Getting eyelid plastic surgery is a decision that thousands of Americans make each year. Eyelid surgery, also known by its medical term blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that seeks to correct surface issues with the skin tissue surrounding the ocular cavity. These issues can range from droopy eyelids, sagging skin, bags under the eyes, all the way to correcting atrophied muscle tissue. Before you make the decision to get eyelid plastic surgery, consider these facts about the operation and the recovery period.
First of all, it's important to keep in mind that not everybody is well suited for this type of plastic surgery, and it's not an effective option for fixing all of the cosmetic issues around the eyes. For example, blepharplasty won't remove or cover up crows feet and wrinkles around the eyes. For these, a facelift is usually recommended in lieu of an eyelid lift.
If you suffer from an overactive thyroid you want to be especially careful with eyelid surgery because it could cause some complications with your recovery and increase the risk of negative side effects from the surgery. Hyperthyroidism commonly causes the eyelids to swell and become inflamed, which will exacerbate the effects of the surgery and could make the operation ineffective, even dangerous.
Before getting the surgery itself, you'll have to get a consultation from the surgeon to go over all of the details of the eyelid plastic surgery. The surgeon will explain all of the risks and benefits of the operation (though he might lean more heavily on the benefits side of the discussion) and will ask you what kind of outcome you expect as a result of undergoing the surgery. You will probably have to stand in front of a mirror and point out the areas that you would like to be changed. At this point, the surgeon will likely recommend a specific type of eyelid surgery, focusing on either all four eyelids or only on the upper or bottom lids of each eye, and discuss the cost of the operation.
During this consultation, be sure to get all of the facts about the potential recovery time and any side effects you should expect to encounter. It's important to be fully informed about the recovery time because you will probably have to take off work to accommodate a full recovery. The worst thing you can do is cut the recovery period short and go back to work early; this can lead to all kinds of irreparable side effects that can seriously damage your vision. Infection is one of the most common side effects of any type of surgery, and a heavy infection around your eyes might damage them for life.
After this initial consultation and before the surgery itself, you'll probably have another appointment with the surgeon to go over the procedure one more time. This will be your last chance to opt out of the surgery, so make sure you have asked all of the pertinent questions before you leave this appointment.