Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, helps mitigate the signs of aging around the eyelids to create a more youthful and rested eye appearance.
Eyelid surgery involves multiple steps. These steps can differ slightly depending on the surgical technique used for lower or upper blepharoplasty.
At the time of the initial consultation, the surgeon will explain the procedural steps to the patient. This will enable the patient to feel more confident and reassured about the surgery after understanding what the procedure entails.
Suncoast Skin Solutions, led by kind board certified dermatologist Dr. Christopher Ewanowski, provides eyelid surgery to patients in Tampa, Brandon, Lutz, Seminole, Riverview, Brooksville, Winter Haven, Daytona Beach, Largo, St. Petersburg, Ocala, Central Florida, Florida, and other suburbs and neighborhoods in this remarkable part of the US.
The plastic surgeon may perform the eyelid lift procedure with the patient under local anesthesia and mild sedation.
If the procedure is more complicated, or the patient is quite anxious, the plastic surgeon may choose to perform the blepharoplasty under general anesthesia. An anesthesiologist or a registered nurse anesthetist will administer the anesthesia.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
After the patient is under anesthesia, the surgeon will initiate the lower blepharoplasty procedure by placing tiny incisions in pre-determined areas.
These incisions are typically hidden in the natural creases of the skin beneath the lower lashes. The surgeon will eliminate excess fat or skin through the incisions as well as tighten loose underlying muscles.
The patient may require an additional fat transfer procedure or dermal filler injectables in case they have significant depressions beneath the lower eyelids. The surgeon will seal the incisions carefully once the eyelid surgery is complete.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
In this procedure, the surgeon places incisions in the natural creases of the upper eyelids. They will trim the loose skin through these incisions to mitigate the upper lid droopiness as well as address concerns of partial vision obstruction. If the underlying muscles are sagging or weak, the surgeon may reposition these through the incisions as well.
After removing the extra skin, the surgeon will lift and reattach the remaining skin to develop smooth and more youthful looking upper eyelids. They will then close the incisions with fine stitches.
Transconjunctival Eyelid Surgery
The surgeon may recommend a transconjunctival blepharoplasty if the patient does not need skin tightening but only requires a reduction in fatty pockets around the lids. This procedure is relatively less invasive and suitable for patients that do not have major puffiness in the under eye area.
After the anesthesia, the surgeon will place a few small incisions within the lower lid and remove excess fatty deposits through these incisions enhancing the appearance of the area. This procedure does not involve muscle tightening and skin excision.
Following the blepharoplasty, the patient can typically return home on the day of the procedure itself. In general, the patient will require one week of downtime after which they can resume their routine or return to their workplace. In the initial two or three days, the patient can apply ice therapy to reduce the inflammation.
The surgeon may prescribe mild pain drugs and a topical cream for relief in the initial recovery period. The patient should not expose the treated areas to the sun for the initial several weeks.
The state of the art skin care clinic of Dr. Christopher Ewanowski receives patients for eyelid surgery from Tampa, Brandon, Lutz, Seminole, Riverview, Brooksville, Winter Haven, Daytona Beach, Largo, St. Petersburg, Ocala, Central Florida, Florida, and nearby areas across the horizon.
SunCoast Skin Solutions Dermatology offices are located in Tampa / Hillsborough, St. Petersburg / Pinellas County, Brandon, Lutz (2 locations), Winter Haven, Largo, Riverview, Brooksville, Ocala, Largo at Bardmoor, Daytona Beach, Sarasota, and Palm Harbor, Florida. Contact us at 1-844-786-3376 or click here.