Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Blepharoplasty is a procedure that removes redundant skin and restores support to the fat surrounding the eye in order to restore it to its youthful appearance. In the past, surgeons would remove much of this fat, creating a hollow look around the eye that was unnatural, especially as loss of fat in the face increases as we age. At the Center for Aesthetic Medicine, our goal is to restore support, not remove, and therefore keep the softness around the eye and in the face that is a hallmark of youth.
If your upper and lower eyelids are droopy or puffy and make you look older and more tired that you should, a blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, might be a good fit for you. This procedure is used to correct puffy bags below the eyes and drooping eyelids. Although puffy bags and drooping eyelids can make you feel older and more tired that you should, they can also interfere with your vision.
Depending on the health of our patients, blepharoplasty can be performed with sedation in our office, or under general anesthesia in the operating room. The procedure takes approximately 1.5-2 hours, with a recovery time of 10-14 days. Incisions are hidden in the natural crease of the eyelids. Often, other procedures, such as Botox, injection of dermal fillers, or fractionated CO2 laser therapy is combined with this surgery. Often a facelift, neck lift, or brow lift is also combined with this surgery to rejuvenate other parts of the face for a balanced look. Some individuals have such significant redundant tissue that their vision is affected. For these patients, we recommend they undergo visual field testing to determine whether this procedure is medically necessary and can be covered by their medical insurance. Call us today if you are interested in further information regarding this procedure.
Can eyelid surgery remove my crow's feet, dark circles, or sagging eyebrows?
No, the surgery will not remove crow's feet, dark circles under your eyes or lift sagging eyebrows.
Can eyelid surgery remove my appearance of a certain heritage?
The surgery can add an upper eyelid create to Asian eyes, it will not remove the appearance of an ethnic or racial heritage.
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