Blepharoplasty Fort Worth
Your eyes are oftentimes among the first feature someone notices about you when you interact with them. But when the signs of aging begin to show in your face, the eyes tend to develop saggy skin that gives you a droopy and sad appearance. At New Leaf Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we understand how important it is for you to look and feel great in your own skin. That’s why we perform blepharoplasty to help rejuvenate the eyes and assist you in reclaiming your youthful look.
What is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty, also known as an eyelid lift, is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and rejuvenate the upper or lower eyelids. Underlying fatty tissue that produces bagginess can be selectively removed or repositioned. Blepharoplasty can improve drooping skin and bagginess. It can help improve vision in some patients who have hooding of their upper eyelids causing obstruction of their peripheral vision.
Blepharoplasty will not remove “crow’s feet” or other wrinkles, eliminate dark circles under the eyes, or lift sagging eyebrows. If your brows are droopy, you may need a brow lift in addition to a blepharoplasty. As you age, you may have changes or laxity to the eyelids that may require tightening of the eyelids as well. Everyone’s eyes are different. Dr. Lovelace will do a personal consultation and tailor a surgery specifically to your individual needs.
How Much Does Rhinoplasty Cost?
A price quote detailing the fees for the facility, anesthesia, and surgeon will be given at the consultation if this is a cosmetic procedure. Prices will vary depending on the time that is needed to do the procedure and the complexity of the procedure. Sometimes we can get approval from your insurance company for this procedure. Dr. Lovelace will perform a personal consultation to determine what the right procedure is for you and if it is something that your insurance may cover.
The Blepharoplasty Procedure
The procedure takes about 1 to 3 hours and is usually performed on an outpatient basis, meaning you will most likely go home the same day. Dr. Lovelace will determine if an overnight stay in the hospital is necessary. At times this procedure can be done in the procedure room at our office. You can expect mild to moderate discomfort, but we will administer local anesthesia to help you feel more comfortable.
Recovery After Blepharoplasty
You may resume reading 2-3 days after surgery. Sutures are normally removed 5-6 days after surgery. Most patients return to work in 3-7 days. You will likely have two black eyes for at least 2 weeks after this procedure. No eye makeup can be worn for 2 weeks. You are expected to start walking immediately after surgery to help reduce the risk of blood clots.
If you are dizzy, make sure you have someone walk with you. Most patients return to non-strenuous work in 7-10 days following surgery. Strenuous activities and alcohol consumption can be resumed approximately 3 weeks after surgery. Swelling, bruising, and soreness could take up to several weeks to dissipate.
Medications to Avoid if You’re Considering Blepharoplasty
You should not take any blood thinners or anti-inflammatory medications for a week before your procedure, and you should hold all over the counter supplements a week before surgery. This will help reduce the risk of bleeding intraoperatively and help reduce the risk of postoperative hematoma (collection of blood). If blood thinners are prescribed for you by your cardiologist or primary care physician, you should get clearance from them to hold these medications before they are discontinued.
You should hold all hormones 6 weeks before surgery. Birth control pills should be held 6 weeks before surgery as well. Of course, you should make sure to use alternative forms of birth control during and after this time. Hormones and birth control pills put you at a higher risk of blood clots. These clots can go to your lungs and cause serious illness or even death. We call this a pulmonary embolus.
Steroids should be weaned off at least a month before your surgery, and this weaning process should be set up and cleared by your prescribing physician. Dr. Lovelace and the staff will go through your list of medication, and let you know what exactly you need to do with those medications preoperatively. Make sure that you bring all of your medications with you to your consultation.
Contact Our Office
If you’re interested in learning more about blepharoplasty, contact New Leaf Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Candis Lovelace.
Dr Lovelace did my Blepharoplasty surgery
1 year ago and I love the results, you can actually see my eye shadow now.
She answered all my questions, and explained everything in detail. I highly recommend her.