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Am I A Good Candidate For Eyelid Surgery?

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Disclaimer: Results vary and are illustrated as a guide only.

Considering eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, to refresh your appearance? It’s natural to wonder if you’re a good candidate for this procedure. Whether you’re concerned about sagging skin, under-eye bags, or simply want to refresh your look, understanding who benefits most from eyelid surgery can help you make an informed decision. Here’s what you need to consider before taking the next step towards brighter, more youthful-looking eyes.

1. Physical Health

  • Good overall health: Candidates should generally be in good physical health and have no underlying medical conditions that could impair healing.
  • Eye conditions: Individuals with certain eye conditions such as dry eye or glaucoma may need clearance from an ophthalmologist before proceeding with surgery. A referral from your GP is also required before undergoing any cosmetic surgery.

2. Specific Eyelid Concerns

  • Excess skin: If you have significant sagging or loose skin that obscures the natural contour of the upper eyelids, you may benefit from upper eyelid surgery.
  • Under-eye bags: Lower eyelid surgery can be effective for individuals with puffiness or fat deposits under the eyes that contribute to a tired appearance.

3. Realistic Expectations

  • It’s crucial to have realistic expectations about what eyelid surgery can achieve. While it can produce subtle changes and improvements, it won’t necessarily completely change your facial structure or eliminate all signs of ageing.

4. Age Considerations

  • There are no specific age limits for eyelid surgery, but candidates are typically over 18 and generally in their 30s or older, when eyelid ageing becomes more pronounced.

5. Non-Surgical Alternatives

  • In some cases, non-surgical treatments such as, anti-wrinkle injections and fillers may provide satisfactory results for milder eyelid concerns. These options can be discussed with a qualified cosmetic surgeon.

6. Consultation with a Specialist Plastic Surgeon

  • The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for eyelid surgery is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon. During this consultation:
    • Your medical history will be reviewed.
    • Your eyelid anatomy and skin condition will be assessed.
    • Realistic goals and expected outcomes will be discussed.

Can eyelid surgery go wrong?

Like any surgical procedure, eyelid surgery carries potential risks and complications. While complications are rare when performed by a skilled surgeon, they can include infection, scarring, temporary discomfort such as dry eyes or blurry vision, asymmetry in eyelid appearance, and in rare cases, issues with wound healing. 

Deciding whether eyelid surgery is right for you involves careful consideration of your health, specific concerns, and expectations. Consulting with a qualified cosmetic surgeon will provide personalised guidance and help you determine if you are a suitable candidate for this procedure. To explore your options further, reach out to Artiste Plastic Surgery. Our Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Jack Zoumaras, can provide advice tailored to your individual needs and goals. Schedule a consultation today

Disclaimer: At Artiste Plastic Surgery, our Plastic Surgeons led by Dr Jack Zoumaras have been trained to the highest possible degree. All surgery has risks and it is always advised to get a second opinion. Risks are very real and we cannot guarantee any result. Results are illustrated as a guide only. All risks are managed and any need for revision surgery or complications (1-5%) can be managed by our specialist plastic surgeons.

Any statements on how you will feel is based on Level V Evidence:

Level V:  How you will feel after plastic surgery varies between individuals, depending on psychological and physical factors. Our internal research is based on how patients in our practice feel after surgery.

The blogs are not a substitute for a medical consultation and do not form as part of the doctor to patient relationship.


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