A BEGINNER’S GUIDE INTO BLEPHAROPLASTY
Blepharoplasty is a type of cosmetic surgery whose main aim is to improve the appearance of eyelids. The process involves making incisions on the lower, upper or both eyelids, to remove excess fat, skin or muscles.
This surgery is used to correct defects, deformities, or to counter the effects of the ageing process.
Why go for blepharoplasty?
There are various reasons why individuals opt for eyelid surgery. Some of them include:
- Having sagging skin around the eyelids that creates folds, affecting the natural appearance of the eyelids
- Puffy eyelids
- The presence of eye bags
- Lower eyelids that have drooped
- The presence of excess skin on the lower eyelids.
In such conditions, an individual may seek blepharoplasty to improve their appearance or in situations where the sagging skin is impairing their vision.
Preparing for blepharoplasty
If you are interested in eyelid surgery, there are a couple of things that have to be done before the procedure is scheduled.
First and foremost, you need to have a consultation scheduled with your surgeon. During the meeting, the surgeon will discuss with you the following:
- What you are looking to achieve after the surgery
- If you have any allergies or medical conditions that may interfere with the procedure
- If you previously had or currently have any eye issues
- If you have had any surgeries done in the past
- If you are currently on any medication, vitamins or supplements
- If you use any drugs
After getting to the bottom of these issues, and the doctor certifies that you are a potential candidate for the procedure, he will further evaluate and do the following:
- The general status of your health and other risk factors
- Photos of your eyes will be taken
- You will discuss the available options based on the information gathered
- Recommend the best course of treatment suitable for you
- Discuss the possible outcomes of the blepharoplasty as well as potential risks that may occur
- Discuss the best type of anaesthesia to be used and the possible side effects, if any.
Vetting your surgeon
Blepharoplasty is a blessing to people who want to age gracefully. However, to get the best possible results and to minimize the chances of unnecessary complications, vetting your surgeon is imperative.
Below are a few details you must ask your prospective surgeon in the consultation meetings prior to the surgery.
- Ask them to show proof of their certifications. A legitimate surgeon should be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
- Ask them if they specialize in blepharoplasty
- Ask them about their experience and how many years they have been practising
- Ask them if their practice is credited nationally
- If they have no private practice, get more information on the hospitals they are allowed to perform the procedures
Apart from questions relating to their experience and expertise, you should also inquire about your physical well-being during and after the procedure.
For instance, you could ask:
- Howthe procedure will be performed
- How much time you will be in surgery
- What is expected of you before, during, and after surgery
- How long the recovery process will be.