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Blepharoplasty

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Blepharoplasty

Rejuvenation of the eyes using blepharoplasty surgery can remove a tired appearance. Depending on the patient, the issues creating this appearance may be excess skin, fat pockets, or muscle. Also called an eye lift, this surgery is used mainly to treat the common aging signs that develop in the surrounding areas of eyes.

When combined with a brow lift, blepharoplasty can open up the eyes and make them look less angry, and for women, more feminine.

WHY BLEPHAROPLASTY IS PERFORMED

Blepharoplasty is performed to address the following issues:

  • An aged or constantly tired appearance
  • Excess skin on the lower eyelids that pulls them down
  • Excess skin on the upper eyelids that may cause interference into your peripheral vision
  • Lower eyelid puffiness
  • Fine wrinkles on the eyelids

Lower and upper lid blepharoplasty procedures make the eyes appear more alert, awake, and rejuvenated.

IDEAL CANDIDATES

Eyelid surgery is most commonly performed from the 30’s on up. Men and women equally enjoy the benefits of this procedure. Ideal candidates for blepharoplasty surgery have realistic expectations and are in good health.

THE BLEPHAROPLASTY PROCEDURE

At the start of blepharoplasty surgery, anesthesia is administered in order to ensure a comfortable experience for the patient. Tiny incisions are then created. The incisions are usually kept in the crease of the eyelid. The tissues of the area are adjusted as needed, and then the incisions are closed.

The upper eyelids or lower eyelids can be done alone, together, or with a brow lift or facelift. Discomfort is usually minimal, and recovery is usually in one to two weeks. Some patients will wear sunglasses and be out and about in a few days.
 

Additional adjunctive procedures include reduction of the frown lines in between the eyebrows (the “11”s, or corrugators muscle transaction), changing of the eyelid crease (Asian eye or westernization), eyebrow sutures, tightening up the lower lid angle (canthoplasty), and reduction of the dark circle tear trough by fat transposition. We discuss the options, benefits, and risks in detail at your personal consultation. Modifications are made depending on your desires and your appearance.

MODERN IMPROVEMENTS

Eyelid surgery has been modified over the last few years to include less removal and a more natural improvement. The upper lid incision can be much smaller with a mini brow lift. The lower lid muscle is preserved and fat commonly removed from a sub-conjunctival incision (inside the lid), a pinch of skin is removed safely, and the muscle re-suspended.

For crow’s feet, BOTOX® Cosmetic is commonly used. Our aesthetician can help with dark circles.

THE BLEPHAROPLASTY RECOVERY PROCESS

Patients will need a ride home after their blepharoplasty, since they will not be able to drive immediately following the surgery. Blepharoplasty has a short recovery time. There may be some bruising and swelling after the procedure. There are some short-term side effects of sensitivity and blurry vision, but they mostly last just a day or two.

Cool compresses can be used to reduce swelling and bruising around the face and eyes. Keeping one’s head elevated is vital. In around two weeks, the swelling and bruising goes away completely. Since absorbable stitches are used, they will not require removal.

You can indulge in some light walking for increased speed of healing. Normal activities can be resumed within 7 to 10 days after the procedure.

Remember that no contact lenses should be worn for at least two weeks after the eyelid lift procedure. Wash the area and keep it clean throughout the recovery process.

BLEPHAROPLASTY PATIENT EXPERIENCES


  • “Staff was welcoming and helpful. I’m very happy with my results.”
    – K.H. Breast Augmentation, Upper and Lower Bleph, and mini browlift.
    Individual results may vary



  • “I had blepharoplasty in 2001 – great decision. I no longer look tired! ”
    – BS
    Individual results may vary



  • “I am very pleased with having lower lid (Bleph) done with Dr. Van Raalte. His staff was very informative and kind. I have nothing but positive things to say about my procedure. ”
    – LP
    Individual results may vary


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