Lower Eyelid Surgery Candidates

October 17, 2014 — by Stephen Hardy M.D.
Tags: Eyelid Surgery Facial Plastic Surgery

A woman at home smilingNorthwest Plastic Surgery Associates has helped patients address diverse issues related to their overall appearance. This is why so many patients in and around the Missoula area have put their trust in us, whether they require cosmetic eyelid surgery to achieve a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance or the latest in body contouring procedures.

As you begin to age, the first signs of said aging often occur in the lower eyelid. This occurs due to the fact that the lower eyelid is made of a thinner layer of skin than other parts of the face, making it more susceptible to gravity as aging begins. Thankfully there's lower eyelid surgery, which we want to consider right now.

Reasons to Consider Lower Eyelid Surgery

Some common reasons to consider lower eyelid surgery as a solution to your aesthetic problems include the following:

  • You have an excess of skin in the lower eyelid region that has become especially wrinkled or is showing signs of sagging
  • If your excess lower eyelid skin is impairing your vision, it is especially important to consider lower eyelid surgery
  • Your eyes appear puffy, giving you a look that makes you look sleepy or sad
  • Your eyelid has become so low, it has become difficult for you to apply makeup or any other topical applications to your eyes

General Candidacy for Lower Eyelid Surgery

Not everyone is a prime candidate for lower eyelid surgery. The procedure involves the removal of excess fat under the eyes and the repositioning of the remaining skin. With that in mind, lower eyelid surgery candidates typically are in good general health with no preexisting eye conditions and do not have an extensive history of smoking.

Going In with Realistic Expectations

Before undergoing any kind of surgery, it's imperative that you learn about all of the risks and benefits associated with the procedure. This will provide you with realistic expectations about the entire process from beginning to end.

During the consultation process, we will be more than happy to address these matters with your in greater detail, helping you make the best possible choices when it comes to facial aesthetics and your many options.

Is lower eyelid surgery permanent?

Typically, lower eyelid surgery is a long-lasting procedure. Because the procedure involves the removal and repositioning of excess skin in the lower eyelid region, this procedure usually is only performed once.

If you do have any concerns about the results of your lower eyelid surgery, keep in contact with your plastic surgeon, and be sure to notify him or her of any changes that you find to be unusual. More often than not, changes to your lower eyelids are natural, even after your lower eyelid surgery. Your plastic surgeon will be able to better articulate any changes that you find concerning, especially after surgery.

Are there potential complications to lower eyelid surgery?

Typically this procedure is performed without any complications. However, in rare cases, patients may experience allergic reactions to anesthesia or scarring that takes a little longer to heal. In any case, to minimize or eliminate the risk of these complications, do everything you can to ensure the plastic surgeon performing your lower eyelid surgery is board certified.

Is lower eyelid surgery the right option for me?

For more information about lower eyelid surgery and your many other options for facial rejuvenation and wrinkle reduction, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. The team at Northwest Plastic Surgery Associates looks forward to your visit and helping you make the idea choices given your circumstances.

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