Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is a plastic surgery procedure that corrects redundant skin and fat of the upper and lower eyelids, restoring a more youthful and refreshed appearance. The procedure can correct sagging of the upper eyelids and puffy bags beneath the lower eyelids. Good candidates for blepharoplasty include healthy men and women who have good skin tone and are looking to improve excess skin of the eye area.
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The Eyelid Surgery Procedure
Dr. Schwartz performs blepharoplasty in his office or an outpatient surgical center. Local anesthesia or IV sedation is used and the procedure take about one and a half hours to complete. The incisions are well-concealed within the eyelid crease or, for transconjunctival blepharoplasty, inside of the eyelid. Once the incisions are made, excess skin and fat are removed from the upper and/or lower eyelids.
The Blepharoplasty Recovery
The recovery after this procedure takes about five to seven days. The eyelids may feel tight or sore, though medication can help to control discomfort. Bruising and swelling can occur, with the bruising fading within two to four weeks. Patients may also experience some temporary itching, dryness, burning, tearing, blurred or double vision, or sensitivity to light. The stitches are removed within five to seven days. Patients can usually return to work within three to five days, though more strenuous activities should be postponed for about two weeks.
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Eyelid Surgery FAQs
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a plastic surgery procedure which can restore a refreshed and more youthful appearance to the eye area. Blepharoplasty corrects redundant skin and fat of the upper and lower eyelids including sagging of the upper lids and puffy bags below the lower lids.
Healthy men and women with good skin tone who are looking to improve excess skin of the eye area may be good candidates for blepharoplasty.
During the consultation with Dr. Schwartz you will discuss what it is that you dislike about your eyes and what you hope to achieve through surgery. Your eyes and skin will be examined, a thorough medical history taken, and your options discussed. All details of the blepharoplasty procedure will be explained and any questions or concerns that you may have will be addressed.
Dr. Schwartz performs blepharoplasty in his office-based facility or at an outpatient surgery center.
Dr. Schwartz performs blepharoplasty with local anesthesia or IV sedation.
The surgery begins by making incisions which are well-concealed within the eyelid crease or inside of the eyelid. Working through the incisions, excess skin and fat are removed from the upper and/or lower eyelids.
Blepharoplasty surgery takes about one and a half hours to perform.
The incisions for blepharoplasty are well-concealed as they are located in the eyelid crease or inside of the lower eyelid.
The incisions made for blepharoplasty are small and hidden as they are located in the eyelid crease or inside of the eyelid. This results in a small, well-concealed scar.
Patients may experience some temporary discomfort, specifically the eyelids may feel sore or tight. Medication can help to manage discomfort.
Patients can expect a recovery time of about five to seven days after blepharoplasty. There may be a sore or tight feeling to the eyelids, but discomfort can be managed with medication. Some bruising and swelling can occur, and most of the bruising will fade in about two to four weeks. Other side effects that may occur during recovery can including temporary itching, dryness, burning, tearing, blurred or double vision, and sensitivity to light. Within five to seven days, the stitches are removed and patients can return to work. Patients should postpone more strenuous activities for about two weeks.
Patients can usually return to work in about five to seven days after blepharoplasty.
Exercise and other strenuous activities may need to be postponed for about two weeks after blepharoplasty.
The stitches are removed within five to seven days after the blepharoplasty surgery.
As with all types of surgery, there are potential risks associated with blepharoplasty and these may include bleeding, difficulty in completely closing the eyes, dry eyes, infection, pulling down of the lower lids, slight asymmetry in healing or scarring, swelling at the corners of the eyelids, temporary blurred or double vision, and whiteheads.
Blepharoplasty procedures that are performed for cosmetic reasons are generally not covered by insurance. When performed to correct drooping upper lids that interfere with vision, some degree of coverage may be available. Patients should consult with their own insurance carrier.
here are financing options available for many plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery procedures.
Why choose Dr. Schwartz?
- Dr. Michael Schwartz is certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and American Board of Otolaryngology.
- MD from Baylor College of Medicine, where he completed his General Surgery Residency at Beth Israel Medical Center and ENT Residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.
- He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and the American College of Surgeons.
- Dr. Schwartz is an active staff member with Good Samaritan Medical Center, West Palm Beach, Florida.
- He has over 30 years of experience as a surgeon and is extensively trained in the latest advancements in facial plastic surgery.
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