WHAT IS A LOWER BLEPHAROPLASTY?
As we age, the area around our eyes can change in a few ways. A special type of fat that surrounds the eye weakens and bulges out, creating bags under the eyes. This can be made worse by losing volume in other parts of the face. Some people also have dark circles under their eyes, which are shadows caused by the bulges. Lower blepharoplasty surgery can smooth out the undereye area, remove the bags, and lessen the appearance of dark circles.
DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO LOWER BLEPHS
Deciding to Schedule
During your pre-operative appointment, you’ll have plenty of time to discuss your upcoming procedure in detail and have all your questions answered. Your pre- and post-operative care instructions will be reviewed with one of our nurses, as well as any medications you’ll need to take before and after surgery. You’ll review and sign the consent form for the surgery, meet with your surgeon to revisit your goals, and review any submitted medical clearance forms. Our goal is to ensure that you feel fully informed and comfortable with the upcoming procedure, allowing you to approach your surgery with confidence and peace of mind.
What to Avoid Before Surgery
To ensure optimal surgical results and minimize the risk of complications, it is crucial to avoid all blood-thinning medications and supplements for at least two weeks prior to your procedure. This includes aspirin or aspirin-containing products, as well as anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or naproxen (including Motrin, Aleve, and Advil). Additionally, supplements such as Vitamin E, multivitamins, and omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil and flaxseed oil) should be avoided. For a complete list of medications and supplements to avoid, please consult with your pre-op nurse. Our goal is to help you achieve the best possible results while ensuring your safety and comfort throughout the surgical process.
What Can I Do to Speed Up My Recovery Time?
Carefully reviewing and following your pre-op instructions is crucial to achieving optimal results. Following the procedure, initial healing may include some swelling, bruising, irritation, dry eyes, and discomfort that can be controlled with medication, drops, and ointment. Irritation at the incision sites is also possible. It’s important to minimize sun exposure post-operatively. Bruising and swelling are common after the procedure, but typically resolve within ten days to two weeks. In addition, we offer a complimentary laser treatment called the VBeam Perfecta, which targets bruising and promotes accelerated healing. Makeup can be used to conceal bruising after one week.