Plastic surgery is becoming increasingly popular. But before you schedule an appointment for your ear, nose and throat doctor to address your saggy, baggy or wrinkled skin around your eyes and brows, it is important to consider all the facts.
Dr. Julian Perry, an ophthalmologist and oculoplastic surgeon, answers the five most common questions to help you make an informed decision if surgery is right for you.
Should I Get Surgery?
While some opt for surgery around their eye area for strictly cosmetic reasons, there are instances where drooping skin around the eyes goes beyond that. Heavy skin and tissue around the upper eyelids can be bothersome. According to Dr. Perry, “This can cause eye fatigue and even interfere with your vision.”
With your finger, hold up your eyelid and eyebrow. If your vision seems to improve then you are likely being affected by drooping skin. The good news is if this is the case, your insurance may cover the cost.
What Surgery Options Do I Have?
There are two types of blepharoplasty procedures used for an eyelid lift.
- Upper lid blepharoplasty removes some fat and excess skin from the upper eyelid.
- Lower lid blepharoplasty removes deposits of fat and tightens excess skin underneath the eye, addressing bags and wrinkles.
A brow lift requires your surgeon to lift and tighten the skin above the eye. An incision may be made in the hairline to make the scar less visible.
Is Surgery Safe?
Brow lifts and eyelid surgery are both extremely safe. Most experienced surgeons have done upwards of 20,000 eyelid and eyebrow procedures.
Most of the risks involved with these procedures are cosmetic. Less qualified surgeons may produce asymmetrical results or may not remove enough fat or tighten enough skin to produce the desired results.
As with any surgery, there are risks such as bleeding, infection and nerve damage. But Dr. Perry confirms that these problems are rare.
Is Surgery a Long-Term Solution?
As Dr. Perry puts it, “The results last a lifetime, but the aging changes continue.” While the procedures are permanent, they do not stop you from aging. Most patients can enjoy their surgery results for decades, with touch ups and additional surgeries as viable options when needed.
Are There Any Other Considerations?
Experts recommend trying out non-surgical solutions to address your problem areas before scheduling surgery. You can brighten your eye area by:
- Using moisturizer and sunscreen
- Quitting smoking
- Having chemical peels
- Getting injectables
To learn more about a brow lift or to schedule an appointment with your ear, nose and throat doctor, contact the experts at Texas ENT & Allergy today.