Get a Glimpse of the Future of Your Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery from the Philadelphia area’s Dr. Timothy Greco is an ideal way to rejuvenate an aging look. Lifting sagging and drooping upper lids can create a more awake and alert appearance, while removing sagging pouches below the eye can give the face a more youthful and rejuvenated look.

Patients who want to envision what a blepharoplasty can do for them—before deciding on the surgery—have two options at Dr. Greco’s practice.

First, Dr. Greco maintains an extensive photo gallery, available online, revealing the results of dozens of eyelid surgery patients. Men and women considering blepharoplasty can browse the images of real patients to get a general idea of what Dr. Greco can accomplish. This can give people an even better idea of how the results of the surgery may generally look on their own eyelids.

The before-and-after photos also show the results of eyelid surgery combined with other procedures and treatments, such as a facelift or laser skin resurfacing.

Second, Dr. Greco can use video imaging to create a realistic portrayal of what a specific patient could look like after the procedure. It can give patients the most definitive “preview” possible of what a lifted eyelid or reduce bags would do for the look of someone’s face.

In some cases, Dr. Greco and a blepharoplasty candidate decide to move forward with the surgery after a video imaging session. In other cases, they decide to explore a different approach in order to better deliver the results a patient is seeking.

No matter the ultimate decision, the goal is for every patient to approach their procedure or treatment with confidence. Feeling better about a decision prior to the surgery can actually lead to a better outcome, as patients know what to expect from their results and are less stressed. A more relaxed recovery can lead to shorter down time and improved healing.

Talk to Dr. Timothy Greco about eyelid surgery—for upper lids, lower lids, or both—and find out more about seeing his previous surgical results by scheduling an appointment with him at his Bala Cynwyd practice. Call (610) 664-8830 or reach out online.

Comparing Four Cosmetic Neuromodulators

Winter is the season associated with colder weather, and—perhaps surprisingly—plastic surgery! Philadelphia’s Dr. Timothy Greco and his team often field questions from patients who are unsure of what to do for an aging face. More specifically, while facelifts handle lower-face contours, it may be more desirable to select a nonsurgical injectable to best meet needs higher on the face.

Many people believe that the later months of the year are ideal for cosmetic treatments, since the weather sends everyone indoors, where it’s easier to conceal cosmetic “tweaks” under heavier layers of clothing.

This past November, patients and practitioners around the country celebrated Allergan’s first ever National BOTOX® Day. Even as physicians around the country highlighted the effects and benefits of this powerful neuromodulator, it’s important to acknowledge three other highly effective alternatives to choose from. These are very similar (though there are some notable differences between them), and the choice largely depends on individual preference.

Originally only known for its medical applications for muscle spasms, BOTOX® is now the world’s most famous wrinkle-reducing injectable. The first, original product of its kind, BOTOX®, has given rise to a series of successors and competitors, including Dysport®, XEOMIN®, and, most recently, Jeuveau (Newtox). All of these injectables contain botulinum toxin type A as their key ingredient, used to minimize or prevent dynamic wrinkles by relaxing muscles. There are minor differences in how each of these products has been manufactured and how they are used in clinical settings.

Dysport® is very similar to BOTOX®, specifically designed for treating glabellar lines and approved by the FDA for that purpose. As opposed to its counterparts, XEOMIN®, the “naked injectable,” contains no accessory proteins. Its only ingredient is botulinum toxin type A. This purer variation is a popular alternative for those who have developed a resistance to other types of neuromodulators. However, the tradeoff may be that it takes a longer time to work compared to the other injectables.

Finally, unlike the other three options, Jeuveau was recently designed from the start to be used purely for aesthetic treatments. Dr. Greco also had a hand in its development with their manufacturer, Evolus, Inc.

Start planning your next procedure or treatment with the experienced team at Timothy M. Greco, MD, PC. To get in touch with double board-certified Dr. Timothy Greco and his staff, call (610) 664-8830 or schedule a consultation online.

Post-Eyelid Surgery Care: What to Expect After Blepharoplasty

Most people have at least one feature they’re self-conscious about. For many people, that feature is their eyes. More specifically, it’s the drooping lids above them and puffy bags below them that occur due to aging, genetics, skin damage, or a combination of all of the above. Eyelid surgery is an ideal way of restoring more youthful-looking eyes by excising, repositioning, or tightening the fat, muscle, and skin that cause the problem.

After you’ve had a blepharoplasty surgery, Philadelphia’s Timothy M. Greco, MD, PC, recommends following specific post-operative instructions to ensure your recovery is as quick and smooth as possible while avoiding complications.

For prolonged patient comfort, local anesthesia and conscious sedation may be applied before the eye enhancement surgery begins. Because of this, some patients may experience dryness or sensitivity to light immediately after surgery. The exact recovery timeline varies depending on the patient and the extent of the surgery.

In most cases, you can expect to be able to return to work and similar activities around 10 days to two weeks after a procedure. You’re advised to wait for at least 10 days before applying makeup. There is generally minimal discomfort involved in blepharoplasty recovery, but some bruising and swelling should be expected within the first week. You can apply cold compresses to reduce the swelling. Dr. Greco can prescribe pain medication to help with comfort.

Scars are generally easily concealed in the natural creases of the eyelids, and they heal well. That said, try to refrain from applying pressure to the treatment area and keep it clean throughout the healing process.

While it’s impossible to prevent facial aging or fully predict how it will impact any given individual, eyelid surgery yields natural-looking, long-lasting results. The effects of upper eyelid surgery generally last for around five to seven years, while lower eyelid surgery results often last significantly longer. Sometimes eyelid surgery patients may also try additional treatments or combined treatments involving BOTOX®, brow lifts, or facelifts to optimize results.

To best maintain results, protect the treated skin from harmful sun exposure by always wearing darkly tinted sunglasses and a suitable sunscreen when going outside.

Timothy M. Greco, MD, PC, in Philadelphia can help any patient decide whether blepharoplasty is the right fit. Learn more about the benefits, risks, and costs of eyelid surgery by calling double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy Greco and staff at (610) 664-8830 or filling out a contact form to set up an appointment.