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“The eyes are the windows to the soul.” While there has been debate over where the quote came from, most people agree with the concept. Large, clear, vibrant eyes are one of the most appealing parts of the face, and they always tell a story.

They are what most people look at to determine how you are feeling about something, what you might be thinking, or even if you are telling the truth.

When pursuing an exceptional plastic surgeon for Blepharoplasty, or specifically an eyelid lift, in Phoenix, look no further than the board-certified doctors here at Arizona Aesthetic Associates.

Are your eyes telling the truth about you?

Whether the source is genetics or aging, there are two conditions related to your eyes that can give people the wrong impression:

  • Hooded or drooping eyelids can make you look exhausted or angry, even when you are not.
  • Puffiness or bags under your eyes can make you appear far older than you are.

Of course, neither of these conditions is desirable. In addition, more sagging in one of the upper eyelids than the other can make your eyes look uneven and sagging eyelids that are so severe they interfere with your vision can impact quality of life.

The weight of sagging or drooping lids can even make it more difficult to keep your eyes fully open, posing a danger in driving or other activity.

Good Candidates for Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty literally means “eyelid surgery” (blepharo, from the Greek, meaning eyelid). Upper blepharoplasty and lower blepharoplasty are the medical terms used for the cosmetic surgeries to the upper and lower lids, respectively.

Rest assured that when you commit to an eyelid lift in Scottsdale, Phoenix and surrounding areas, you will receive amazing and age defying results.

If your health is generally good and you understand what eyelid surgery can and cannot do for you, you may benefit from undergoing this procedure. Eyelid surgery can produce the following benefits:

  • You appear more alert and refreshed
  • Reduces the appearance of advanced aging
  • Improved vision by removing the obstruction from the droopy skin
  • Able to apply makeup easier/better (upper eyelid surgery)
  • Improved tear flow from better eyelid position (lower eyelid surgery)

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Health Matters

There are some contraindications for upper or lower blepharoplasty, including the following conditions and illnesses:

  • Active eye infections
  • Unreasonable expectations
  • Certain prior eyelid surgeries
  • Certain diseases of the thyroid
  • Certain serious, pre-existing conditions of the eyes

A thorough, detailed medical history will be taken during the initial consultation with one of our cosmetic and facial reconstruction surgeons and, if warranted, we can contact your primary physician, any specialist from whom you may be receiving care, or your ophthalmologist to discuss your condition prior to your eyelid surgery.

Types of Blepharoplasty

Options for Upper Blepharoplasty

There are several options for an upper blepharoplasty, through the incision is basically the same; it is made in the upper eyelid crease:

  • Fatty deposits are removed, a tiny strip of muscle is removed, and the skin is tightened (traditional).
  • Only the excess skin is removed.
  • Only the fat pads are removed.
  • The ligament support system is repaired
  • The addition of fat in the gaunt eyelid patient

Options for Upper Blepharoplasty

Lower eyelid surgery can involve the following:

  • Removal or repositioning of fatty tissue
  • Removal or tightening of muscle
  • Removal of excess skin
  • The addition of fat in the gaunt eyelid patient
  • The ligament support system is repaired

The incision will be hidden within the eyelid crease or inside the eyelid and will be unnoticeable once healed.

Recovering from Blepharoplasty

Recovery generally takes one to two weeks.

Right after surgery, there may be:

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Temporary blurred vision
  • Rarely mild sensitivity to light
  • Mild if any pain

Cold compresses, ointments and eye drops can help reduce swelling and speed the healing process. The stitches are typically removed in two to seven days.

Up to the first week after surgery, activities that stress the eyes, such as watching TV, reading, wearing contacts or using the computer should be avoided and the head should be kept elevated. Most patients are able to return to work after the first week.

For the first week, resting the eyes is recommended, as well as avoiding the irritating and drying effects of sun and wind.

During your consultation for your eyelid lift in Phoenix, our team will make sure you know what to expect after the procedure, and the best tips for healing.

Why Choose Us for Blepharoplasty?

The first stage of planning eyelid surgery is to schedule a private consultation with one of our expertly trained plastic and reconstructive surgeons. At Arizona Aesthetic Associates, our goal is to provide information, guidance, and results that bring you restored confidence in your appearance with natural and balanced eyelid rejuvenation and reconstruction.

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