What is a Blepharoplasty procedure?
There is a prevalent surgical technique called Blepharoplasty that is performed on the upper and lower eyelids to repair droopy eyelids, remove extra skin, extract excess fat and leave you with healthy and beautiful eyelids. A “quad blepharoplasty” is a procedure in which both upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty’s are performed resulting in a complete eyelid rejuvenation for a patient. Eyelids, like any other parts of the human body, age. Usually in the way of sagging and/or wrinkling, usually this sagging is the first prevalent signs of aging that appear on an individual’s face. Upper and lower eyelids continually experience fat and skin accrual as an individual ages. The continued loss of volume and gain of excess skin and fat in patients eventually results in a progressively aged appearance that appears tired. Quad blepharoplasties are ideal for patients who are displeased with their upper and lower eyelids as they age.
Amongst the most common reasons, patients visit our office is for a quad blepharoplasty consultation. Dr. Abedi and our whole staff strive to perform a quad blepharoplasty procedure that not only refreshes your appearance but provides you with the most natural results while causing the most minimal downtime and discomfort in your daily life. Dr. Abedi’s years of experience and thousands of surgeries make her the ideal doctor to begin discussing a blepharoplasty procedure. While keeping with her years of training she always aims to leave you with the desired results and ensure the preservation of your natural appearance. Due to the nature of upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty surgery, Dr. Abedi will put into action a customized individual plan for your specific surgical needs and concerns. The procedure will be planned and discussed with you beforehand with the main goal of addressing both eyes as a whole in order to have a fully rejuvenated yet natural result.
Quad Blepharoplasty Procedure
A quad blepharoplasty procedure is the combination of the upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty procedures, linking all two procedures together at the same time allows for Dr. Abedi to make the procedural improvements of the lower eyelid and removal of excess fat while at the same time correcting the upper lid sag and reduced range of vision side effects it causes. The overall procedure for a quad blepharoplasty is somewhat short in length, it can be performed under sedation or even general anesthesia with sutures being removed in roughly a week after surgery. Most post-surgery swelling and bruising improves within 1 to 2 weeks as well, this is due to the fact that Dr. Abedi uses a combination of minimally invasive surgical procedures and advanced healing techniques that she implements in order to make your recovery process significantly shorter and less intrusive.
Dr. Abedi makes sure that upper lid incisions will almost always be minimally visual and that incisions are made in the creases that appear in your upper lids to ensure the most natural results. The incisions that are made in lower eyelid surgery, are not visible, allowing the patient to heal quickly with no change in the shape to the eyelid. Even though our office does everything in it’s power to reduce your recovery time we still recommend avoiding any kind of strenuous activity up to 2 weeks after your eye surgery. As for appearance, after a quad blepharoplasty, your eyes will be more open, look more alert and rejuvenated, improving your overall appearance usually about 2 weeks after your surgery is completed. There are patients who report seeing results much sooner than that time but based on our experience it may take several weeks for all swelling to go down even if the inflammation is mostly gone.
It is common for the lower eyelid to take longer to heal than the upper eyelid, it’s important to remember that the shape and swelling will continue to improve over the first few months after your surgery. Similar to any other eye surgery there is a little pain after a quad blepharoplasty procedure but most patients describe the pain as tolerable and can usually manage inflammation with icing and over the counter pain medication.
Considering having multiple procedures with a Quad Blepharoplasty?
A common procedure that patients elect to have in tandem with their quad blepharoplasty is fat repositioning which is the repositioning of fat to fill the hollowing beneath the eyes. Sometimes occurring at the same time as excess fat pockets, the loss of fat is another possible condition that can develop below a patient’s eyes. Dr. Abedi can reposition some of the excess fat to fill in the hollow spots underneath the eyes while performing a lower lid blepharoplasty.
The surgery for lower lid blepharoplasty will reduce the visible fat pockets that you have however if there is any minimal hollowing in your lower lids, midface, or cheek area, you may need to have some fat repositioning. Their area cases in which the hollowing/loss is more moderate in which fat grafting can resolve the problem, this procedure can also be done at the same time as a blepharoplasty procedure.
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