Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a specialized plastic surgery procedure offered at Dr Veerle Rotsaert’s clinic in Belgravia, London. This procedure focuses on rejuvenating the delicate tissues of the upper and lower eyelids, which often show signs of aging earlier than other areas of the face. By addressing issues such as sagging skin, wrinkles, and drooping eyelids, eyelid surgery can help you achieve a refreshed and more youthful appearance.
During the procedure, loose skin and, in some cases, excess fat are surgically removed from the eyelids, resulting in a more open and wide-awake look. The aim is to eliminate the tired and aged appearance that can make you constantly look fatigued, impacting your confidence and self-esteem. Eyelid surgery can also make the application of makeup easier and enhance your overall facial harmony.
Pre-procedure Preparation: Prior to your eyelid surgery with Dr Veerle Rotsaert, it is essential to prepare yourself physically and mentally. You may be advised to avoid certain medications or supplements that can increase bleeding, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or herbal supplements. It is also important to arrange for someone to accompany you to the clinic on the day of the procedure and assist you afterward if needed. Dr Rotsaert will provide you with specific instructions tailored to your unique situation during your pre-operative consultation.
Risks and Potential Complications: Like any surgical procedure, eyelid surgery carries some inherent risks. Dr Veerle Rotsaert will thoroughly discuss these potential complications with you during your consultation. These risks may include temporary swelling, bruising, dry eyes, infection, scarring, or temporary blurred vision. Dr Rotsaert will explain the measures taken to minimise these risks and will address any concerns you may have, ensuring you are well-informed and confident about your decision to proceed.
Pre-procedure Instructions: In order to achieve optimal results from your eyelid surgery, there are certain pre-procedure instructions that Dr Rotsaert will provide. These instructions may include avoiding smoking and alcohol consumption leading up to the surgery, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and following a balanced diet. Dr Rotsaert may also recommend applying a prescribed ointment to the eyelid area prior to the procedure to ensure the skin is in the best possible condition.
Preparing for Recovery: Understanding what to expect during the recovery period is crucial for a smooth healing process. Dr Veerle Rotsaert will guide you through the recovery instructions, which may involve applying cold compresses to reduce swelling, keeping your head elevated while resting, and taking prescribed medications as directed. It is important to arrange for someone to help you with daily activities during the initial days of recovery and to follow Dr Rotsaert’s recommendations for post-operative care to achieve the best possible results.
Questions to Ask: To ensure that you are fully informed and confident about your eyelid surgery, here are some questions you may consider asking Dr Veerle Rotsaert:
For eyelid surgery, the type of anaesthesia used will be determined based on your unique situation and the extent of the procedure. Dr Veerle Rotsaert may recommend either local anaesthesia with sedation or general anaesthesia. Local anaesthesia with sedation allows you to be relaxed and comfortable during the surgery while ensuring a pain-free experience. General anaesthesia, on the other hand, will render you completely unconscious throughout the procedure.
Dr Rotsaert will discuss the pros and cons of each option with you, taking into account factors such as your medical history, personal preferences, and the complexity of your surgery. Rest assured that your safety and comfort are of utmost importance, and the most suitable anaesthesia method will be chosen to ensure a smooth and successful procedure.
The duration of eyelid surgery can vary depending on the extent of the procedure and whether both upper and lower eyelids are involved. Typically, the surgery takes approximately 1 to 2 hours to complete. Dr Veerle Rotsaert will provide you with a more accurate time estimate during your consultation, after assessing your unique situation and discussing your specific goals.
It’s important to note that while the surgery itself may not take long, you should plan for additional time spent at the clinic for pre-operative preparations and post-operative monitoring. Dr Rotsaert and her dedicated team will guide you through the entire process, ensuring your comfort and providing the necessary care and attention.
Following eyelid surgery, you can expect to see noticeable improvements in the appearance of your eyes and the overall rejuvenation of your face. Dr Veerle Rotsaert’s expertise and attention to detail will ensure natural-looking results that enhance your facial harmony while preserving your unique features. The removal of excess skin and fat will result in a more youthful, refreshed, and wide-awake appearance.
During the recovery period, it is essential to follow Dr Rotsaert’s aftercare instructions diligently. This may include taking prescribed medications, applying topical treatments, and attending follow-up appointments. These measures will help minimise discomfort, promote proper healing, and optimise your final results. Dr Veerle Rotsaert and her team will be available to address any concerns or questions you may have during the recovery phase.
The timeframe for returning to normal activities after eyelid surgery can vary from patient to patient. Generally, it is recommended to plan for a downtime of about 7 to 10 days. During this initial recovery period, you may experience some swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort, which are normal and expected. Dr Veerle Rotsaert will provide you with specific guidelines on how to manage these symptoms and expedite the healing process.
While you may be able to resume light activities within a few days, it’s important to avoid strenuous exercise and activities that can strain your eyes for several weeks. By following Dr Rotsaert’s post-operative instructions and gradually easing back into your routine, you can ensure a smoother recovery and optimal results.
Dr Veerle Rotsaert is committed to achieving the best possible aesthetic outcome while minimizing visible scarring. During eyelid surgery, incisions are carefully made in discreet locations, such as the natural creases of the eyelids, to conceal any potential scarring. Over time, these incisions will fade and become significantly less noticeable.
It’s important to note that everyone’s healing process is unique, and individual factors can affect scarring. By diligently following Dr Rotsaert’s aftercare instructions and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you can help promote proper healing and minimise the appearance of scars. Dr Veerle Rotsaert will provide you with detailed guidance on scar management techniques and recommend suitable topical treatments, ensuring you achieve the best possible cosmetic outcome.
“As a plastic surgeon, I firmly believe that eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, can make a significant difference in enhancing both the aesthetics and functionality of the eyes. The eyes play a vital role in conveying emotions and expressions, and when excess skin or fat accumulates around the eyelids, it can lead to a tired or aged appearance. With eyelid surgery, I have witnessed the remarkable transformation it can bring, helping patients achieve a more youthful and refreshed look. By carefully considering each patient’s unique facial anatomy and desired outcome, I strive to create natural-looking results that harmonize with their overall facial features. My goal is to provide safe and effective eyelid surgery that not only enhances the aesthetics but also improves self-confidence and quality of life for my patients.”
Eyelid surgery does not typically require the use of garments. However, Dr Rotsaert may recommend the application of cold compresses or the use of special eye drops to help reduce swelling and promote healing during the initial recovery
Dr. Veerle is known for her meticulous approach and personalised treatment plans. She understands that each patient is unique, and takes the time to listen to their concerns and goals. With a deep understanding of the latest advancements in plastic surgery, Dr. Veerle utilises innovative techniques to achieve natural-looking and harmonious results.
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