Hi StillSouthern, thanks for your excellent question.
There is no medical reason to avoid undergoing a facelift at a later date after
your eye surgery. Although combining your surgeries may save you a bit of
recovery time or money on expenses such as surgeon's or facility fees, it's
perfectly safe to have your blepharoplasty now and keep your options open for
further facial rejuvenation later. Good luck with your decision!
Thanks for your question. The only real benefit
to having both eyes and face done at the same time is the potential slight
decrease in the cost and the fact that there will be 2 recovery times. Other
than those issues, the facelift and eyes are almost mutually exclusive and can
be addressed at separate times without affecting the other. I would suggest
doing the area that bothers you the most first. The other can wait and may not
be as troublesome to you after you address the major issue first. Best wishes!
In my opinion there is no downside to having your eyelids done first and waiting for your facelift at a later date. In fact this will shorten the duration of your facelift surgery and allow the surgeon to concentrate more on perfecting your facelift without concern about also doing the eyes.
It is very reasonable to stage cosmetic procedures in the face. Many people will address the eyes and, at a later date, address the face. Many factors need to be considered. The most important factors include the amount of time you have to heal and the intensity of the healing process. The downside to staging cosmetic procedures is that you have to have two or more separate procedures with the associated recovery time. Ultimately, there is no right or wrong answer and you can achieve a great result in either case as long as you choose an experienced facial plastic surgeon with proven results that you like.
is really no connection between doing the eyes and facelift together or
separately other than the need for anesthesia on two separate occasions
and the separate recovery times. We often do the upper face and months
or years later do the lower face or vice versa.
Your plan for staging your procedures is perfectly fine. Have already had blepharoplasty, chin work and fat grafting should not pose any issues.
In general, I tell patients that the best money you can spend is on the eyes. Nothing makes you look better than periorbital, or eyelid, rejuvenation to get rid of that tired, puffy, wrinkled look encompassing the eyes. While excess facial and neck skin, and facial volume loss are a nuisance, they are second only to the eyes.
So go ahead and treat your eyes first or do them at the same time, but not the other way around. "Here's looking at you kid,".....good luck.
There is not a downside to having your blepharoplasty (and possibly lipo) done first and waiting to have a facelift at a later time, as long as harmony of the face are maintained by the surgeon. Desirable aesthetics of the face usually depend on the balance between the upper, mid and lower face. You want to make sure that after your surgery your eyes do not look years younger than the rest of your face. When you meet with a plastic surgeon, just explain your surgery goals and your concerns about only having a blepharoplasty at this point.
In some cases some additional loose lower eyelid skin may be noted with the secondary facelift due to the fact that the face is lifted superiorly. If necessary it could be addressed at the time of the facelift. Good luck.
There's really no right or wrong answer to your question. If you're convinced you want the eyes in the face done I would do them together. If you're uncertain do only those operations that you're certain about.