Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery

Both men and women who opt for cosmetic eyelid surgery are most likely doing so out of a desire to turn back the clock and attain a more youthful appearance. The more technical name for this procedure is blepharoplasty. The object of the surgery is to create a more alert and rested expression and to eliminate such unsightly by products of aging as under eye bags, wrinkles under the eye and eyelids that droop too much. For some patients this procedure will be done in conjunction with other cosmetic surgeries such as brow and forehead lifts. If a patient has reasonable expectations, cosmetic eyelid surgery can have satisfactory results when done by a competent plastic surgeon. As the body ages, the appearance of the eyes can change. While many individuals are more than happy to accept such changes, others would prefer to hang on to youthful looks as long as possible, making plastic surgeries pertaining to the face very popular. The skin can begin to sag and fold along the upper eyelids as time passes. For some patients, this can cause visual impairment and require blepharoplasty procedures for medical reasons rather than out of simple vanity. Other problems for older patients may include excess wrinkles under the eyes, fatty deposits that render a puffy appearance to the upper eyelids as well as bags under the eyes.

A physician will evaluate potential patients as to their suitability for cosmetic eyelid surgery. Healthy facial tissue is a must if the procedure is to have a hope of being successful. The doctor will also question the patient as to the motivation behind the decision to pursue blepharoplasty. It is very important that an individual is undergoing this or any type of cosmetic procedure of their own free will and not under pressure from others. The overall health of the patient will also come under scrutiny. Any serious medical conditions would make undergoing elective surgeries of this nature very unwise. Patients who do not smoke also make better candidates for cosmetic eyelid surgery. Other serious eye conditions can also preclude cosmetic corrections. These conditions may include detached retina, glaucoma, or dry eye. Circulatory problems such a diabetes and cardiovascular disease or high blood pressure can also be an issue that would make blepharoplasty more of a risk. Patients with an overactive thyroid or conditions such as Graves' disease will want to reveal such issues to their surgeon before making a decision. In most cases, a patient will meet with a plastic surgeon for an initial consultation. During this consultation issues such as medical conditions, allergies, current medications, previous surgeries, and other pertinent issues will be discussed.

In the days leading up to cosmetic eyelid surgery a patient will most likely be asked to undergo lab testing and a basic medical check up. Any medications that the patient is currently taking may need a temporary alteration in dosage as the procedure approaches. Medications that may increase bleeding such as aspirin or other anti inflammatory drugs should be avoided. If the patient is a smoker, the physician may ask that all smoking ceases before the surgery is scheduled. During cosmetic eyelid surgery there are some basic things that a patient can expect. The type of anesthesia that is required may vary from patient to patient. In some cases, general anesthesia may be called for and in others intravenous sedation may be necessary. Patients who are worried about scaring should know that a skilled surgeon will be able to place the incision in a location that will be well concealed once healing is complete. During a blepharoplasty skin adhesives, surgical tape or absorb able sutures will most likely be used. This will eliminate the need to remove stitches from this sensitive area later on. If the patient has dark circles located on the lower eyelids, a chemical peel may be used to take care of this discoloration. A good deal of swelling and bruising will be evident immediately following surgery but this will subside in time as healing progresses.

A number of risks are associated with cosmetic eyelid surgery. Such risks could include dry eyes, impaired vision, scarring, slow or poor healing of the wound, infection, bleeding, anesthesia risks, blood clots, and difficulty opening and closing the eyes. In some cases, surgical correction of complications may be required. Unfortunately, some patients have suffered a loss of vision in extreme circumstances. A responsible physician will make sure that a patient is fully informed regarding these and other possible complications. The Bible lists a number of important characteristics that believers should strive for. Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering. (Colossians 3:12)

The cost of cosmetic eyelid surgery will vary depending on the physician, the facility and the are of the country where the procedure is taking place. These expenses will generally include the surgeon's fee, the costs that are related to the hospital or medical facility, the cost of anesthesia, medical tests and lab work, and prescription medications. It is never a good idea to select a surgeon on the basis of what the procedure will cost. With so many risks to the overall health of the patient at stake, the competence of both the surgeon and the facility should be high priorities. Before choosing to undergo a procedure like blepharoplasty, it is wise to do thorough research and soul searching to make sure that this step is a wise one.

