By Dr. Mohammed Abdulhafez
Many of us take a serious interest in how we look and how we feel. Proper nutrition and regular exercise are ways to enhance our personal appearance, and esthetic surgery offers an additional way.
Sun damage to the skin, smile, frown and worry lines, crows’ feet, and droopy or baggy eyelids are all telltale signs of age. Fortunately a plastic surgeon can help ease, or in some cases even erase many of these changes. This may include a skin care program, Botox or around-the-eye filler treatments, or it may involve eyelid surgery and skin resurfacing procedures.
You can achieve great success with cosmetic eye plastic surgery. Natural results, small and hidden incisions, mean that no one will know you have had surgery unless you choose to tell them. Your eye plastic surgeon relies on unique training and experience to tailor an approach that is just right for you. This is of vital importance because no two individual’s cosmetic needs are alike.
Do you need a facelift or will laser resurfacing, Botox and fillers be best? Should you have lower eyelid surgery to address bagginess, or would you be better off having a mid-facelift? These are questions that your eye surgeon can help you answer.
What can eye plastic surgery do?
Eye plastic surgery is not a fountain of youth, but it can effectively reduce puffy eyelids, bags beneath the eyes, wrinkles, growths and sun-damaged skin.
Will the surgery be painful?
In most cases there is little or no discomfort. I work with the anesthesiologist so the patient receives the most appropriate anesthesia, either local or general. Today’s short acting anesthetics make recovery rapid and comfortable.
What about recovery? How long does it take?
Following surgery the patient will need to give him or herself time to heal. Bruising and swelling are only temporary.
How soon can I go back to work?
In most cases recovery time is between five and ten days, depending on age and general state of health. Patients can return to telephone and computer work within 3 days.
How long does the improvement last for?
The results can last for many years. This depends on the unique skin type and how the patient cares for the skin after surgery. If the patient carefully protects the skin from damaging sun exposure, he or she will have a second chance at slowing down the sunlight –related aging process.
Are there scars after surgery?
The scars are hidden, or so small that they are not noticeable and by time they become invisible.
What non-surgical cosmetic enhancements are available?
Botox is a wrinkle reduction procedure that can reduce or eliminate wrinkles on the upper third of the face. It can be used to reduce the appearance of lines around the lips, across the forehead, around the corner of the eyes and between the eyebrows. It can also provide a small amount of lift to the lateral brows. I use only FDA-approved Botox.
Dermal fillers can be used to correct hollowness and static wrinkles around the eye, in addition to lifting the cheeks and decreasing the appearance of bags under the eyes, offering a non-surgical alternative to surgery.
Dr. Mohammed Abdulhafez. MD, FRCS.
Consultant, Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive surgery.
Fellow, American Society Of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive surgery “ASOPRS”
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