TUPELO, MISS. (WCBI) – According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more men are electing to have cosmetic surgery.
In this edition of his special series “Under the Knife,” Allie Matin takes the story to a personal level as he has cosmetic surgery to reduce under eye bags.
After spending lots of money through the years on various over the counter products, it was time to take care of those under eye bags for good.
Dr John Griffin met with me before the procedure, known as a lower lid blepharoplasty.
“You won’t be put to sleep in the way you would be put to sleep in the way you would if we were doing more major type procedure, but you will be sedated, then we will mark out the area where we are going to make some incisions. We will give you local anesthetic in the area,” he explained.
“We will make an incision and elevate the flap, find the fat pads and remove excess fat. Trim a little bit of skin, layer everything nicely and suture,” Dr. Griffin said.
Halfway through surgery, Doctor Griffin gave a quick progress report.
“You see now how all that fat is gone,” he said.
The entire procedure, including recovery time, took several hours. Dr Griffin reminded me to take it easy for a week, keep my head propped up as much as possible and place cold compresses on my eyes to help alleviate swelling.
The pain was minimal, but it did look I had been in a fight.
I also had to wear sunglasses for a week, until the stitches were taken out.
And over the next few weeks, the bruising subsided and those unsightly under eye bags were gone. I also had a botox injection to help ease the lines around my eyes.
Dr Griffin, who is known for having one of the few accredited fellowship programs in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, as well as pioneering a procedure called nu age facelift, says surgeries like mine are commonplace now .
“We’re seeing more men, less for full facelift procedures, we see a lot of men for treatment of basically their neck and we do that as an isolated procedure for men and eyelids,” he said.
Dr Griffin says there’s no such thing as a typical patient, especially when it comes to cosmetic surgery. But he says there are benefits across the board.
“It’s a boost in self confidence, boost in their energy level, how they look at themselves in the mirror every morning, they feel more confident, they just feel better, higher energy level people,” Dr. Griffin said.
Advances in technology have had a huge impact in facial reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. Laser technology, computer enhancement and other medical gains have reduced risks, complications and recovery time. Those medical advances, coupled with the aging baby boomer population , are poised to keep facial cosmetic surgery procedures on the rise for years to come.