Blepharoplasty is surgical repair or reconstruction of an eyelid. The procedure is usually performed through external surgical incisions made along the natural skin lines (creases) of the upper and the lower eyelids. These creases hide the surgical scars from view, especially when affected in the skin creases below the eyelashes of the lower eyelid. A blepharoplasty operation usually requires 1–3 hours to complete.
Post-operatively, the initial swelling and bruising due to the surgery will subside and resolve within 1–2 weeks. The final, stable results of the correction will become apparent after several months. The results of a blepharoplasty procedure are best appreciated by comparing pre- and post-operative (before-and-after) photographs of the eye region of the patient.
A forehead lift, also sometimes referred to as a brow lift, is a surgical procedure to change the position of the soft tissues of the forehead and, thereby, the appearance of the upper face and also reduce sagging of skin in the eyebrows and above the nose. A good candidate for a forehead lift has one or more of the following:
- Deep furrows between the eyes
- Horizontal wrinkles on the forehead
- A nose that doesn’t work properly
- Sagging brows
- Tissue that hangs down at the outer part of the eyelids
A facelift, known as a rhytidectomy, is a type of cosmetic surgery procedure used to give a more youthful facial appearance. There are multiple surgical techniques. It usually involves the removal of excess facial skin, with or without the tightening of underlying tissues, and the redraping of the skin on the patient’s face and neck. Facelifts are effectively combined with eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) and other facial procedures and are typically performed under general anesthesia or deep twilight sleep.
Right after surgery, your nose and face will be swollen and painful. Headaches are common. The nasal packing is usually removed after 3 to 5 days after which you will feel more comfortable. Full recovery takes several weeks. Healing is a slow and gradual process. The tip of the nose may have some swelling and numbness for months. You may not be able to see the final results for up to a year.
Rhinoplasty is plastic surgery performed on the nose. The surgery can be performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on the exact procedure and the patient’s preference. The procedure usually takes 1 to 2 hours. Rhinoplasty is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures. It can be used to:
- Reduce or increase the size of the nose
- Change the shape of the tip or the nasal bridge
- Narrow the opening of the nostrils
- Change the angle between the nose and the upper lip
- Correct a birth defect or injury
- Help relieve some breathing problems
Septorhinoplasty is related to rhinoplasty and is performed for patients who also have a nasal obstruction. Septorhinoplasty not only improves the appearance of the nose, but it removes any internal obstructions that may be blocking breathing through the nose.