Women and men visit The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery for blepharoplasty, often called eyelid surgery, to correct sagging eyelids, pouches beneath the eyes, and excess folds around the eyes. Eyelid surgery in our Westchester center involves the removal of excess skin and fat on upper and lower eyelids, resulting in a smoother, more youthful appearance. Brow and forehead lifts are designed to raise eyebrows and reduce ridges and furrows on the forehead.
To find out how eyelid surgery at our Mt. Kisco center may improve your appearance, request a consultation online, or call us at (914) 241-3003.
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Prior to surgery, a complete medical history is taken in order to evaluate the general health of the patient. The amount, distribution and type of excess skin to be removed is carefully noted. The physician describes the anesthesia to be used, the procedure, what results might realistically be expected, and possible risks and complications
Eyelid surgery is performed either with general anesthesia while you are asleep or with a local anesthetic while you remain awake.
Depending on your aesthetic goals, the procedure may be performed on either the upper or lower eyelids, or both. A detailed surgical plan is created based on your physician's assessment during your consultation.
The procedure begins with your physician making incisions following the eyelids' natural lines and creases.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
The incision runs along the eyelid's natural crease, through which the physician removes excess fat, muscle, and skin. Patients may opt for upper eyelid surgery for different reasons, such as removing skin that sags over the eyelashes or to improve the appearance of lids that look puffy.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
Traditional lower blepharoplasty involves making incisions just below the eyelashes. Depending on your specific needs, the physician trims excess skin and removes or repositions excess fat. The lower eyelid muscle may be tightened, as well.
Your physician may opt for what's called transconjunctival surgery, placing the incision inside the eyelid. This is an appropriate path when the concern is excess fat, but no skin is being removed.
Dermal fillers such as Restylane® or JUVÉDERM® may be an alternative to eyelid surgery or used to enhance the results of surgery to refresh the areas under the eyes.
A brow lift is a separate procedure that your physician may recommend combining with your eyelid surgery. The incision for a brow lift, sometimes called a forehead lift, is hidden in the hairline. After elevating and repositioning the brows, your physician removes excess skin and then sutures the incision.
Your physician provides patients with detailed postoperative instructions that, when followed, can increase your comfort during the recovery and accelerate the healing process. Although each patient recovers at his or her own pace, there are some general guidelines.
An appointment is scheduled within a week of surgery to remove your sutures. Expect some initial swelling and bruising, which should subside a few days after the procedure. Patients are encouraged to rest as much as possible during the first few days. Placing cold compresses on the eyes helps during the first couple of days. Your physician determines when you can resume normal activities; however, you should avoid strenuous exercise for several weeks following surgery.
Other recovery tips include:
- Sleep with your head elevated above your chest.
- Keep your head elevated during the days as much as possible to minimize swelling and bruising.
- Wear dark sunglasses for at least the first 2 weeks after surgery to protect your eyes from the sun and wind.
- Apply ointment to incisions and use eye drops to keep your eyes from drying.