Eye Lid Surgery

Eye lid surgery is sought by many people who are looking for a rejuvenated facial appearance due to droopy or sagging eyelids. The procedure is done by a plastic surgeon and is usually done on an outpatient basis. Known technically as blepharoplasty, the procedure can make a person who looks chronically tired more bright and alert in appearance. Eye lid surgery can also treat fatty deposits above the lids, bags under the eyes and droopiness of the lower lid as well. While most candidates for an eye lid procedure are women, more and more men are also opting for cosmetic surgery as well.

Surgeons who perform any kind of body reshaping are very aware that patients' expectations must be dealt with early on in this process. Sadly, many patients think that once a procedure is done they will be stunningly beautiful or somehow they will now be noticed more readily. Any plastic surgeon that is credible will help the eye lid surgery candidate know that the motive behind this kind of procedure ought to be just for the patient and not for some desire to look like someone else or try and fulfill someone else's idea of what beautiful should be. Without a doubt, plastic surgery can enhance one's self esteem in many cases. But realistic expectations must be firmly in the patient's mind before hand in order to curb huge disappointments.

Choosing a plastic surgeon might not seem like a big thing, but there are some things to consider before agreeing to any "remodeling" of your body. A plastic surgeon ought to be a member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery which means that he or she has had extra training. Check to see if the physician is also practicing medicine at a hospital nearby; not doing so might raise a red flag. Don't be afraid to ask to look at before and after pictures of other eye lid surgery patients and ask if any have consented to call them for references. And here is a real good point: do you like the doctor personally? If not, keep looking for the doctor that is both personable and skilled.

The initial consultation with the doctor will be filled with you answering a lot of his or her questions. The patient must reveal any eye allergies or conditions that have plagued him in the past. Of course issues such as diabetes or other chronic illnesses must be disclosed. With plastic surgery, you will need to be prepared to tell the doctor why the procdure is desired and one is expecting as a result. Things such as the type of anesthesia will be discussed as well as risk and complications of the eye lid surgery. The risks or complications of any surgery are always there, but with anything having to do with the eye area, there are serious issues to consider. They include scarring, dry eyes, bleeding, infection, blood clots, numbness and even risks with the anesthesia, cardiac complications and loss of eyesight.

On the day of the eye lid surgery, one should remember to have someone accompany you to drive you home after the procedure. Make sure there is ice at home, eye drops, clean washcloths and over the counter pain killers. Some plastic surgeons work at hospitals and other have surgical suites at their offices. But count on probably having local anesthetics injected around the eye if the procedure is done at the office and intravenously if at the hospital. The surgeon will make cuts in various places on the lids removing excess fat skin and muscle and suture will close the incisions. The incision will not be visible after the surgery. A laser may be used to smooth fine lines around the eyes.

There's no doubt will be some bruising, some swelling and general discomfort for the first few days following the eye lid surgery procedure and there is a possibility of double vision, light sensitivity and dry eyes in the first days. The patient will probably be asked to go home and keep his head elevated and the ice, gauze, washcloths and cold compresses will come in quite nicely. Having someone to help change the eye dressings will be mandatory the first few days so make sure and plan ahead. The patient will not be able to watch TV, drink alcohol, use makeup or contact lenses for the first few days after the procedure. And while life will get back to normal in about ten days, the patient will not be able to lift or bend for about three weeks and get those Hollywood shades out-you're going to need them!

Cosmetic surgery is an optional medical procedure. Health insurance companies want a policy holder to be happy with the way he looks now, so most medical policies are reticent to cover anything not really required. That means that the cookie jar, the kid's college fund, the vacation money or some other account or reserve will have to be tapped for eye lid surgery. The average cost of such a procedure is about twenty five hundred dollars. It is difficult not be concerned about how one looks in a society that values the physical appearance, but Jesus had some words to put this all in perspective. He was speaking about what is really important in life when he uttered these words: "For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Mark 8:36, 37)





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