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Category: Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty: Is Eyelid Surgery Right for You?

Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, can remove excess fat, skin, and muscle tissue from the upper and lower eyelids. The purpose of blepharoplasty is usually to correct age-related skin laxity and to restore a proper appearance and function to the eyelids. If you’re not sure whether eyelid surgery is right for you, here is some useful information regarding who is a good candidate for blepharoplasty.

An Aged Appearance

When your droopy eyelids cause you to look tired and aged, you may be the perfect candidate for eyelid surgery. Blepharoplasty can correct puffiness or bags under your eyes and drooping upper eyelids to restore a more youthful and rested appearance. However, it does not correct crow’s feet, dark circles, or sagging eyebrows. If any of these are an issue for you, consider using other treatments or procedures to improve your appearance, such as a brow lift, facelift, or facial injectables.

Vision Obstruction

If your upper eyelids are obstructing your vision, you may be an excellent candidate for blepharoplasty. Your insurance company may cover your eyelid surgery if you can prove that your drooping upper eyelids are interfering with your sightlines. Eyelid surgery can correct this condition by removing excess tissue so that your eyelids will not hang over your eyes.

Age

Age is a huge factor in qualifying for eyelid surgery. Most patients will be at least age 35 because it is usually after this point in life that age-related skin laxity begins to cause problems with the eyelids. However, individuals with droopy or baggy eyelids in their family history may qualify to undergo blepharoplasty at a younger age.

Men or Women

Men and women alike can qualify for blepharoplasty. The procedure works well for individuals of either gender.

Physically Healthy

In order to undergo eyelid surgery, you should be physically healthy. You should have no major chronic eye conditions or other health conditions. Certain health conditions such as hypothyroidism, high blood pressure, diabetes, Graves’ disease, cardiovascular disease, and other circulatory disorders may increase the risk of complications. Additionally, chronic dry eyes, a lack of tears, glaucoma, a detached retina, or other eye conditions could disqualify you for the procedure. To protect your health and your eyes, consult your ophthalmologist before seeking eyelid surgery. Those with contacts or glasses may still qualify for eyelid surgery if their eyes are otherwise healthy.  

Mentally Healthy

Stable mental, emotional, and psychological health is necessary to qualify you for blepharoplasty. You should only undergo the procedure for your own reasons, not to please others, and you should be mentally prepared for the procedure and the recovery.

Realistic Expectations

Even with a highly skilled plastic surgeon, there is no guarantee that the results of your procedure will match your ideal appearance. Eyelid surgery is not meant to completely change your appearance to fit an unrealistic ideal; it is meant to restore a more youthful and aesthetically pleasing appearance that best flatters your unique anatomy. It is important that you have realistic expectations about the procedure and that you communicate your goals to Dr. Scroggins with as much detail as possible so that he can help you achieve them.

To learn more about blepharoplasty and whether or not it is right for you, schedule your consultation with Dr. Carlton Scroggins. He will analyze your health, your eyelids, your anatomy, and your goals to determine the best way to help you. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Scroggins, call (301) 220-0400 or fill out our online contact form today.

How Long Do Plastic Surgery Results Last?

shutterstock_113038492With the desire of many to maintain a youthful appearance and look their best, plastic surgery has seen a steady increase over the last few decades. And the variety of treatments that exists today allows patients to undergo procedures to improve virtually any physical aspect of their face and/or body. While plastic surgery is typically very safe and effective, some often wonder how long the results will last.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation enhances the shape, volume, and projection of the breasts using either saline or silicone implants. Although implants are not considered to be lifetime devices, the results of this procedure can last for ten to twenty years or longer.

Liposuction

Liposuction removes stubborn fat deposits from areas all over the body through a thin hollow tube, called a cannula, connected to a state-of-the-art suctioning device. The results from this procedure are intended to be permanent as long as patients maintain a stable weight. It’s important that liposuction not be viewed as a form of weight loss surgery.

Eyelid Lift

An eyelid lift, also called “blepharoplasty,” restores a youthful appearance to the face by eliminating excess fat and sagging skin in the eye area. Done well, results from an eyelid lift can last between 10 and 15 years. Although an eyelid lift will not stop the natural aging process, a youthful appearance can be maintained by living a healthy lifestyle and protecting your face from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays at all times.

