Blepharoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure to reduce the appearance of sagging eyelids and in some cases can improve vision. While blepharoplasty complications are rare in Tampa, it is important to have the procedure done by a well-qualified surgeon to ensure good results. This article will detail the procedure, the benefits and the potential blepharoplasty complications. Plus give you some tips on selecting the right plastic surgeon in Tampa for the job.
Eyelid Surgery and Blepharoplasty Complications
Eyelid surgery is often the only way to reduce droopy eyelids that can impact your appearance and in some cases, your vision. Age and overexposure to the harsh Tampa sunshine can contribute to sagging eyelids. Genetics can also play a role in the development of hanging eyelids, especially within certain ethnic groups. While the condition is not dangerous unless the vision is greatly obstructed by baggy upper lids, it can be a source of frustration for those affected. Often droopy eyelids make one look older than their years and can be mistaken for a sign of sickness or inebriation.
Blepharoplasty can rejuvenate your appearance by removing excess skin and extra fat from the eyelids. It can be done on either the upper eyelids, lower lids or both areas at the same time if warranted. Depending on the area to be corrected, a plastic surgeon will make a tiny incision along the natural fold of the eyelid to tighten the tissue or make a small incision along the inside of the lid. This can be done with either a traditional scalpel or with a laser to eliminate the bagginess and allow the eyes to fully open. Because the skin is so delicate, it takes a very skilled hand to complete the procedure in a way that looks natural and will not leave any noticeable scar tissue.
Blepharoplasty Complications Can Be Avoided
While blepharoplasty complications are rare, the most common complaints are lasting scars left after the procedure, inability to fully close the eyes and dry or irritated eyes. The most serious is the inability to shut the eyes and occurs if too much tissue is taken from the upper eyelid. The lasting scars are usually not a medical problem, but are not desirable in any case. Scars and irritated eyes (caused by internal scar tissue rubbing against the eye) are a constant reminder of work done by an inexperienced plastic surgeon that made incisions in the wrong location or made larger incisions than necessary. To avoid any possible complications, it is imperative to choose a well-experience, board certified plastic surgeon and be sure to have the procedure done in an accredited medical facility.
Dr. Dominic M. Castellano of Elite Facial Plastic Surgery says he gets the best results using a laser to make tiny incisions along the natural fold of the eyelid. The precision laser helps to reduce bruising and swelling and is far less likely to leave a noticeable scar. “Our goal is to leave the patient looking naturally younger and more refreshed following the procedure, rather than ‘surprised’ or overly alert.” Dr. Dominic is well-known for his ability to preserve the patient’s natural features while helping achieve optimal results.
Select Experienced Plastic Surgeon for Blepharoplasty Procedure
The most important process of your prospective blepharoplasty is choosing your eye lid surgeon very carefully. Consult with and interview a few surgeons and then choose whom you feel most comfortable. Dr. Castellano suggests that no matter which plastic surgeon you select, that you make sure that the surgeon is well certified and extremely experienced in the blepharoplasty procedure. Ask to schedule a consultation to discuss the details in advance and to get referrals from other patients.
If you are interested in learning more about eyelid surgery to reduce sagging eyelids, please call (813) 975-3223 to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Dominic. Elite Facial Plastic Surgery is a fully accredited medical facility located in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Dominic Castellano is double-board certified and is a highly respected and experienced plastic surgeon.