Published: August 14, 2023
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Are you considering getting an eyelift to enhance your appearance and confidence this summer? Eyelift, also known as blepharoplasty, is a popular cosmetic procedure that can help rejuvenate your eyes by removing excess skin and fat, tightening muscles and reducing the signs of aging. Let’s explore the pros and cons of getting an eyelift, especially in the summer, to help you make an informed decision about your eye health.

Understanding Eyelift Surgery: What is it and How Does it Work?

An eyelift, or blepharoplasty, is performed to improve the appearance of eyelids. It can address issues such as droopy upper eyelids, under-eye bags, excess skin and puffiness. It involves removing or repositioning excess skin, fat and muscle to create a more youthful and open-eyed look.

Pros of Getting an Eyelift

Getting an eyelift offers several benefits that can significantly enhance your appearance and overall well-being. 

Here are some of the pros of undergoing an eyelift during summer:

  • Restored Youthful Appearance: An eyelift can effectively reduce the signs of aging around the eyes, giving you a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance.
  • Improved Self-Confidence: Many individuals experience a boost in self-confidence and self-esteem after getting an eyelift, as their eyes appear brighter, more alert, and refreshed.
  • Enhanced Vision: In some cases, excess eyelid skin can impair vision. By removing the excess skin, an eyelift can improve peripheral vision and overall eyesight.
  • Long-Lasting Results: While an eyelift cannot stop aging, its results are long-lasting. You can enjoy the benefits of your eyelift for many years to come.
  • Recovery Time: Summer vacations and longer breaks from work or school may provide an opportunity to have the procedure done, allowing for a more extended recovery period without disrupting your daily routine.
  • Sun Protection: After the surgery, your eyelids will be sensitive and much more susceptible to the sun. The summer months often have more intense sunlight, so you can take extra precautions to protect your eyelids from harmful UV rays and avoid damage when undergoing this surgery from July through September.
  • Lifestyle Adjustments: Depending on your lifestyle, you may find it easier to schedule an eyelift during the summer when your social calendar may be less busy. This can allow you to focus on the recovery process without feeling rushed or missing important events.

Possible Negatives of Getting an Eyelift

While there are numerous advantages to getting an eyelift, it’s also essential to consider the potential downsides. 

Here are some cons to consider, especially during the warm summer months:

  • Surgical Risks: Like any surgical procedure, an eyelift carries certain risks, such as bleeding, infection, scarring and adverse reactions to anesthesia. These risks are be minimized with a skilled and experienced surgeon.
  • Recovery Time: The recovery period after an eyelift can vary from person to person. Swelling and bruising are common and may take several weeks to subside completely. You may need to take time off work and avoid strenuous activities initially.
  • Cost: Eyelift surgery can be expensive and may not be covered by insurance if performed solely for cosmetic purposes. Consider the financial implications and plan accordingly.
  • Sun Exposure: After an eyelift, protecting your eyelids from excessive sun exposure is crucial, as it can lead to complications and slower healing. If you plan extensive outdoor activities during the summer, scheduling the surgery during a season with less intense sunlight may be wiser.
  • Heat and Swelling: The summer heat can exacerbate swelling and discomfort during recovery. 
  • Limited Vacation Time: If you have limited vacation time during the summer, it may be difficult to allocate a sufficient recovery period for the surgery. It’s essential to have ample time to rest and allow your body to heal properly.

The Eyelift Experience: Before, During and After

Preparing for an Eyelift

Before an eyelift, consult a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in facial procedures. During your consultation, the surgeon will evaluate your suitability for the procedure, discuss your goals and expectations and provide pre-operative instructions. These instructions may include avoiding certain medications, quitting smoking, and arranging for someone to drive you home after the surgery.

The Eyelift Procedure

On the day of the surgery, you will be administered anesthesia to ensure your comfort during the procedure. Incisions will be made along the natural creases of your eyelids to minimize visible scarring. The excess skin, fat and muscle will be removed as required to achieve desired results. The incisions will be carefully closed, and you will be taken to the recovery area.

Recovery and Post-Operative Care

After the surgery, you will need to take proper care of your eyes to ensure optimal healing and minimize complications. You may experience swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort, which can be managed with prescribed medication and cold compresses. Following your surgeon’s post-operative instructions, including avoiding strenuous activities, protecting your eyes from the sun and attending follow-up appointments to monitor your progress is essential.

Have an Eye-Opening Experience This Summer!

At Ridenour Plastic Surgery, we prioritize empowering you with confidence, comfort, and natural beauty. If you are considering an eyelid lift this summer, we invite you to discover the transformative possibilities that await you at our practice. Dr. Brock D. Ridenour, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, and his dedicated team in St. Louis, Missouri, are here to provide expert guidance and exceptional care.

To embark on your journey towards rejuvenated eyelids and a refreshed appearance, we warmly welcome you to schedule a consultation with us. Whether you have questions, seek personalized advice, or wish to explore the benefits of eyelid surgery, our team is ready to assist you. Don’t hesitate to contact us at (314) 501-7946 today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can anyone get an eyelift?

Eyelift surgery is suitable for individuals with good overall health and realistic expectations. However, it’s vital to undergo a thorough evaluation with a qualified surgeon to determine your suitability.

Is an eyelift a permanent solution?

While an eyelift cannot stop the natural aging process, its results are long-lasting. However, the natural aging of the face will continue over time.

How long does it take to recover from an eyelift?

The initial recovery period after an eyelift can last around one to two weeks, but it may take several months for all swelling and bruising to subside completely.

Can I combine an eyelift with other cosmetic procedures?

Many individuals combine an eyelift with other cosmetic procedures, such as a facelift or brow lift, for more comprehensive facial rejuvenation.

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