Eye liftsEye lifts are for many, but not all patients

Eye lifts are very popular — 92 percent of those who undergo eyelid surgery of one form or another think it’s worth it, according to realself.com. Even by the standards of facial plastic surgery, these are good results.

If you plan to get one, you should know that there are some problems that can arise after surgery. Dry eye, due to reduced blinking, is one of the more common problems, especially if you have thyroid problems. This is why you shouldn’t get an eye lift if you are already suffering from dry eye or have thyroid problems. Another problem that sometimes appears is brief periods of double vision. If you have double vision, blurry vision (abnormal blurry vision, that is, not the kind that can be fixed by the right prescription lenses) or other vision problems, you shouldn’t get an eye lift. If you have diabetes, make sure it is well managed, and get clearance from your primary care physician before you undergo eyelid surgery. It’s also the case that sometimes the problem is not with the eyelids, but with the skin of the forehead sagging into their space.

If an eye lift turns out to be a bad idea for you, don’t worry. Similar effects can be achieved in Charlotte, NC byusing BOTOX, laser treatments or radiofrequency treatments. Your surgeon will decide what method to use based on your particular needs.

Preparing for the surgery and recovery

When you undergo an eye lift, as with any plastic surgery, you should stop smoking or drinking for a couple of weeks before the surgery. Don’t take ibuprofen, aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs before the surgery. Tell your surgeon about any other medications you might be taking, and follow his or her advice on using them before surgery.

Eye lift patients usually make a full recovery in two weeks, and the bruising fades a few days later. While waiting for this, you should rest your eyes and keep them out of the sun — if you must go outside, use sunglasses. Resting, keeping your head elevated, using cold packs and following your surgeon’s advice will help your eyelids heal faster.

Charlotte’s most experienced facial plastic surgeon

The first step is to find out which procedure you need, and what else should be done. Dr. Sean Freeman is Charlottes most experienced facial plastic surgeon. He has practiced only facial plastic surgery since 1988, including procedures on the eyelids. His facility is state of the art, and he’s made a YouTube video that explains the procedure and shows several before and after photos of his eye lift patients. If you are interested in an eye lift, make an appointment or request an online consultation today.

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