Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

An aged appearance can be often attributed to the appearance of the eyes. Excessive heaviness of the eyes, skin laxity, and bulging fat pads around the eyes contribute to a tired, worn down appearance.

Fortunately, a fairly short, outpatient surgery with minimal discomfort is available. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a surgical procedure that can minimize the factors that contribute to an “older” or “tired” appearance. Blepharoplasty can provide a powerful improvement in the patient’s appearance, but should not produce an artificial look. The effect is additive, and when combined with other treatments, including Botox, dermal fillers, medical grade skin care and even facelift, this surgery can provide in a youthful and rested result.

Choosing Eyelid Surgery: Who’s a Good Fit?

The most common complaints of patients requesting blepharoplasty include drooping upper eyelids, “bags” under the eyes, and an overall tired or weary appearance. Patients who have these concerns may be appropriate candidates for the blepharoplasty surgery. If these problems are of concern, please contact Dr. Stanley Harper for a consultation for a consultation and evaluation.

Eyelid Surgery: What to Expect

Your eyelid surgery will be an outpatient procedure and should last between one and three hours. General or local anesthesia may be used depending on the extent of the surgery and your personal needs.

Incisions are placed along the natural lines of the eyelids so that scars will be well hidden. The incisions used in the upper eyelids are usually placed in the crease of the upper eyelid. Lower eyelid incisions are placed below the lashes.

Dr. Harper will separate the skin from the underlying fatty tissue and muscle, remove or reposition excess fat, and trim sagging skin and muscle. The incisions are then closed with fine sutures.

Dr. Stanley Harper performs blepharoplasty with the patient undergoing general anesthesia. This allows him to have precise control over the procedure, without risk of the patient moving. This technique additionally provides the patient with comfort during the procedure. 

After the patient is placed under anesthesia, Dr. Stanley Harper will remove the excess skin, reduce and possible re-drape the fat, and tailor the muscle for closure. 

The eyelids have an amazing ability to heal, and Dr. Harper will place the scars within the natural folds of the skin. While the scars are permanent, most patients are surprised at how well they are hidden once healed.

Eyelid Surgery Recovery

Recovery from Blepharoplasty is mostly considered “social.” This means that while there will certainly be some pain or discomfort initially, the majority of patients state their main concern is bruising and swelling around the eyes, as well as appearance of stitches that will be in place for the first week. Some patients describe blurred vision for several days after the surgery, which is completely normal.

Dr. Stanley Harper encourages patients to remain in an upright or elevated head position for the first week, and a prudent use of ice packs are helpful to reduce swelling and bruising. Aerobic exercise and heavy lifting (more than 10 pounds) can be resumed after 3 weeks.

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