Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, offers a variety of procedures to create younger, more alert looking eyes. It can soften conditions that give an individual a tired appearance.*
Who Should Get Eyelid Surgery?
In most cases, individuals who seek eyelid surgery have conditions such as:
- Droopy, baggy eyelids
- Puffy bags under eyes
- Stretched, loose upper eyelid skin
- Hollowness between the cheek and eyelid
- Visual obstruction
“I love Dr. Dahan and his staff. I had his RefreshLift, eyelid surgery, and breast lift, and could not be happier! I was back at work in 11 days, back at the gym in 14 days. I was surprised by how painless the procedures were, and how quick and easy the recovery has been. I would recommend Dr. Dahan to anyone who wants the best!”*
In both the upper and lower eyelids, underlying compartments of fat may be removed. Incisions in the upper and lower eyelids are made following natural lines and creases, and may extend into adjacent fine lines (“crows feet”) at the eye’s outer edge. Working through the incisions, the skin and muscle are separated from underlying fatty tissue. Excessive fat and skin are removed and if indicated, the underlying orbicularis muscle (muscle responsible for closing the eye) may be tightened.
Current trends involve much more conservative fat removal since muscle tightening often reduces the bags and avoids hollowing of the lower eyelid. Lower eyelid fat may also be repositioned to fill the hollowness between the lower eyelid and cheek (tear trough). Most patients undergo this procedure under local sedation and rarely require general anesthesia unless blepharoplasty is combined with certain other procedures.
With normal healing, the tiny scar will fade and become barely visible.*
Sometimes, insurances may pay for the removal of excess upper eyelid skin in cases where vision is affected. The insurances require that you have a history of visual field limitation, visual field testing by an ophthalmologist and photographs from our office clearly demonstrating the condition. The insurances, however, will not pay for the removal or repositioning of eyelid fat which is considered cosmetic.
For the first days after surgery it is important that you follow Dr. Dahans’ postoperative instructions. He may advise you to keep your head elevated, use cold compresses to reduce swelling and bruising, use eye lubricants and avoid wearing contacts for about one to two weeks. Recovery for eyelid surgery is estimated at about 3-7 days. In Dr. Dahan’s hands, this is a very simple operation which he performs almost weekly. Our patients rarely have discomfort and experience minimal bruising or swelling.*
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*Individual Results May Vary