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Welcome to the Insider's Guide to Blepharoplasty, a unique online information resource intended for patients and the public interested in learning more about cosmetic eyelid surgery. Completey updated, reconfigured, and greatly enlarged for 2015, its formatting remains simple, clear, and renders correctly on all connected devices, from cell phones to desktop monitors.

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.

The Insider's Guide offers more. It's a comprehensive and candid educational resource that presents practical consumer-level information rather than medical pablum or marketing. It's written for interested patients doing their own research on blepharoplasty, not for doctors who need to reference thick tomes and super-technical medical journal articles filled with jargon that would cause the eyes of most lay readers to glaze over within a page or two.

But why take this Guide to be credible? Developed by a recently-retired blepharoplasty specialist over a period of fifteen years and read by millions of visitors (including many oculoplastic surgeons) from around the world, it consists of 44 main chapters containing over 200 articles and hundreds of patient photos and diagrams covering every facet of cosmetic eyelid surgery. In contrast to a printed book, this free online resource is readily updated to always reflect the state-of-the-art.

The progression of material is, basically, as follows. Of course, it's fine to jump around if you wish, 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 general 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.

But please understand: The Insider's Guide is not intended to replace or contradict any advice from your cosmetic surgeon, who, in the end, will examine you and then offer a much more directed and individualized appraisal of your personalized needs based on many years of training and hands-on experience. Use this educational resource to learn more about the subject, but always act only on your own doctor's recommendations. After all, he or she is the one treating you, not us.

Please also review our Terms of Use and Medical/Legal Disclaimer.

There's much more inside, but 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 . . .

A good place to begin is Chapter 1, but you can also browse at will or use our customized Blepharoplasty Search.

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