Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Scottsdale


Almost everyone would agree that most people care about their appearance and want a look of youthful vitality. As we age, there are certain occurrences that are unavoidable, such as the presence of wrinkles or eye bags. Each year, over 100,000 patients choose blepharoplasty to reduce the effects of aging around the eyes that make us all appear older and more tired than we actually are.

Aging is not the only culprit for tired looking eyes or under eye bags. Chronic allergies, obesity, the use of certain medications and even eye muscle overgrowth all contribute to making us look tired, older, or even angry.

Drooping eyelids can impair vision, as well as make us look older than we are, or how we feel. Blepharoplasty eyelid lifts correct both issues, while simultaneously eliminating the under eye puffiness that makes some patients looked tired and worn-out.

Reasons for Choosing Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery

Various eyelid treatments are available, from over the counter creams and gels, to topical ointments available only by prescription. However, most products do not come with a guarantee and many have lackluster results. In a small number of cases, surgical procedures do not offer a perfect solution either, but satisfactory outcomes are much more common with facial plastic surgery than with over-the-counter creams and ointments. However, it is essential to understand that this procedure cannot alter wrinkles or fine lines around the eyes or eliminate dark circles. Similarly, it is not a remedy for sagging eyebrows. For this reason, Dr. Hecht may also suggest skin resurfacing, a facelift or a brow lift in conjunction with the eyelid surgery in order to ensure the best possible outcome. Having both procedures done at the same time is a highly convenient and effective option, but of course, this is something that each patient must discuss with a board-certified facial plastic surgeon.

Choosing the Best Facial Plastic Surgeon in Scottsdale

Successful facial plastic surgery procedures depend on a good rapport between surgeon and patient. The consulting stage prior to the procedure is one of the most important aspects of any successful cosmetic surgery. Surgeon and client must have a relationship based on trust and realistic expectations. In addition, any facial plastic surgeon must have the appropriate experience, credentials and talent to complete the surgery in a satisfactory manner. The best facial plastic surgeons in Scottsdale are board-certified by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) and understand the value of a good relationship and will not hesitate to answer any questions and thoroughly explain the procedure with patience and understanding.

Is a Blepharoplasty the Right Choice for You?

Scottsdale Upper Eyelid BlepharoplastyBlepharoplasty surgery is designed to remove excess skin, muscle and fat from both the lower (lower blepharoplasty) and upper lids (upper blepharoplasty). The results are a more refreshed appearance, and a firmer, younger looking eye area. As with all types of cosmetic surgery, realistic expectations are a prerequisite. In addition, to be a good candidate for eyelid surgery, your surgeon will evaluate your medical history and expectations during a consultation.

Patients suffering from certain medical conditions, such as circulatory problems or ophthalmological issues must rely on the skills of their own diagnostician or specialist to decide whether or not blepharoplasty is a viable option. Additionally, an initial consultation with a qualified facial plastic surgeon can assist each prospective client to decide if any other cosmetic procedures would complement the eyelid surgery or increase the success rate of the procedure. Dr. Hecht will work with you and any other physicians managing your ongoing health care to determine the best options for your situation. This will help ensure a safe surgery and better outcome.

The surgery may be completed with a general or a local anesthetic, and this is also something that must be determined by the patient’s surgeon, with the former’s input considered. Regardless of which type of anesthetic is used, the surgeon will make tiny incisions along the eyelid’s natural crease and then separate the skin to remove the fatty tissue and tighten the surrounding muscles and skin. The incision is typically closed with stitches and the result is an upper eye area that is smooth and free of wrinkles.

Expectations Following Facial Plastic Surgery Procedures

Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty ResultsImmediately following eyelid surgery, Dr. Hecht will apply ointment to the area to minimize dryness around the eyes. He will also instruct you to keep the area uncovered. A certain amount of bruising and swelling is normal and not typically a cause for concern. Elevating your head while lying down and placing cold compresses over your eyes will relieve discomfort and enhance healing.  Dr. Hecht may also prescribe medications to help you feel more comfortable.

For approximately 10 days following the procedure, the eye area must be cleaned daily. This will prevent the eyes from feeling itchy, dry and sticky. Eye drops are usually recommended, and a list of environments and activities that must be avoided in the weeks immediately following the procedure will be provided to you. If permanent stitches were used after the surgery, they will be removed approximately 5 days after the procedure. Those given dissolving stitches or on whom surgical glue was used will find that such products will disintegrate naturally.

Aesthetic facial plastic surgery is a great option to correct many facial flaws and signs of premature aging. Such characteristics can undermine self-esteem and erode confidence; however, if you choose to transform your appearance with the help and skill of a board-certified facial plastic surgeon in Scottsdale like Dr. David A. Hecht, you can gain back the confidence of your youth.

Will Insurance Cover an Eyelid Surgery?

Insurance does not generally cover procedures that are sought for purely cosmetic reasons; however, surgery to improve or correct vision or procedures for eye injuries or deformities may be considered reimbursable in whole or in part by medical insurance. Therefore, it pays to inquire about this in advance.  It’s every patient’s responsibility to understand their insurance coverage.  Our staff is happy to assist you with this process as well.

The best way to determine if a cosmetic procedure is a wise option is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified facial plastic surgeon. A satisfactory outcome after such a procedure ultimately depends on having realistic expectations, making an informed decision, and finding a surgeon who is skilled, qualified, has a proven track record, and has a good rapport with his patients.  After a consultation with Dr. David Hecht, you will find out why so many patients come to our Scottsdale facial plastic surgery practice for their blepharoplasty surgeries as well as other facial plastic surgery procedures, such as rhinoplasty, facelifts and more.

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