Most patients seek eyelid surgery for cosmetic reasons. The drooping of the eyelid can make a person look more tired and older than they are. Eyelid surgery is a tactic that helps wake up the eyes, creating a long-term refreshed look. Most people walk away from surgery with a new sense of confidence, benefitting many other aspects of one’s life. For others, the reasons for surgery are more medical. In older patients, it is typical for the eyelid to sag so much that it starts to impair vision and daily life. The procedure is a quick solution, with long-term benefits and perfect for those hoping to fix their droopy eyelids with plastic surgery in New York.
What is Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery, referred to as a blepharoplasty, is a long-term solution to those with droopy skin and fat pockets around the eyes. Fat pockets that generally sit behind the eye gradually move forward as you get older. Skin loses its elasticity and becomes distorted. Some of the population will even experience extra skin and fat deposits around the eye due to genetics. A blepharoplasty can include removal of eyelid skin and/or fat.
If you catch hooding at an earlier age, your options for repair include less invasive methods, such as botox. Although it is not a permanent fix, it can help to elevate the lid and slow down the hooding process.
Anyone who is looking to correct droopy or hooded eyes is a potential candidate for a blepharoplasty and plastic surgery in New York. The best candidates are healthy, non-smokers who understand the process and have realistic expectations.
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Dr. Maman will discuss your goals, questions, and procedure in great detail during your consultation and preoperative appointments. He will conduct a physical examination during your initial visit and will address your medical and surgical history to have a comprehensive understanding of your needs. Dr. Maman will discuss with you your treatment plan, thoroughly exploring all your options, and help you identify realistic and reasonable goals.
Eyelid surgery is relatively straightforward, but it does require small incisions that allow for the removal of unwanted fat and correct any sagging skin. These incisions are usually minuscule and result in strategically placed, invisible scarring. Dr. Maman will hide incisions along the natural curves of the eye, such as in the crease or along the lash lines.
In most cases, patients are placed under light anesthesia and do not feel any pain during the procedure. Dr. Maman will make the necessary incisions, then remove any fat deposits and extra skin. The skin will be smoothed and sutured in place. The procedure itself will only take around an hour with a quick recovery period. Most patients find themselves able to return to at-home daily routines within a few days.
Results and Recovery
You will notice results immediately after the surgery, although there will be expected slight redness, bruising, and swelling. Dr. Maman will wrap your eyes with loose bandages and inform you about at-home care, which will most likely include a mix of ointments, compresses, icing, and optional pain medication. Scarring will naturally occur, but will be hidden and likely diminish as times goes on. Any scars will be managed following Dr. Maman’s post-procedure protocol.
Dr. Maman will work with you to ensure a successful recovery period with follow up appointments as needed. Although many people find themselves able to return to a relatively normal schedule within several days, full recovery can take four to six weeks with some patients.
During your recovery time, especially if you go outside, you must protect your eyes from sun exposure. It is also important to watch for signs of infection and follow up as recommended.
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