As with most elective cosmetic procedures, there are several basic criteria that determine if you’re a good candidate for a blepharoplasty procedure. They include:
- You have hooded eyelids – with excess upper eyelid skin that in the extreme can obscure your vision
- You have bags under your eyes or have heavy, droopy eyes
- You have sagging skin and wrinkles under your eyes
- You enjoy relatively good health without any medical conditions that could jeopardize your healing or present surgical risks
• You’re a non-smoker (smoking can impair the healing process), and you have realistic expectations on what the surgery can do for you
Costs can vary based on individual patient needs and the amount of surgery required.The costs involved in this procedure include facility/hospital fees, medical tests, anesthesia fees, Dr. Jimerson’s fee and any medication or post-operative garments that may be required. Our staff will provide you with a detailed cost estimate for your procedure.
Recovery from blepharoplasty is usually fast and uncomplicated. You will have ointment and special tape applied to your eyelids to minimize discomfort and swelling. You can also use cold compresses, ice and rest to help with swelling.There will be some bruising and swelling around the eyes that will last anywhere from 1-2 weeks. You will need to use moisturizing eye drops for the first several days following your surgery, as well as keep your head elevated while sleeping. You’ll need to avoid excessive blinking and drink plenty of water.
Most patients return to work about one week after the surgery.
You will discuss various anesthesia options with Dr. Jimerson, including sedation and general anesthesia. He will determine the best type of anesthesia based on the procedure, your health history and his preferences.
For an upper eyelid procedure, an incision is made in the natural creases of the eyelid. Excess skin and fat is then removed and the incision is sutured. This helps to keep the scars hidden from view when the eyes are open.
For the lower eyelid procedure, an incision is made right below the lower eyelash line. Using this incision, excess skin is removed and fat is redistributed to eliminate the look of puffy and baggy eyes. Some patients have loose lower eyelids, in which case Dr. Jimerson may recommend tightening them in addition to removing excess fat and skin.
As with any surgical procedure, there are some potential risks or complications. You have to determine if the benefits that you’ll obtain from your procedure outweigh the risks involved.Dr. Jimerson and his trained staff will do everything possible to minimize risks and postoperative complications. Risks of the procedure may include:
- Anesthesia • Bleeding • Infection • Bruising • Scar irregularities • Blood clots •
It’s important to discuss any concerns you have with Dr. Jimerson prior to your surgery. If you have a question – please ask!
Prior to surgery you will have a consultation with Dr. Jimerson. This is an important appointment, as it will give you an opportunity to ask questions about the procedure and what you can expect from the surgery.He will discuss you specific goals, take a medical history and review your current medications. Photos may be taken, both before and after the surgery.
You will also be able to learn what options are available to you, along with the risks and possible complications of the procedure.
Blepharoplasty: surgery on the eyelidsGeneral anesthesia: using drugs and gasses you are put completely to sleep so you are not aware of the procedure nor will you feel any pain
Suture: stitches that close an incision
Transconjunctival incision: an incision made inside the lower eyelid so there is no visible scar whatsoever
During your appointment, it’s good to ask Dr. Jimerson questions about your procedure.Here are some questions to consider:
– What surgical technique is recommended?
– How long will the recovery period be for my surgery?
– What risks are associated with my surgery?
– What type of complications can happen?
– When will I be able to see the results of my surgery?
– Do you think that I’m a good candidate for this procedure?
Bes sure to ask any other questions you have about Dr. Jimerson, the procedure or anything else that concerns you about your surgery.
The team is committed to meet your unique needs, with a natural, long-lasting look. Because of his expertise, Dr. Jimerson offers patients reduced operative times, which means faster recovery times. In addition, he strives to use techniques that are safer than traditional procedures.