Members of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reported that brides sought more than pampering massages, manicures, and pedicures in 2012.
These brides-to-be headed to a facial plastic surgeon for cosmetic surgeries to help them look their best on the big day. The three most requested surgeries were blepharoplasty (48 percent), facelifts (42 percent), and rhinoplasty (50 percent).
Spring and summer wedding season is fast approaching, so now is the time to schedule consultations for these popular bridal plastic surgeries.
Commonly known as eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty involves the cosmetic enhancement of the upper and/or lower eyelids. This surgery lifts the eyelid to open the eyes, removes drooping skin, and gives the bride a well-rested appearance. When performed on the lower eyelid, the surgery helps remove bags and puffiness.
To perform a blepharoplasty, the surgeon consults with the bride over the preferred method of anesthesia. Options are IV sedation or local anesthesia. After the anesthesia takes effect, incisions are made within the crease of the upper eyelid and inside the lower eyelid. Correction of a drooping upper eyelid or bags under the eyes is performed by removing skin and excess fat.
Recovery for an eyelid surgery takes place at home. The eyelids will feel tight and sore for a few days. They may also feel dry and itchy with blurred vision and tearing. Your surgeon will recommend medications or eye drops that help alleviate these bothersome symptoms. Bruising and swelling are also possible and can take up to four weeks to clear up.
Approximately a week after the surgery, stitches are removed. You can return to normal routines prior to this, usually after a minimum of three days of rest. You do need to avoid strenuous activities for two weeks. Brides should time blepharoplasty at least a month prior to their wedding day to make sure bruises do not become a focal point in wedding portraits.
Facelifts, ideal for brides in their 40s to 70s, tighten loose skin on the lower cheeks, jawline, and neck. If you have jowls or the dreaded turkey gobbler neck and don’t want them taking over your wedding photos, talk to a facial plastic surgeon about a facelift.
With a facelift, general anesthesia or IV sedation are used. Incisions are made in the hairline near the temple. This incision then travels down the front of the ear, under the earlobe, and behind the ear. Skin is lifted from the muscle and fat tissue. Fat may be removed if it is excessive and tissue is tightened before the skin is draped over the new frame. Excess skin is then trimmed away.
The recovery following a facelift can seem long so this is also a surgery to time at least a month in advance. For the first week, rest is encouraged, sleeping with the head elevated to help with swelling. Swelling and bruising are common complaints following the surgery. After one week, stitches are removed. At this point, you need one more week before returning to work and light activities. Strenuous activities need to be avoided for three weeks.
Nose surgery (rhinoplasty) helps improve the symmetry or appearance of the nose. It is a beneficial surgery for removing a bump or hump, narrowing the nostrils, or improving the slope of the nasal tip.
The process begins with general anesthesia or IV sedation. Incisions are made on the skin between the two nostrils or within the nostrils, depending on the changes that need to be made. Bone and cartilage may be removed, added to, or altered to help create the new shape. Incisions are closed at the end of the procedure.
As you heal, there will be swelling and bruising. Bruising is especially noticeable around the eyes, but it fades in time. Most swelling fades in two weeks, but it can take a year for all swelling to fade. After one week passes, the stitches are removed. At that point, you should be okay to go back to work, providing your work is not strenuous. Aerobic programs are okay after two weeks, but heavy activities like contact sports or weight lifting should be avoided for four or more weeks.
Generally, visible swelling is gone in a couple weeks. If brides want to ensure their nose’s swelling doesn’t show up in photos, it may be better to plan a rhinoplasty months or even a year in advance.
Before choosing a doctor, ask if they offer preoperative computer imaging. Dr. Michael Schwartz, a renowned West Palm Beach facial plastic surgeon, does. He believes that digital imaging is the best way for brides and surgeons to discuss realistic surgery goals. You can see what the changes look like prior to the surgery and request changes until you’re happy with the potential results. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Schwartz, call his West Palm Beach facial plastic surgery practice at 561-655-5562.