If you are thinking about your eyelid surgery options, your plastic surgeon will be able to offer guidance about what will work best for you. Since the eyes can have a big effect on the overall face and vice versa, there are a few different variables that have to be considered. The most important of these is whether you’re a good candidate for this procedure. Here are some factors to consider as you plan your consultation.
The right candidate:
- Is the ideal age for eyelid surgery
Although there are no hard and fast rules for eyelid surgery when it comes to age, patients who are experiencing signs of aging usually benefit most from eyelid surgery. This is because a loss of volume and skin elasticity can cause sagging associated with eyelid surgery. In most cases, patients should be old enough to elect for surgery, however.
- Is in good health
Just like other plastic surgeries, the results you get will be optimal if you are in good physical health and don’t smoke. You should also have realistic expectations and have a positive attitude towards your recovery. Dr. Carpenter will discuss any conditions or health concerns that might put you at greater risk while undergoing surgery, so be sure to bring a list of these and any medications you take.
- Does not require a brow lift instead
Blepharoplasty and the brow lift can be somewhat difficult to distinguish when it comes to eye rejuvenation since hooded or sagging eyes can be caused by looseness in the brow rather than only the eyes. This makes it especially important to discuss your options with your plastic surgeon, who can make a recommendation. These two procedures can be performed at the same time, in many cases.
- Does not have certain eye conditions
Although this might seem obvious, patients that have eye conditions like glaucoma or infections should avoid eyelid surgery. Although eyelid surgery does not deal with the eye itself, it’s still important that your eyes are healthy and will not compromise your results or recovery, which will include incisions. These can sometimes even be placed inside the eyelid, in the case of lower eyelid surgery, and come into direct contact with the eye. For this reason, it’s important to discuss any health conditions you may have.
Determining whether eyelid surgery is best for you is an important step of your consultation with Dr. Carpenter. To begin discussing your options, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.