Eyes are an important focal point of the face. Unfortunately, aging and gravity often make the eye area appear tired, dull and laced with fine lines and wrinkles. As a result, the whole face might appear older and less energetic. As a highly skilled Miami plastic surgeon, Dr. Perez-Gurri can correct these aesthetic imperfections by performing eyelid surgery. Although this procedure affects only the eye area, it can dramatically alter the appearance of the whole face. After eyelid surgery in Miami, most patients look rejuvenated, more rested and more energetic. If you would like to learn how you can enhance your appearance through blepharoplasty, please explore the paragraphs below.
Eyelid Lift in Miami: The Procedure
A blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) can be performed under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. The procedure is performed as an outpatient allowing you to go home afterwards. Various techniques exist for performing a blepharoplasty. However, in most cases an upper lid incision will be made in the normal fold that is created when you have your lids open. It is strategically placed in an area where it will be camouflaged. The upper lid contains two fat pockets whereas the lower lid contains three fat pockets. This incision allows the excess amount of skin and fat to be removed from the upper lid. Next, an incision is made in the lower lid just below the eyelash line. Again, this allows for the removal of excess skin and fat.
In special cases (usually younger Miami eyelid surgery patients with no redundant skin) the incision is made in the inner part of the lower eyelid. Any additional procedures will be performed after the incisions are made, such as removing excess fatty tissue or tightening the eyelid skin. Ice compresses are then applied and the patient is taken to the recovery room.
After Your Eyelid Lift Surgery
The eyelid surgery procedure is considered refreshing, rejuvenating and enhancing in nature. It is not meant to completely stop the process of aging. Nor is it meant to totally change someone’s looks. We have found that one of the key factors in achieving patient satisfaction is realistic patient expectations. Because the results of plastic surgery cannot be guaranteed, no specific guarantees are given in writing regarding how young you will look after your eyelid surgery. The goal of this surgical procedure is to make you look more rested, refreshed and rejuvenated. A suggestion will be made by Dr. Perez-Gurri based on his professional experience as to the procedure(s) best suited to achieve your aesthetic goals. He will also describe how you might look after the procedure and show you before and after photos of former Miami blepharoplasty patients in order to create realistic expectations.
There seems to be an inverse relationship with expectation and satisfaction. That is, the higher the expectation, the lower the satisfaction. Body image is unique and what the patient frequently sees may not be what is seen by the surgeon. Therefore, it is important that you become keenly aware of your expectations for the procedure, know its limitations and fully discuss any concerns that you may have regarding the procedure with Dr. Perez-Gurri. We encourage questions and have allowed ample time to answer them personally or with our literature and videotapes. Please realize that the results obtained through a blepharoplasty are not permanent. Gravity continues to have an effect on the tissues and the aging process and laxity of tissues continue at the same rate as before. Every patient is different and will have a unique experience.
EYELID LIFT SURGERY – OTHER QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BLEPHAROPLASTY PROCEDURE
Does smoking affect my results?
Yes. Multiple studies have been done that show that smoking has an adverse effect on tissues and often times will delay healing. We ask that you stop smoking for 2-3 weeks prior to your surgery. Although this will not prevent all complications of healing, it will more probably than not improve pulmonary function.
How long does the procedure take to perform?
It will vary depending on how many procedures are performed in conjunction with the blepharoplasty. On average if a bilateral upper and lower lid Blepharoplasty is performed it will take approximately 2 hours.
Are my results from eyelid surgery permanent?
No. The normal processes of aging & gravity that cause continued laxity of the tissues eventually lead the tissues to sag again. There is no sure way of predicting how long this process takes in any particular individual. On average, upper lid results may last 7-10 years. While lower lid results may last 15-20 years.
Will I be very swollen and bruised?
Probably. Every patient will be different. However, most patients will experience significant swelling and moderate bruising following their surgery. Do not be frightened. Swelling usually reaches its peak during the first 48 hours.
What about my droopy eyes on the side (or laterally)?
This appearance is frequently influenced by the degree of brow ptosis (pronounced TOSIS) that the patient may have. In other words, if the patient has a saggy forehead this condition will influence the appearance. A forehead lift or brow lift may be suggested. Although it can be done in conjunction with an upper lid blepharoplasty. Our recommendation is to do it as a staged procedure.
Schedule Your Eyelid Surgery Procedure Today
If you have been thinking about rejuvenating your facial appearance, schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Perez-Gurri and ask about eyelid surgery. He will thoroughly evaluate your facial skin and bone structure, ask questions about your medical history, and recommend the most appropriate surgical procedure and technique. Dr. Perez-Gurri will also answer any questions you might have. His goal is to help you make confident decisions about your surgical treatments, and to feel completely prepared and relaxed on the day of your surgery.
To schedule your appointment with Dr. Perez-Gurri and find out whether you are an eyelid surgery Miami patient, please call his offices at 305-596-2228 or email him at [email protected].
In addition to eyelid lift surgery, Dr. Perez-Gurri offers several other rejuvenating treatments for the face. In fact, he is regarded as an exceptionally skilled Miami facelift surgeon. Dr. Perez-Gurri also offers facial sculpting procedures for men and women who would like to change the proportions of their facial features. Some of the facial sculpting treatments patients request more often include rhinoplasty and chin augmentation in Miami. In addition, Dr. Perez-Gurri offers ear surgery for individuals who feel self-conscious because of their ear appearance.