What To Expect On The Day Of Surgery?
An upper blepharoplasty can be performed under local or general anesthesia and the surgery itself typically takes about one hour. If the surgery is performed using general anesthesia the patient will require a 2 hour recovery period. For a Lower blepharoplasty, the surgery time is roughly the same, one hour in duration and is always performed under general anesthesia. Should a patient want both an upper and lower blepharoplasty, they can be performed during the same procedure time if desired. Oftentimes, patients combine C02 laser resurfacing to the lower eyelids to tighten the skin and smooth out fine lines as well. We do require all patients leave accompanied by a family member or a friend to ensure their safety, regardless of whether the surgery is performed under local or general anesthesia.
Depending on the patient and extent of the surgery, Dr. Solomon may use traditional or dissolvable stitches/sutures. If traditional stitches are used during Blepharoplasty, they will require removal by Dr. Solomon or one of his registered nurses at his Toronto or Thornhill clinic, approximately one week after the surgery is performed.
What To Expect After Surgery – The Recovery Process
Blepharoplasty boasts a remarkably brief period of recovery. Most patients experience mild swelling and/or bruising around the eyes, for roughly 1 week following surgery. This may be reduced by simply applying a cold compress to the affected area and sleeping with your head elevated for the first few days following surgery. Barring unforeseen complications. Blepharoplasty recipients, on average, are able to resume normal activities between seven to ten days following surgery.
Blepharoplasty is heralded as one of the most popular elective eyelid enhancement surgeries available, having been successfully performed on hundreds of thousands of people throughout North America. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons ranks Blepharoplasty among the top five elective cosmetic, procedures performed on both men and women.
Alternative Or Complementary Procedures
Blepharoplasty can be used in combination with other non-surgical procedures such as Botox/ fat grafting or fillers to produce a more dramatic result than that of a single procedure. Each prospective patient will discuss their unique aesthetic goals with Dr. Solomon, in his Toronto or Thornhill office, in order to determine if a blepharoplasty surgery will be best complemented by another surgical procedure or non-surgical procedure for optimal results. Each prospective patient will discuss their unique aesthetic goals with Dr. Solomon in order to determine what treatment plan would best achieve their aesthetic goals.
New UltraPulse® CO2 Fractionated Laser Eyelid Lift (Non Surgical Laser Blepharoplasty)
Your eyes are one of the most expressive features of your face, so when fine lines, wrinkles, sagging upper lids, and bags under lower lids appear, you may look tired, or aged beyond your years. A traditional blepharoplasty (surgical eyelid lift) is a safe and effective solution, however, if you wish to avoid a surgical procedure, there is a new method for rejuvenating the eyelid area. Solomon Facial Plastic Nasal and Facial Surgery Centre was one of the first in the Toronto area to offer another option using the UltraPulse® Fractionated CO2 Laser.
CO2 lasers have been used successfully for years in skin resurfacing, however, only recently has this technology been employed to provide patients with a laser alternative to the surgical eyelid lift procedure.