Eyelid Surgery Before and After Pictures

I'm considering blepharoplasty for upper and lower eyelids, and I've been looking at before and after pictures -- and I like what I've seen. However, I'm wary of looking at just the best results. How many is a good number for a surgeon's portfolio and can I expect to see photos of eyelid surgery scars? It seems like most have eyes open and make up on.

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Eyelid surgery before and after photos

When evaluating before and after photos first look only at the "after" image alone.  Does this look like a photograph of someone who has had plastic surgery? If a plastic surgeon has dozens of images of natural looking results, that is a start. But it isn't the only way to evaluate your plastic surgeon.
Check your doctors background and training. Speak to previous patients and yes, do view many before a=nad after photographs.

Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 118 reviews

Photos don't tell the whole story for eyelid procedures

Your question is a great one because photos don't tell the whole story. I too wonder whether surgeons show all their photos or just the best results. And photos with makeup may be misleading. In my practice, I do not show any facial photos, in person or on my website as my patient population wants confidentiality.

I prefer to have prospective patients speak with others in the practice who have undergone the procedure in which they are interested. It is important that you are comfortable with your surgeon and that you share an understanding about your goals and concerns and the limitations of the procedure. And of course make sure that you are seeing a surgeon who is board certified to do the surgery you are requesting.

Elizabeth Slass Lee, MD
Bay Area Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 54 reviews

Eye lid pictures don't show scars

Most eye lid procedures produce a very small and barely perceptible scar. The most important thing with eye lid photos is the appearance of the eye and the amount of skin that is left. Use eye photos on the web to see the type of correction that is possible and see if this applies to you.

You are right to be skeptical about web photos because they are selected photos that show good results. There is no way to know for sure just by looking at photos. Have a candid conversation with your surgeon and make sure you feel good about your ability to communicate with him or her.

Best Wishes.

Marcus L. Peterson, MD
Saint George Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Eyelid Surgery Photos and Other Doctor Selection Tips

Looking at photos is just a single way to judge a plastic surgeon's talents but certainly not the best way. There is no average amount to show or look at. Expert Eyelid surgeons include Board Certified Plastic Surgeons, Facial Plastic Surgeons (ENT), and ophthalmology. There is no such thing as a "eyelid fellowship". The most critical decision to be made in achieving the best plastic surgical result is picking the most experienced and talented, that is the best, plastic surgeon possible. Too often, patients choose a physician based on a catchy ad, the brand name of a technique, the basis of one or two before and after photos, or their web site’s search engine ranking. These criteria will not find the most experienced and talented plastic surgeon. See the below link on how I would research the identity of the best plastic surgeon for your eyelid surgery.#ChoosingEyelidSurgeon

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 154 reviews

Eyelid Surgery Photos

How many plastic surgeons are going to show you lousy photos of eyes they screwed up? Of course they are only going to show the good results. The more they have done the more photos they have. Talk to the doctor, experience, communication and trust are important. Photos can be doctored.

William B. Rosenblatt, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Photos Are Just a First Step in Finding the Best Facial Plastic Surgeon

Looking at before-and-after photos on the websites of facial plastic surgeons is only a first step in the research you need to do to find the best person to perform your blepharoplasty. Look into their credentials. Meet and interview several physicians in person. Look at the patient photos they keep in the office. Ask to speak to previous patients. Do not stop until you have found a facial plastic surgeon whom you trust and whose work is up to the standards you wish to achieve with your own procedure. I hope this helps.

Jonathan Kulbersh, MD
Charlotte Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 66 reviews

Eyelid Surgery Before and After Pictures

Blepharoplasty photos are important to see but they are not the entire story. I would make an appointment with several board certified Plastic Surgeons and then talk with them and see if you feel confident in their abilities and manner. Then review their photos with the surgeon and make your decision.

Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 109 reviews

Eyelid surgery photos in natural lighting with no makeup are best

Ideally, before and after pictures should be taken under standard conditions, with standard lighting, and standard camera settings, without any makeup on. In this way, pictures are more consistent and you can get a true sense of what to expect from the surgery.

With upper eyelid surgery, the scar falls in a natural skin crease. As a result, this scar is difficult to see both in real life and in pictures. With lower eyelid surgery, I most commonly make the incision on the inside of the eyelid so that this scar is not visible at all. Occassionally, when a scar must be made on the outside, it is placed immediately adjacent to the eyelid margin – right next to the eyelashes- so that it is very difficult to see as well. If this scar were visible, it would certainly be visible with the eyes open or closed, in pictures.

If you are not comfortable with the number or appearance of the before and after photos of your potential eyelid surgeon, you might consider asking the surgeon if you could have permission to speak with or to meet one or two of his previous eyelid surgery patients. I believe it is important to have patients available that are willing to share their results and experiences with other potential patients, to help them make their decision about their potential surgery.

You will probably find the real life no-make up picture of one of my patients featured on our patient experience blog very helpful.  She chronicled her whole experience. You can find our blog link off of my website (Search Category: blepharoplasty)

Michael R. Macdonald, MD
Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

There is no good number of pictures in a doctor's portfolio that guarantees a good surgical result.

I think it is a good idea to look at pictures at the doctor's office.  We will give the names of patients willing to discuss their experience and occasionally they will meet a prospective patient for a first hand look.  I think due diligence is the best way to select a surgeon.  If you have a family physician, have that doctor check out the reputation of the plastic surgeon.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

Before and after eyelid surgery pictures

Eyelid surgery is a delicate operation and should be performed by someone familiar with the intricacies. The appearance of the scars generally never cause much concern as they do conceal well without makeup with time.

The more important thing to assess from the pictures is the eyelid position. Make sure the upper eyelid is not too high or low and that the lower eyelid is not pulled down due to abnormal scarring. Ultimately, you should choose a surgeon with proper qualifications like board certification and that you trust.

Ankit Desai, MD
Jacksonville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

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