Do you have upper eyelids that have drooped so much that your field of vision has shrunk significantly? Do you have dark circles under your eyes that do not disappear with adequate rest? Do you feel self-conscious when you run errands without wearing eye makeup? If so, you may be the perfect candidate for eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, at Nuance Cosmetic Surgery in Folsom, CA.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
In general, you can expect to be considered a good eyelid surgery candidate if you are a relatively healthy non-smoker and concerned about the appearance of your upper or lower eyelids. You also can feel pretty confident that you will qualify for surgery if you are concerned about both your upper and lower eyelids. However, attending an initial consultation is the only way to know for sure whether you’re a good fit for surgery.
Who Doesn’t Qualify for Blepharoplasty?
You will not be considered a good candidate for eyelid surgery if you are pregnant or breastfeeding at the time of your procedure. You also will not be considered a good fit for surgery if you suffer from a medical condition that will make the procedure unsafe, like a bleeding disorder. Furthermore, it is crucial that you be able to follow all preparation and recovery guidelines. If you’re not, you should not expect to qualify for surgery.
Am I a Good Candidate for Asian Eyelid Surgery?
If you are concerned about how your lack of an upper eyelid crease makes you look less alert and you want your eyes to look wider, you may be considered a good candidate for Asian eyelid surgery. Additionally, you may be considered a good fit for this procedure if you want to enhance the appearance of the eye area, make cosmetics easier to apply, or enhance the symmetry of your facial features.
Other Common Questions Answered
How Should I Prepare for My Procedure?
Attending an initial evaluation is the most important preparation step you will need to take prior to surgery. During this first meeting, we will discuss your cosmetic goals to verify that this procedure is the most effective way to address your concerns. We will also advise you on all of the rules you will be expected to follow. We welcome any and all questions about what is expected of you at this time and at any point during your eye enhancement process.
Another very important preparation step to take is to avoid the consumption of alcohol and tobacco products. These substances can increase your blood pressure to the point that surgery is unsafe, and they will slow your recovery period if you consume them. It is also very important that you prepare for your recovery before coming in for your procedure.
What Considerations Should I Keep in Mind When Preparing for My Recovery?
One of the most important things to keep in mind when preparing for your recovery is that you will not be able to drive after your procedure. You should arrange for someone to drive you to your procedure and drive you back home. Additionally, it is a very good idea for you to fill all of your prescriptions, including eye drops, ointments, and antibiotics, before your procedure.
Another important consideration is that you may not feel up to walking up stairs for the first few days following your procedure. If possible, you should prepare a recovery room on the ground floor of your home that has everything you need to keep yourself comfortable, entertained, and nourished. Moreover, you may want to make sure you have one or two weeks’ worth of nutritious, easy to prepare groceries in the house.
How Long Will My Procedure Take?
The length of your procedure depends on the scope of your concerns and goals. If you are only concerned about the appearance of your upper eyelids, your procedure should only take an hour or so. Similarly, you should only expect your procedure to take around an hour if you are only concerned about the appearance of your lower eye area. If you need upper and lower eyelid surgery and another facial procedure, your procedure will take three or more hours.
What Other Procedures May Help Me Improve My Self-Confidence?
We offer a number of procedures designed to help people enhance the appearance of their face and body. If you are struggling with the appearance or functionality of your nose, you may be an ideal candidate for rhinoplasty. This procedure, sometimes referred to as a nose job, can safely and effectively address both cosmetic and medical concerns. For instance, any bumps or divots in the bridge of the nose can be smoothed, and the width of the bridge can be manipulated.
Another popular procedure is otoplasty, sometimes referred to as ear pinning. Typically, people seek this procedure when they feel that their ears are too large, or they wish their ears didn’t protrude as much. However, you may still be considered a good candidate for this procedure if you are satisfied with their size and positioning but do not like their shape.
Could a Facelift Help Me Improve My Self-Confidence?
Often, people who are experiencing sagging eyelids, under eye bags, and eye wrinkles also have problems with skin laxity in the lower face. If you are bothered by wrinkles, folds, and skin sagging in your lower face, you may qualify for a facelift.
How Long Should I Expect My Recovery to Take?
It may take anywhere from one to two months to recover from surgery fully. Everyone’s recovery timeline is different, but you may start feeling like your old self just three to five days after surgery. Typically, recovery is shorter for people who only get lower blepharoplasty rather than upper blepharoplasty or a combination of the two procedures.
When Can I Resume My Usual Activities After Surgery?
Generally, people are able to resume their usual activities just 10 to 14 days after surgery. How quickly you can return to your usual routine depends on several factors, including your age and the scope of your procedure. As a general rule of thumb, you can expect to recover faster if you are relatively young or only had small changes made during surgery.
What Should I Avoid During My Recovery Process?
You should not wear contact lenses during the first 72 hours following your procedure. Additionally, you will not be able to apply makeup to your eye area for five days following your procedure. It is also extremely important that you do not consume any alcohol or tobacco products during the first two weeks of your recovery period. If you consume these substances, your recovery will take longer than it should.
Another important thing to avoid during the first week or two following your procedure is straining your eyes. You should read, game, and watch TV as little as possible during your recovery. You also must not push yourself hard physically during the early stages of your recovery process.
What Can I Do to Recover Faster?
Getting as much quality sleep as you can is one of the best things you can do to recover from surgery quickly. When you complete several sleep cycles consecutively, you start to spend more and more time in the final stage of the sleep cycle. This stage, sometimes called the REM or rapid eye movement stage, is when your body heals itself most efficiently.
Another highly effective step you can take to recover from surgery faster is to make sure that you stay as nourished and hydrated as possible. Great foods to incorporate into your post-op diet include citrus fruits, tropical fruits, and dark green vegetables that are high in vitamin C. Dark green vegetables also tend to be high in protein, another nutrient that is vital for a rapid recovery. You should generally aim to drink at least six to eight cups of hydrating fluids daily.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
If you have concerns about your upper or lower eyelids, you may be considered a good candidate for eyelid surgery. Generally, we look for non-smokers, but if you can abstain from nicotine consumption for a month, you may still qualify. To find out for sure if you are a good fit for surgery, contact us now at Nuance Cosmetic Surgery in Folsom, CA to schedule your initial consultation near Sacramento, CA.