The year-round sun in Ft. Lauderdale takes a toll across our bodies. Everyone down here has their dermatologist on their “favorites” of their phone. While that doctor may be able to help with your actinic keratoses and potential skin cancers, he or she isn’t going to do anything about those sagging eyelids, which also are affected by sun exposure over the years.
That’s the domain of Dr. Cheung and Dr. Low at CRS Plastic Surgery with blepharoplasty. Blepharoplasty, commonly known as eyelid surgery, can take years, even a decade, off the appearance of your eyes. Eyelid surgery removes excess skin and fat and tightens the underlying muscles as needed to return a younger, more rested look to the eyes.
Is eyelid surgery right for me?
Eyelid surgery is unusual in the aesthetic world, as it is one of the few procedures (liposuction being the other) that are popular with both women and men. After all, drooping eyelids, wrinkles, and puffy bags under your eyes show no favoritism by sex — they make everyone look much older. In fact, each year more and more Florida men are having Dr. Cheung and Dr. Low perform blepharoplasty to maintain a younger appearance when competing in the workplace.
Eyelid surgery can be performed on both eyelids or on the individual upper or lower eyelids, depending on your personal condition. Because of this, surgery can run anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours.
Blepharoplasty is a delicate surgery that involves small incisions. In upper eyelid surgery, we make a small incision in the natural crease of the eyelid. This conceals any scarring. We then remove excess bulging fat pads around the eye or possibly overly developed and bunching muscle tissue. Dr. Low and Dr. Cheung take into account the way your upper eyelid folds, as removing too much skin can adversely affect the ability of the eyelid to close properly. They’ll tighten the muscle tissue, reposition fat, and remove excess skin as fits your individual situation. Special attention is paid to the fat because removing too much fat can leave a hollowed-out appearance.
In the lower eyelid, the incision is usually made just below the lower eyelash. An alternative location can make the incision inside the lower lid. This is usually the case when we are looking to remove fat pads. Excess skin is removed to lessen wrinkles, bags, and general puffiness in this area. Sagging lower lid rims with dry or tearing eyes can also be addressed with support procedures to bring the lower lid back into normal position against the eye to improve eye function and comfort.
Eyelid surgery does not involve a difficult recovery. After the procedure, your eyelids will likely be covered with light gauze. You will be given an eye lubricant and a cold compress. Bruising and swelling is minor, particularly if you are diligent with the compress. After a week, your stitches are removed and your eyelids generally will look normal, only younger!
Blepharoplasty is a very satisfying procedure for our CRS Plastic Surgery patients. Tired of your tired eyes? Call us at (954) 533-8029 to schedule a consultation for eyelid surgery.