Common Misconceptions About Blepharoplasty Surgery
Do friends and family members often ask you whether you feel tired, and the answer is always, “No, why?” You may be surprised to learn that the problem is coming from your eyelids and not your energy level. Sagging, wrinkled eyelids can cause a person to look fatigued and older than they are. Additionally, they can interfere with vision in some cases.
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can help turn your appearance around, making you look more well-rested and rejuvenated and boosting your self-confidence. It can be performed on the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or dramatically roll back the clock on facial aging. Below, we will discuss some common misconceptions about blepharoplasty that may be causing you to hesitate before pursuing this innovative and strategic solution.
Misconception #1: A common side effect of blepharoplasty is dry eyes
While chronic dry eye is one of the risks of blepharoplasty, it is improbable, as long as clients select an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon to perform their surgery. In cases where the surgeon lacks expertise, too much skin may be removed from the eyelids, resulting in complications. You can avoid this by doing your research and choosing a surgeon with a reputation for excellence in the field of blepharoplasty.
Misconception #2: Scarring after eyelid surgery is noticeable
This is a myth. With blepharoplasty, the incisions are hidden, either within the folds of the upper lids or in the lower lash line. Scars are virtually undetectable and fade over time.
Misconception #3: Blepharoplasty cannot address dark circles under the eyes
While dark circles beneath the eyes are among the most challenging aesthetic problems to solve, lower blepharoplasty can significantly improve the area’s appearance in most cases. During surgery, the undereye fat can be repositioned, and the procedure can be combined with dermal fillers to achieve a smooth, youthful look. The question of whether dark circles can be removed through blepharoplasty can be discussed in some depth with your plastic surgeon during your consultation process.
Misconception #4: Blepharoplasty can address crow’s feet
While eyelid surgery can work wonders for the upper face, unfortunately, it cannot address those pesky fine lines that manifest at the corners of the eyes, also called crow’s feet. These tiny wrinkles are caused by dynamic movements such as smiling, frowning, and squinting and are better addressed using injectables such as BOTOX.
Misconception #5: Eyelid surgery is so simple, anyone can perform it
On the contrary, blepharoplasty is among the most complex and delicate facial surgeries, requiring immense skill and artistry to produce a natural-looking outcome. You will need to select a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who has a background in oculoplastic techniques. The risk of complications and a poor result is too high to consider anyone unqualified.
What is the takeaway?
If you are interested in undergoing blepharoplasty, the best way to get started is to schedule a private consultation with your plastic surgeon. During this initial meeting, you will learn all the pros and cons of treatment and determine if you are a good candidate for the surgery. Blepharoplasty can make you look refreshed and revitalized. Still, it cannot make you look like a different person, so you must have realistic expectations based on a frank discussion with your provider. Contact Dr. Lee today to discover how blepharoplasty can help you to look and feel more youthful.