Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
The eyes are often one of the first areas of the face to develop visible signs of aging. As the thin delicate skin around the eyes loses firmness and elasticity, wrinkles and bags can obscure the smooth, youthful contours of the eyes. For men and women who experience drooping and/or puffy eyelids that make them appear older, tired, or even sad, a customized plastic surgery procedure called blepharoplasty can beautifully rejuvenate the eyes. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Robert Rothfield, MD, is experienced in performing cosmetic eyelid surgery and uses a variety of techniques to address multiple cosmetic concerns related to the upper and lower eyelids:
- What Is Eyelid Surgery?
- Types of Eyelid Surgery
- The Blepharoplasty Procedure
- Eyelid Surgery Recovery
- Eyelid Surgery Results
- Patient Forms
What Is Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery is an effective procedure that can create a more youthful and revitalized look around the eyes. By removing excess skin and fat in the upper and/or lower eyelid areas, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) can produce truly remarkable results that include:
- Smoother, tighter skin around the eyes
- Restored upper eyelid contour and definition
- Reduction of wrinkles and drooping skin
- Elimination of puffiness and bags
- Correction of eyelid ptosis for improved vision
- Restored volume in hollows beneath the eyes
If the upper eyelid condition is also accompanied by sagging of the eyebrows, a brow lift may also be recommended. Blepharoplasty is also commonly performed in combination with other facial plastic surgery procedures and non-surgical treatments, such as facelift surgery and injectable dermal fillers, to achieve more comprehensive rejuvenation.
What Are the Different Types of Eyelid Surgery?
Dr. Rothfield can perform eyelid surgery on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both depending on the type and degree of rejuvenation that is necessary to achieve your goals:
Upper Eyelid Surgery
Upper eyelid surgery can focus on addressing loose, sagging skin above the eye, as well as sculpting and removing fat deposits that cause a heavy or puffy look. The underlying musculature of the upper lid can also be tightened for a smoother, more youthful contour.
Lower eyelid surgery is designed to reduce excess skin and fat below the eyes that create the appearance of undereye bags and wrinkles. For patients with hollows that have developed beneath the eyes, fat and tissue can be contoured and repositioned to restore depleted volume. Additional lift and support for the eyelid can be achieved by tightening the musculature of the lower lid.
Your eyelid surgery procedure will be customized to suit both your needs and desired outcome. With each blepharoplasty patient, Dr. Rothfield develops a highly personalized surgical plan to deliver natural-looking symmetry and rejuvenation, while avoiding results that appear overdone or change the essence of one’s signature appearance.
What Does the Blepharoplasty Procedure Entail?
Eyelid surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis at the Surgery Center of Weston. The procedure typically takes about three to four hours to complete depending on the unique details of your surgery. To avoid the appearance of visible scarring following eyelid surgery, Dr. Rothfield carefully places the incisions along the upper eyelid crease and/or along the lower lashline. With these incisions he is able to access and adjust deeper tissue (fat and musculature), as well as remove excess skin. When surgical enhancement of the lid is complete, the incision is precisely closed with tiny stitches. At the end of surgery, the eyes are bandaged to provide protection and support healing.
What is Eyelid Surgery Recovery Like?
After eyelid surgery, you can expect to experience some mild discomfort, swelling, and bruising. Prescription medication, over-the-counter pain relievers, cold compresses, and elevation of your head can help control discomfort and inflammation. It is important to attend your post-operative visit with Dr. Rothfield the day after your surgery so that he can check on your progress and ensure you are recovering properly. For the majority of patients, bruising lasts for up to one week and most individuals feel comfortable returning to work and social activities after two weeks of healing. As you recover, it is critical to closely follow your post-operative care instructions, attend all follow-up visits, and get plenty of rest to support optimal healing. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact Weston Plastic Surgery as soon as possible. If you have a problem that requires immediate attention, our office team can schedule you an urgent appointment. D. Rothfield always takes a proactive stance toward treatment, as addressing small concerns early can help prevent larger, more complicated issues from developing.
Eyelid Surgery Results
Review before-and-after photos of Dr. Rothfield’s eyelid surgery patients by exploring our digital photo gallery.
For more information about eyelid surgery or to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Rothfield, please contact Weston Plastic Surgery.
I started seeing Dr. Rothfield a few years ago after my neice and daughter went to him after going to see several Dr’s. I just had an eye procedure and he did a wonderful job. I was at ease knowing he is the best. His office staffis very informative and very nice. I also want to shout out to the Weston Surgical staff who were absolutely the best. Everyone who I came in contact with there were so nice and really made me feel at ease. Thank you everyone!!!!!!!!
February 01, 2017