What You Need to Know Before Eyelid Surgery

People interested in blepharoplasty in Phoenix and Scottsdale often want to improve how the skin looks around their eyes. Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, at my Scottsdale cosmetic surgery center is a great option for achieving a refreshed look in the eye area with minimal scars, little downtime, and impressive results. If you are considering eyelid surgery, here are a few important things to note.

Find out if your surgeon is board-certified.

When it comes to combating nerves about any type of cosmetic surgery, knowledge is power. I recommend researching blepharoplasty and clearly understanding what the procedure entails. It’s also good to learn about the recovery process. Use your surgeon as a resource. He or she is the best person to provide information about your specific situation. Do not hesitate to ask questions or express your concerns. At my practice, I encourage strong communication between patient and surgeon.

Not only is it important to understand the procedure itself, but it is also important to research your surgeon. The first thing you should find out is if your surgeon is certified by any board certifications and society memberships. These important credentials ensure that your surgeon has completed rigorous training, testing, and fieldwork and is properly qualified to perform your procedure. Learning about your doctor’s background and credentials should give you peace of mind before your surgery.

I also suggest checking out your surgeon’s gallery of before and after pictures. These photos can give you a good idea of your potential results.

Eyelid surgery is not meant to be a transformation.

The eyes are a focal point of the face, so it makes sense that patients are often concerned about the skin around them. The eye area can be one of the first places to show signs of aging. Over time, the skin around the eyes loosens, and wrinkles, bags, and dark circles develop. These changes can make people look tired even when they feel well-rested and alert.

Upper and lower eyelid surgery creates a more youthful and rested appearance, without completely changing your face. Blepharoplasty effectively corrects signs of aging and provides natural-looking results. These subtle enhancements are not meant to alter your overall appearance, but rather to create a more refreshed look. If you are looking for more comprehensive facial rejuvenation, combining eyelid surgery with a facelift or brow lift may be a good option.

Recovery is faster in comparison to other facial surgeries.

After blepharoplasty it is not uncommon to experience bruising, mild tenderness, and swelling. However, you can manage these aftereffects by diligently using cold compresses. I recommend that during recovery you keep your head elevated as much as possible to minimize swelling and speed up the healing process. You should not wear makeup or contacts during recovery, as these items can increase risk of irritation and infection. Most patients can return to their normal daily activities within a week or so.

If you want to learn more about eyelid surgery, I invite you to check out our blepharoplasty page for more information.

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