FAQs About Eyelid Surgery
posted: Jan 18, 2017.
The best looking facial features are the ones you feel comfortable and confident with. If over time, you have wrinkling, loss of skin volume or other aesthetic flaws that make you appear older, consult with your El Paso, TX, facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Dennis Reiter at Visione 360 Eye & Cosmetic Institute. Learn how to correct your skin flaws with injectables which enhance and smooth your appearance.
The effects of aging on the skin
Aging really shows on the face because that's what people look at first, and that's what's exposed to the elements.
As a result, facial skin sags or loses the elastic collagen it had in youth. Also, the sun dries, wrinkles and puts all kinds of spots and freckles on our faces. What's to be done?
Dr. Reiter uses a variety of innovative treatments to revitalize facial appearance. Many treatments fall into the broad category of liquid facelifts. These FDA-approved injectable medications augment or completely avoid surgeries. Their purposes are to:
- Fill out thinning lips
- Fill in static and dynamic wrinkling
- Improve the contours of the face, including hollows and symmetry
- Smooth scars, particularly from acne
When you consult with your El Paso, TX, facial plastic surgeon, he will examine your skin and facial structure and recommend the treatments and products compatible with your particular needs. Following are examples of common facial procedures which use rejuvenating injectables.
BOTOX This highly purified form of the botulinum toxin limits the movement of certain facial muscles, thus reducing the appearance of lines and creases between the brows, around the nose and eyes, and beside the mouth. The effects last several months, giving patients time to retrain the muscles responsible for grimacing, frowning and other expressions which cause what plastic surgeons call dynamic wrinkling.
Restylane is a dermal filler injected into the folds around the nose and under the eyes and also into the lips or along either side of the mouth. Composed of hyaluronic acid, Restylane boosts collagen, a naturally-occurring component of human skin. Collagen increases skin elasticity, smoothness, strength, and flexibility. Collagen also helps skin retain moisture and combat dryness. Radiesse is another injectable similar in action to Restylane, but it has a different collagen-boosting ingredient.
PRP-PRFM injections are a remarkable liquid facelift treatment. PRP means Platelet Rich Plasma. The facial plastic surgeon in El Paso, TX, uses the patient's own blood platelets to create a Platelet Rich Fibrin Matrix which, when placed back into the patient, stimulates collagen production.
Arrange your consultation
Learn more about inventive liquid facelifts. Yes, you can look your very best. Call Visione 360 Eye & Cosmetic Institute: (915) 532-3997.
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure for treating puffiness, wrinkles and fat around the eyes for a moreyouthful appearance. Depending on the specific problem areas, surgery can be performed on just the upper or lower eyelid or both. At the Visione 360 Eye & Cosmetic Institute, Dr. Dennis Reiter is your experienced eyelid and facial plastic surgeon in El Paso, TX. Before undergoing any procedure, it can be helpful to know the answers to several frequently asked questions about eyelid surgery.
What problems can eyelid surgery correct?
Eyelid surgery can be used to target the signs of aging around the eyes. Problems typically treated during eyelid surgery include drooping and sagging of the eyelids, bags, wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes. Eyelid surgery can also be used to remove fat deposits that have formed around the eyes. The goal of eyelid surgery for many patients is to restore a more youthful appearance to the eyes. Your eyelid and facial plastic surgeon in El Paso, TX, can help you determine how eyelid surgery can benefit you.
How long is the procedure for eyelid surgery?
The procedure for eyelid surgery usually takes between one and three hours. Total time depends on whether or not both the upper and lower lids are being treated. Eyelid surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure using local anesthesia and/or sedation. In most cases, patients return home the same day.
How long does recovery take?
The eyes will be sensitive for several days following eyelid surgery. You might experience sensitivity to light, blurry or double vision, regular tears, puffiness and numbness. Most of these symptoms will dissipate within a few days, while others might take a few weeks to resolve. Patients can return to normal activity approximately one week after surgery but should wait a bit longer before engaging in strenuous activities, such as weight lifting. If you have permanent stitches, those will be removed in about five to seven days after surgery.
Are there any risks associated with the procedure?
As with any surgical procedure, there are some potential risks. The risks are relatively minor and include temporarily experiencing blurry or double vision, minor swelling and small white pimples or blemishes around the eyes. If surgery is performed on both eyes, they can temporarily appear asymmetrical should they heal at different rates from one another.
Eyelid surgery can help restore a more youthful appearance by minimizing or eliminating sagging, puffiness, wrinkles and other signs of aging around the eyes. Dr. Reiter is your experienced eyelid and facial plastic surgeon in El Paso, TX. To schedule a consultation for eyelid surgery, contact the Visione 360 Eye & Cosmetic Institute by calling (915) 532-3937.