Do you look in the mirror and wonder why you look so tired?
Are you starting to notice that your lids are drooping with excess skin and under your eyes there is a puffiness that never seems to go away, even after a good night’s rest? It may be time for you to consider blepharoplasty, often referred to as an eyelift.
The eyes are often the first area of the face to show signs of aging and therefore eyelid surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgeries at Premier Image.
Excess skin around the eyes and fat accumulation under the eyes can occur as early as the mid-thirties. Wrinkling and loss of skin elasticity are also common. Patients who show signs of aging around their eyes may appear tired or angry when they actually are not. A blepharoplasty is a facial plastic surgery procedure used to rejuvenate the entire area around the eyes. It is one of the most popular and commonly performed facial plastic surgery procedures because it gives patients great results in a short period of time.
Dr. DeJoseph performs a blepharoplasty as an outpatient surgical procedure. Local anesthesia is administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist to ensure the patient is relaxed, comfortable, and can feel no pain throughout the entire procedure. The steps used to perform the procedure are the following:
- Incision(s). The three areas where Dr. DeJoseph places incisions include the natural crease in the upper eyelid, the lash line in the lower eyelid, and the inside of the lower eyelid. Incision location depends on the patient’s condition.
- Eyelid lift. Excess skin is removed, fat deposits are removed or repositioned, and the eyelid muscles are gently tightened.
- Closure. Special sutures or skin adhesives are used to carefully close the incisions. Dr. DeJoseph takes great care to make sure incisions are meticulously closed so noticeable scar will not form after surgery.
A small bandage may be placed over the eye area for protection. Total procedure time depends on the complexity of the surgery. On average, Dr. DeJoseph performs blepharoplasties in thirty to sixty minutes. After the procedure, the patient is brought to the postoperative recovery room and taken care of by anesthesia staff members, including physicians and nurses.
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
Patients are allowed to be driven home by a family member or friend after the effects of local anesthesia and surgical medications wear off the patient is alert, awake, and comfortable. Dr. DeJoseph recommends that someone stay with the patient the night of and day after their surgery. One of the things that makes a blepharoplasty such a great procedure is that the recovery time is very short. Many patients fully recover from surgery in as little as three to five days. Very little to no pain is associated with recovery. If swelling and/or bruising present, they are easily managed using ice and go away in a short period of time. Suture removal typically occurs about three to four days after surgery at the first postoperative appointment with Dr. DeJoseph. Instructions regarding returning to work and normal activities are also given at this time.
Blepharoplasty restores a youthful and refreshed appearance to the eyes. Surgical results are permanent if the patient follows Dr. DeJoseph’s postoperative instructions. The most common results after surgery include the following:
- Elimination of wrinkling and puffiness around the eyes
- Elimination of eyelid bags and eyelid droopiness
- Opening of the eyes for a more awake, alert, and beautiful appearance
Because humans focus on the eyes when talking to one another, the results of a blepharoplasty are very well received by others. People can tell that the patient looks better, but they do not know exactly why. This type of fantastic result is what makes Dr. DeJoseph one of the nations leading blepharoplasty specialists.
Men and women who are unhappy with the appearance of their eyelids and/or the area around their eyes may be candidates for a blepharoplasty procedure with Dr. DeJoseph. The most common reasons patients consider a blepharoplasty are eyelid drooping, puffiness, and excess skin. The procedure is usually performed on healthy non-smoking patients who have realistic goals and a positive mindset.
A thorough initial consultation with Dr. DeJospeh is an important part of the blepharoplasty process. The consultation consists of the following:
- A medical history review. A detailed medical history review is taken to learn about the patient’s health and eyelid condition.
- A physical examination. A physical examination of the eyelids, eye area, and face is performed. Pictures are taken for comparison purposes.
- A discussion. An in-depth discussion regarding surgical goals and desired results.
A customized treatment plan is created to give the patient maximum results. After Dr. DeJoseph explains the treatment plan to the patient, a question and answer session is held. Dr. DeJoseph carefully listens to questions and concerns so he can properly answer and address them. Patients are always completely relaxed, comfortable, and informed when making their treatment decision.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Are their ways to maximize my blepharoplasty results?
