The blepharoplasty eyelid-lift procedure is not the sexiest of plastic surgery services, but in many cases, it is critical for a patient’s ability to see clearly. When eyelids start sagging, they can impede the vision, making tasks such as reading difficult and things like driving very dangerous. The eyelid-lift is also performed for aesthetic reasons, too, to open up the eyes and give the face a more youthful appearance. Dr. Peterson performs the eyelid-lift for both functional and aesthetic reasons and wants you to know these five things about the procedure.
1. You Should Choose a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon. Why? Because you want an experienced provider when having surgery near your eyes. Dr. Peterson is a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience in eyelid surgery, as well as other facial procedures. Experience, education and training count when you are undergoing any surgery.
2. Eyelid Surgery Is Serious. While eyelid surgery is not on par with open heart surgery, it is still surgery. You should plan to take time off and be prepared to rest at home for five to 10 days. Make plans to have help, and follow all pre- and post-op directions given by Dr. Peterson.
3. Follow Instructions. Did we mention you should follow all instructions given by Dr. Peterson? This includes not wearing makeup or contact lenses after your procedure to minimize the risk of infection. Also, take all medication as prescribed and do not smoke after your surgery.
4. Be Realistic. While eyelid surgery will help to make you look younger, more alert and more refreshed, and restore proper form to your eyelids, it cannot and will not make you look like someone else. The results of the surgery are subtle, and many of your friends and peers may not realize you even had surgery.
5. Healing Takes Time. After your eyelid-lift procedure, your eyes will feel “different.” Many people experience swelling, dryness and light sensitivity after surgery. Mitigate these side effects with cold compresses, sunglasses and eye drops until you feel more comfortable. Remember that healing takes time, so do not rush things.
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