blepharoplasty 101

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BLEPHAROPLASTY 101

 


Wishing

dreaming about blepharoplasty

Daydreaming about how nice it would be to see your eyes looking like they used to, or, with a little luck, better than they ever were to start?

dead roses

Now imagine how you'll feel if it doesn't turn out that way? What if your eyelid surgery leaves you looking harsh and unnatural or no longer like yourself? What if your blepharoplasty makes you appear . . . older? Worse yet, what if there are medical problems?

While it's best to think positive, know that not every patient ends up pleased. The majority are for the most part satisfied, but few are 100% happy. Some may be very unhappy, even regretful.


A non-uniform operation

As with many operations in different specialties, cosmetic eye surgery is a non-uniform and imperfect set of procedures that usually help but can sometimes harm.

Often presented as a straight-forward and simple cosmetic operation carrying a near-guarantee of success, "blepharoplasty" is, in reality, merely the name for a family of diverse surgical procedures intended to enhance eyelid appearance.

What this means is that one so-called "blepharoplasty" is seldom the same as the next. Depending on variables such as age, starting point, anatomic limitations, tissue health, and so on, the actual customized mix of procedures that goes into making up each given operation will vary patient to patient.

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While the most common procedures typically work well, some designed to address more difficult eyelid, brow, and upper cheek conditions are far from perfect. Others are new and relatively unproven. A few are old and known to be risky


Searching for perfection

perfect blepharoplasty surgeon

While there is no such thing as the perfect blepharoplasty or the world's best eyelid surgeon, it is indeed possible to determine the safest and most effective procedure for your specific needs and to locate a skilled doctor who can pull it off. To do this, you'll first need to learn about "what" and "who" are available as well as what works, what doesn't, and why. We'll help educate you on all of these topics and show you how to choose your operation and surgeon with confidence.

It's best to review the material here thoroughly before honing in on any one procedure. Just because you're familiar with some of material at the beginning of a chapter doesn't mean you know all of the material to the end. Don't be surprised if some of what you think you know is, in fact, distorted, incorrect, or no longer considered the best choice.

When done well, blepharoplasty is an operation that can refresh an aging face. The goal is to still look like yourself. Just better.


 

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