If you would like to know more about the procedures we offer or wish to schedule a consultation, please call our practice at (301) 220-0400 or fill out our online contact form. Dr. Carlton Scroggins is a board-certified plastic surgeon and strives to provide you with satisfying results. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Plastic Surgery Misconceptions

With the rise in popularity of plastic surgery over the last few decades and the media attention on celebrity plastic surgeries gone wrong, many people have a misguided idea of this medical specialty. Here is the truth to several common misconceptions about plastic surgery.

Misconception: Plastic Surgery Results Look Fake

The term ‘plastic surgery’ covers a wide range of procedures and treatments, and when they are performed by a trained and experienced plastic surgeon, the results can appear completely natural. Although some celebrity breast augmentations and facial implants may look fake, this is often because the person desired that appearance or they underwent the surgery with a doctor who was not qualified. Making sure that your surgeon is trained and experienced in performing the procedure you desire will ensure that you get the most natural-looking results possible.

Misconception: Plastic Surgery Is All About Vanity

Plastic surgery encompasses the fields of cosmetic surgery as well as reconstructive surgery. Cosmetic plastic surgery is probably what comes to mind when someone mentions plastic surgery, and this field focuses on creating an appearance that is aesthetically pleasing. Rather than undergoing procedures to be vain, most people have cosmetic surgery to significantly improve their confidence and relieve anxiety they have about their appearance.

Collage of words about plastic surgeryReconstructive plastic surgery provides a normal appearance and regular functioning of the body as a result of an injury or birth defect. A deformity can impair a person physically, and it can take a mental toll by causing a person to feel as though he or she is an outsider and not socially accepted. For example, reconstructive surgery for congenital abnormalities prevents children from the torment of being teased for an aspect of their appearance that is out of their control. Reconstructive hand surgery, burn scar revision, breast reconstruction after mastectomy, and cleft lip repair are just a few examples of reconstructive plastic surgery procedures.

Misconception: Plastic Surgery Is Only for Women

This presumption is most likely based on the fact that the majority of plastic surgery patients are women, but in recent years the number of men choosing to undergo plastic surgery has increased dramatically. Liposuction for a slimmer waist, rhinoplasty for improved nose shape, blepharoplasty for eyelid tightening, and gynecomastia surgery to reduce overdeveloped male breasts are the top four cosmetic surgeries that men underwent in 2012, according to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Less invasive procedures, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and skin resurfacing for facial rejuvenation, are among the most common plastic surgery treatments undergone by men.

Dr. Scroggins has been performing plastic surgery procedures for almost 20 years and specializes in cosmetic breast surgery and body contouring. If you are interested in plastic surgery in the Washington D.C. or Baltimore area, please call (301) 220-0400 or fill out our online contact form today to schedule your consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!

The Best Time To Undergo A Facelift

Female model touching her face with both handsYears ago, a facelift was strictly viewed as a specialty procedure that required weeks of recovery, which only the wealthy could afford. However, modern advancements in medical technology and techniques have made it possible for just about anyone to get a facelift with minimal downtime. Often, facelifts are combined with other facial procedures, such as eyelid lifts and brow lifts, in order to achieve even more facial rejuvenation. Given all that plastic surgery has to offer, when is the optimal time to undergo a facelift?

Each year, over 125,000 facelifts are carried out in the United States, with the largest number being performed on patients 50 to 65 years of age. Although most people do not have a facelift done until their 40’s or 50’s, it is not uncommon for individuals in their 30’s to undergo this procedure. In other words, since every person ages differently, there is no specific age that a facelift must be performed.

A facelift typically takes years off a person’s appearance by eliminating various signs of aging on the face, including:

  • Sagging skin in the midface and neck

  • Wrinkles below the eyes

  • Creases around the nose and mouth

  • Displaced fat deposits in the cheeks

Individuals who decide to undergo a facelift should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations about the procedure. To ensure long lasting results, it is best that sun protection be worn to minimize skin damage.

If you feel that the appearance of your face is beginning to catch up with your age, we encourage you to contact our practice in the Greater Washington area today. Call (301) 220-0400 or fill out our online contact form today. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Carlton Scroggins, is dedicated to helping you achieve a youthful face that you can feel confident about.

 

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Carlton H. Scroggins, M.D.
7525 Greenway Center Dr.
Suite 113
Greenbelt, MD 20770
1010 Wayne Ave # 410
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 220-0400
Fax: 301-220-1719

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