic impact from the procedure.
To speed up the recovery process after blepharoplasty, it is recommended to use cool compresses on the treated area. The use of cool compresses can reduce bruising and swelling of the treated area and make the patient more comfortable in general. It is also recommended to do some minor exercise such as walking, but strenuous activities are to be avoided.
The majority of patients can return to work within 7 days after the blepharoplasty procedure. There may be some slight swelling and bruising up to 2 weeks after the procedure, so it might be recommended to take 2 weeks off work, so you can return to work with full confidence.
What Are the Risks of Blepharoplasty?
All cosmetic surgery procedures are accompanied with a certain number of risks. However, cosmetic procedures nowadays are a lot less risky than they used to be, mainly because of the fact that surgery techniques and treatment methods have changed considerably over the last twenty years. If you are concerned about the risks involved, be sure to discuss your concerns with Dr Lanzer.
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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."