Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Are your friends telling you that you look tired or fatigued? Do you have dark circles under your eyes? Or perhaps you have a difficult time putting on upper eyelid makeup because of the excess skin. Maybe you are getting forehead headaches or wrinkles because you elevate your eyebrows to see better. Perhaps you should consider eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty.
“Bleph” comes from the Greek word for eyelid. “Plasty” is to shape or mold in Greek. During a blepharoplasty surgery, the plastic surgeon removes the excess skin and fat above or below the eyelids to rejuvenate the eyes.
Upper eyelid blepharoplasty is a very gratifying procedure that in 45 minutes to one hour can make an incredible difference in your appearance. The incision is made in a natural crease and heals within one week. The excess skin and fat are removed. There is no pain and many patients return to work or light activities in two to three days.
In blepharoplasty surgery, the plastic surgeon removes the excess skin and fat to rejuvenate the eyes.
Lower eyelid blepharoplasty can be performed through a skin (transcutaneous) approach or through a hidden approach inside the lower eyelid (transconjunctival). Our physicians will discuss the best approach for you during your consultation.
The transcutaneous or external approach requires an incision under the lower lid eyelashes. The advantage is removal of both excess fat and skin. The incision usually heals within one week but any residual redness may be covered with makeup after one week.
The transconjunctival or inside approach hides the incision inside the lower eyelid. Only the excess fatty bulges are removed with this approach. Many times the physicians at the Mandell-Brown Plastic Surgery Center in Cincinnati will utilize laser resurfacing to remove the lower eyelid creases and crows feet at the same time.
The lower eyelid surgery usually produces some bruising that resolves quickly. Following our instruction will significantly reduce the bruising.
With lower eyelid surgery there may be some discomfort, but this lasts only a few days.
Patients with dark circles under their eyes may benefit not only from lower eyelid surgery to remove the fatty bulges, but they may require some bleaching creams or peeling agents to lighten the skin pigment. This will be discussed during your consultation.
For those patients with extremely heavy upper eyelid skin, insurance coverage may help with the cost of upper eyelid blepharoplasty. If visual field is limited, insurance carriers may provide coverage. This can be determined at the time of your consultation and verified by an independent eye exam.
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