Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) consistently ranks as one of the most popular facial procedures among cosmetic surgery patients. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), more than 300,000 Americans undergo the blepharoplasty procedure every year. Reasons for undergoing eyelid surgery include a desire to look younger, eliminate a drooping eyelid appearance and tighten sagging skin around the eyes. It is popular with both women and men, especially those ranging in age from 40 to 69.
As a board-certified plastic surgeon performing blepharoplasty on patients who fit this profile, Dr. Kevin Bounds delivers outstanding results at Virginia Beach Plastic Surgery. However, some eyelid surgery patients request additional, non-surgical treatments in order to achieve more dramatic results.
What Eyelid Surgery Can Do
The blepharoplasty procedure can be incredibly versatile by achieving a variety of objectives. It can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both. The procedure removes fat and excess skin in order to lift and shape the eyelids. The puffiness, bags and drooping that cause people to look older or perpetually “sad” can be eliminated. Patients often look many years younger, in addition to appearing more rested and rejuvenated. Those who have vision problems due to skin drooping into the line of sight are also able to see better.
When Eyelid Surgery Isn’t Enough
For those who undergo eyelid surgery to reverse the visible effects of aging around the eyes, there may be additional problems that require separate treatments. One of the most common problems is wrinkles around the eyes, whether those wrinkles are forehead creases, frown lines or “crow’s feet.” In these cases, many patients opt for non-surgical treatments in addition to the surgical procedure.
Non-Surgical Options with Eyelid Surgery
During your consultation for blepharoplasty, Dr. Bounds can assess which type of non-surgical treatment — a neurotoxin such as Botox or a dermal filler injectable like Juvederm, Restylane or Revance — would best complement the results of your eyelid surgery. The non-surgical option he recommends may depend on the location, size and depth of your lines and wrinkles, in addition to your degree of skin elasticity.
Botox and other neurotoxins work by blocking the chemical that causes muscle contractions. When injected at the site of a facial line or wrinkle, a neurotoxin paralyzes the muscle causing the wrinkle to prevent it from contracting and eliminate its visibility for about three to four months.
Dermal fillers use naturally occurring substances such as hyaluronic acid to fill in specific types of lines, creases and hollows in the skin while increasing collagen production. They are often recommended for deeper wrinkles and facial folds, with results lasting six to twelve months.
Contact Plastic Surgery of Virginia Beach About Non-Surgical Treatments
If you are interested in eyelid surgery in combination with non-surgical injectable treatments, call Dr. Bounds to discuss your options. Schedule a consultation at Plastic Surgery of Virginia Beach by calling (757) 496-7373, or by filling out our online contact form.