Q. Am I a candidate?
A: Blepharoplasty and Brow lifting is performed on men and women of all adult age groups. The excess wrinkled skin of the upper and lower eyelids are examined along with a basic history and physical exam performed at the initial complimentary consultation. This quickly and easily determines the need for upper eyelid, lower eyelid, or brow surgery. This initial evaluation will allow the surgeon to determine what is required to best address the region as a whole, and explain which combination of procedures will have the best results.
Q. How long will I be out of work?
A: Patients usually need only the first two days after surgery to ice the area consistently. After these first two days, work can be resumed within appropriate limits, but sutures remain in place for one week. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia as directed by our board certified anesthesiologists, here at the Philadelphia Surgi Center. As a result, patients feel tired and worn out for a few days after surgery.
Q. When can I return to the gym?
A: Most patients will actually begin to exercise their legs and abdomen as early as 2 weeks. Keeping blood pressure under control after surgery is very important, so early exercise is not recommended. As long as you discuss your exercise plans with the doctor, a safe regimen can be “worked out”.
Q. What kind of pain can I expect?
A: The swelling associated with Blepharoplasty and Brow lifting create more discomfort than pain. The area is often described as “tight” feeling. Ice therapy at home after surgery for two days is required in order to sooth this sensation. The appropriate prescriptions are provided at the preoperative visit.
Q. What scars will result from the procedure?
A: The skin of the eyelids and brow are excellent locations for healing much like the rest of the face. The eyelid and brow incisions are created along hairlines, natural skin creases and lash lines. They are consistently the most transparent of all cosmetic scars.
Q. How long will the results last?
A: Patients see 10 years of improvement that usually lasts for 10 years as well. We often see patients that have had eyelid surgery 10 and even 20 years prior to choosing a Facelift. It is this long lasting result that maintains the youthful appearance that these patients desire until they decide to ultimately address the tissues and skin of the neck and jowls.