Blepharoplasty: What To Expect

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can repair a number of functional and aesthetic challenges. Loose or sagging skin that creates folds may disturb the natural contour of the upper eye, impairing vision. Blepharoplasty can also reduce or remove fatty deposits that create a “puffy” look in the eyelids and improve bags under the eyes, as well as dropping which causes the white of the eye to show below the iris.

Am I a Good Candidate?blepharoplasty

A blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure, so it’s important that a candidate is in good health, is a non-smoker and does not have any serious eye conditions. Diabetics, heart patients, and others who have conditions which may inhibit healing may not be good candidates. When you come in for your initial consultation, Dr. Rast will discuss your medical history, specific concerns and goals, and options for your procedure.

 

The Blepharoplasty Procedure

On the day of your surgery, you’ll need someone to drive you home and possibly to help you for a day or so afterward, as your vision will be impaired. The treatment is usually carried out as an outpatient procedure. You will be given medication to help with relaxing, and numbing medication will be injected into the eyelids. The upper lid incision is normally done along the fold so that any scarring will be minimally visible. The incision to the lower lid goes just below the lash line. Once the corrections are made to the muscle, fat, and other tissue, the incisions are closed and you will spend some time recovering under supervision before your driver takes you home.

Recovery

At home, you’ll want to apply ice packs for about ten minutes during every hour for the evening after the surgery. The next day you can reduce the frequency of the ice packs. You’ll gently clean your eyelids, following the post-care instructions you’re given, and apply prescribed eye drops and ointment. Avoid swimming, heavy lifting, and straining for a week, and do not insert contact lenses for at least two weeks following your surgery. Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium for the first week. Instead, use acetaminophen to control any discomfort. Be sure to follow post-surgical instructions carefully and follow up with Dr. Rast if you have any questions or concerns.

Can I Get My Pre-baby Body Back With A Mommy Makeover?

mommy makeoverHaving children is, for most, a moving, spiritual, life-changing experience. The universal experience of childbirth is change. Whether your pregnancy and birth was difficult or a breeze, whether you breast or bottle fed, or had your baby via cesarean or natural birth, chances are good you’ve noticed some drastic changes. Some of the changes may have been pleasing; others, a cause for dismay. If you’re noticing sagging, stretching, and a “pouch” left behind by childbearing, a mommy makeover may be the answer to getting back to your pre-baby self.

What Is a Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover isn’t just one cosmetic procedure. In fact, it’s several procedures done in conjunction that address a variety of concerns. A mommy makeover may entail a tummy tuck, targeted liposuction, and a breast lift. The procedures you choose to include in your mommy makeover will depend upon your specific concerns and goals. Dr. Rast will be happy to discuss the specifics when you come in for your consultation.

When Should I Get a Mommy Makeover?

It’s important to wait until your body has healed from the difficulties of having your baby, especially if you had a C-section. Once your family is complete and your body has had time to fully heal from the hard work of giving birth, you can begin to consider doing something kind for yourself. A mommy makeover procedure entails several cosmetic surgery treatments, so it’s important that you’re in good overall health. You should stop smoking and limit your alcohol intake in the weeks leading up to the procedure. Be sure to discuss any medical challenges or concerns with your team prior to the surgery.

Are the Results Permanent?

As long as you do not become pregnant again following your procedure, and maintain near to your ideal weight, the results of your mommy makeover procedure are permanent. Everyone’s body changes with aging and weight gain and loss, so maintaining your results will mean keeping up on your fitness and exercise routine. Talk to Dr. Rast about how to best care for your body following your mommy makeover, and enjoy the results for a lifetime.