Blepharoplasty in my NYC practice is popular for a number of reasons, but especially because of the procedure’s effectiveness, natural-looking results, and small, discreet scars. Although blepharoplasty, also called eyelid surgery, can create lifelong results, some people occasionally need to have the procedure a second time. I’ll explain here what you must think about when considering revisionary surgery.
Candidates for Revisionary Blepharoplasty
One of the most appealing elements of blepharoplasty is its ability to produce long-lasting if not lifetime results. Although uncommon, it is possible for people to develop sagging skin or recurrent bags beneath the eyes, and sometimes the condition is severe enough to impede vision. An individual with these rare complaints would typically be a candidate for secondary blepharoplasty.
Timing of a Second Surgery
As with any revisionary aesthetic procedure, a certain amount of time must pass after the first surgery before the second surgery can be safely performed. When it comes to blepharoplasty, I recommend waiting at least 6 months between the primary and secondary procedures. This allows the eyelids to fully heal, ensures it’s safe to proceed with the secondary procedure, and reduces the risk of complications or unfavorable results.
Extending the Benefits of Eyelid Surgery
While revisionary blepharoplasty is fairly rare, it is quite common for people to pursue “touch-up” or complementary procedures to enhance the benefits of eyelid surgery. My favorite techniques for refining and prolonging eyelid surgery results include:
- Skin resurfacing: This laser-based procedure is a great complement to eyelid surgery because it smooths out fine lines, creates more even skin tone and texture, and improves the skin’s integrity. Using laser energy, this treatment stimulates collagen development and, in some cases, ablates the outermost layers of the skin. We can customize our laser-based services to precisely fit your specific treatment and recovery needs.
- BOTOX® Cosmetic: This injectable product uses an active ingredient that reduces muscle activity in the locations where it’s administered. Reduced muscle movements result in fewer wrinkles, such as crow’s feet. Continued use of BOTOX can actually create long-term smoothness of the skin and augment the benefits of eyelid surgery.
- Dermal fillers: When judiciously applied, dermal fillers can add volume to the temples and hollow areas beneath the eyes. Fillers can enhance the results of a blepharoplasty by plumping away wrinkles and creating a fuller and more youthful appearance.
Blepharoplasty is well-established as one of the longest-lasting surgical rejuvenation techniques. Although it’s unlikely for people to require revisionary or secondary eyelid surgery, some patients do require a second procedure. Much more frequently, however, people chose nonsurgical options to maintain their surgical results.
Whether you have previously undergone eyelid surgery and are searching for an appropriate maintenance routine or you’re still considering surgery and are curious about the long-term upkeep, read more about the procedure in related blog posts. I think you’ll find the longevity of blepharoplasty makes the procedure excellent value.