The 2012 report released by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery revealed that people 51 and older accounted for 37 percent of all cosmetic procedures. Blepharoplasty and facelift were two of the more common procedures in this age group.
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that repairs drooping upper eyelids and puffy under eye bags. During the natural process of aging, the muscles supporting your eyelids weaken. Excess fat is able to gather above and below the eyelids creating sagging upper eyelids and bags beneath the eyes. Typically, this is little more than an unsightly nuisance, but in some seniors drooping upper eyelids lead to vision obstruction.
The surgical procedure takes just a couple of hours to complete and is most often performed as an outpatient surgery. You have the procedure done and go home that same day. Following the surgery, there may be some discomfort, bruising, and minor swelling, but this disappears fairly quickly. Scars are minimal because the incisions are made in the natural creases of the eyelids.
A rhytidectomy, or facelift, is a form of cosmetic surgery designed to improve your face and neck. Surgical incisions are made around the hairline and ears. Excess skin and fat may be removed, the underlying muscles and tissue may be tightened, and the skin is then re-draped and the sutures closed.
Facelifts are meant to tighten loose skin around the lower face and neck, improve the jawline, and reduce the appearance of jowls. Once healed, you’ll look younger and refreshed with increased self-confidence.
Most often performed as an outpatient procedure, this allows you to go home the same day as your facelift. You should rest with your head elevated, avoid putting weight on the incisions, and take pain relievers as necessary. Your doctor will advise you against wearing clothing that pulls over the head – zip-up or button-up shirts are best. You also need to avoid alcoholic beverages for a few weeks following the surgery.
Dr. Kulak is a specialist in helping reduce the signs of facial aging, with locations in Reston, Virginia, and Chevy Chase, Maryland. Call her today at (703) 481-0002 or (301) 222-2020 to schedule a consultation.