Patients can easily maximize their blepharoplasty results by following the postoperative instructions given to them by Dr. DeJoseph. Controlling postsurgical swelling and bruising by keeping the head upright and using ice packs is important. Sunscreen and sunglasses should be worn when patients are exposed to intense sunlight. Tanning beds should be avoided for a brief period of time.
Will I have a noticeable scar after my procedure?
Patients should not be worried about having a noticeable scar after their procedure. Because Dr. DeJoseph strategically makes incisions along natural skin folds and creases, scarring is essentially unnoticeable.
Why is blepharoplasty such a popular procedure?
A blepharoplasty can make patients look younger and more energetic and attractive. It can also improve self-confidence. Because the tissue around the eyes heals very quickly, there is minimal downtime associated with the procedure. The combination of these factors makes blepharoplasty one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures available. Dr. DeJoseph describes a blepharoplasty as a surgical procedure that has an incredible value.
What is the normal age to have a blepharoplasty?
Most patients began to see visible signs of facial aging around the age of thirty-five; however, hereditary factors may cause signs of aging to appear earlier or later in life. Patients who notice visible signs of aging that they would like to improve are encouraged to arrange an initial consultation with Dr. DeJoseph to determine if a blepharoplasty is the right treatment option for their condition.
Can I combine my blepharoplasty with another facial plastic surgery procedure?
A blepharoplasty can be combined with another facial plastic surgery procedure. Patients who have combined procedures typically do so to completely rejuvenate their face. A browlift is a surgical procedure that is commonly combined with a blepharoplasty. Patients who are interested in a combined procedure will have all of their questions answered at their initial consultation with Dr. DeJoseph.
Are there risks associated with a blepharoplasty procedure?
There are risks associated with all surgical procedures, including blepharoplasty. At your initial consultation, Dr. DeJoseph will explain the measures he takes to minimize all surgical risks. Nearly all of Dr. DeJoseph’s patients find that the potential benefits of a blepharoplasty outweigh the risks associated with the procedure.
Will my face continue to age after my procedure?
A blepharoplasty is performed to improve visible signs of aging. The normal aging process will still occur after surgery; however, their effects will be far less dramatic. A healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity will help patients slow down aging processes. Applying sunscreen to the area around the eyes will protect the skin and prevent wrinkling. Finding ways to properly deal with stress will ensure the face is always refreshed and relaxed.
Is it important to have my blepharoplasty performed by a specialist?
Patients who get the best results are those that have their blepharoplasty performed by a specialist. The education, skills, and experience of a specialist like Dr. DeJoseph are used to provide patients with customized treatment plans that produce incredible results.
Do I have to stop smoking to have a blepharoplasty?
Smoking increases the risk of infection and can negatively affect results. Patients will be asked to stop smoking before and after their procedure.
How do I know if a blepharoplasty is right for me?
The definitive way to determine if blepharoplasty is right for you is to attend an initial consultation with Dr. DeJoseph.
Does Dr. DeJoseph have blepharoplasty before and after photos that he can show me?
Dr. DeJoseph has a large collection of blepharoplasty before and after photos that he shows all of his patients. He carefully selects photos of patients who have similar conditions to the patient he is treating. This gives patients a clear picture of what their results will look like. Before and after photos are a great resource that helps many patients easily make their treatment decision.
What should I do to prepare for my initial consultation with Dr. DeJoseph?
To get the most out of your initial consultation with Dr. DeJoseph, you should think about your surgical goals and desired outcome and be prepared to discuss the following:
- Medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements you are currently taking
- Previous surgeries you have had
- A list of questions and concerns
Your initial consultation with Dr. DeJoseph will be a thorough one. A detailed and patient-focused approach is necessary for maximum results.
How do I arrange my initial consultation with Dr. DeJoseph?
To arrange your initial breast augmentation consultation with Dr. DeJoseph, you can contact his office in Atlanta, GA at (770) 457-6303 or (888) 455-FACE.