Welcome to the Insider's Guide to Blepharoplasty, a unique online learning resource intended for patients and the public interested in knowing more about cosmetic eyelid surgery. Updated, reconfigured, and greatly enlarged for 2015, it remains uncluttered to encourage efficient self-education with minimal distraction.
Let's face it: most big-name medical school and official Board "informational" mega-sites designed for consumer use are watered-down to the point of uselessness. Each reads like a clone of the others, one or two pages of minimal content extolling this or that operation while glossing over serious discussion of blepharoplasty options, alternatives, controversy, or anything that might go against the sponsoring institutions. And why not? The very purpose of their existence is to advertise their supporting member physicians and encourage you to use their services.
How is the Insider's Guide different? It's a highly focused and candid educational resource that presents practical consumer-level information rather than medical pablum or entertainment. Intended for the serious lay reader conducting his or her own research on blepharoplasty, the Guide is the cohesive work of a recognized "insider" rather than a disparate amalgamation of user-generated snippets.
What is meant by the term "Insider"?
An "insider" is a member of a group with restricted access (in this case, experienced blepharoplasty specialists) who is privy to esoteric or obscure information that can provide useful guidance to those outside of the group.
While an outsider "expert" may also offer advice, it tends to be more theoretical, which is not as valuable as an insider's first-hand material knowledge.
The Guide has been developed over a period of fifteen years and read by many millions of visitors (including most oculoplastic surgeons) from around the world. It's detailed enough to address almost any question you might have about this rather complex subject.
Consisting of 44 main sections containing over 200 articles and hundreds of patient photos and diagrams, it covers every facet of cosmetic eyelid surgery and is regularly updated to reflect the state-of-the-art.
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The progression of material in the Guide is as follows. Of course, it's fine to jump around if you prefer, especially if you're already well-versed in certain topics:
We start off with a planning section (Chapters 1-12). In these chapters, we'll teach you what you should know to better understand and evaluate the group of procedures that make up modern "blepharoplasty" to be presented in great detail later on. We'll describe pertinent facial and eyelid anatomy and physiology (don't worry--it's not as dry as it sounds) and explain common eyelid signs and symptoms that lead people to seek out eyelid surgery. We'll then discuss general treatment issues, such as your choice of operating room facility and the different types of available anesthesia and even the costs. We'll also offer guidance on how to get the most out of a blepharoplasty consultation and then evaluate and select an eyelid specialist.
Next, we delve into the specifics of blepharoplasty and a number of related operations and adjuncts (Chapters 13-27). We'll present their treatment variations and discuss how each is performed, the results you can reasonably expect, and a lot about each procedure's pros-and-cons. We'll tell you about which eyelid operations are established, new, antiquated, or still "developmental." We'll also review certain procedures you may wish to approach with caution.
Next, we take a detailed look at the risks you face by electing to undergo blepharoplasty surgery and then present an overview of the most effective revision techniques to address any complications should they arise (Chapters 28-30).
Finally, we'll tell you about what most people need to do (and not do) to prepare for a typical blepharoplasty, after which we'll walk you through the experience from the perspective of a patient and again explain what you need to do (and not do) to recover and heal (Chapters 31-40). While none of these suggestions should take preference over your own cosmetic surgeon's instructions, you'll find a great deal of good information here and may even discover a few useful "tricks."
It's important to point out up front that there is no such thing as the "perfect" blepharoplasty procedure or surgeon. To find the best operation and doctor for YOU, you'll need to make an effort to learn about "what" and "who" are available. This Guide will educate you on what is, after all, a technical medical subject and hopefully help you choose your surgeon and procedure with confidence.
What the Insider's Guide is not intended for is to replace or contradict any advice from your cosmetic surgeon, who, in the end, will examine you and then offer an individualized appraisal of your personalized needs. Use this educational resource to learn more about the subject, but act only on your own doctor's recommendations. He or she is the one treating you, not us.
That's it for the introduction. Now prop open those baggy eyelids and brew yourself a pot of coffee. It's time to get started. . .