Eyelid Lift

Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty, or eye-lid lift, removes excess skin and fat pads from around the eyelids. The shape of the eye lids may be rejuvenated, creating a more alert, youthful, rested and pleasant appearance.

Eye lids may look old and tired for any of these reasons:

  • Fat pads under the lids may cause the appearance of bags
  • Extra skin may give the appearance of “hooding” of the upper lids and creases on the lower lids
  • Muscle hypertrophy (overdeveloped or overactive eyelid muscles from squinting)
  • Crow’s feet, or fine lines in the skin
  • Dark circles
  • Sagging of eye-lid support

Blepharoplasty typically involves removing the extra skin, hypertrophied muscle, and fat pads as needed through an inconspicuous incision. When necessary, the eyelids can be tightened, and the outer corner can be elevated to create a tighter eye lid with a more youthful look.

When considering blepharoplasty, the surrounding structures must also be considered. Frequently for example, “hooding” of the upper outer corners of the lid results from the forehead/brow sagging. This condition is called brow “ptosis” or sagging. Signs of brow ptosis include a flattening eyebrow shape and descent of the eyebrows so that they are at or below the upper rims of the bony eye sockets.

Another commonly encountered situation is asymmetry of the eyebrows. Interestingly, many patients are unaware of even significant asymmetry. A brow lift can correct or improve this situation. It is usually better to do a brow lift before blepharoplasty to optimize rejuvenation without jeopardizing the ability of the lids to close completely.

Problems like crow’s feet and dark circles cannot be treated by blepharoplasty and brow lifts alone. These problems are usually treated with skin care products, microdermabrasion, and resurfacing with Coblation.

Who is the Best Candidate for this Procedure?

Age is not as important as appearance. The ideal candidate for this procedure is someone who has extra skin and some bags in the lids. Patients without dry eye problems or other eye diseases are the best candidates. Brow ptosis is also usually treated at the same time.

What are the Risks?

All surgery carries some uncertainty and risk. The risks of this procedure are low and will not be experienced by most people. Most patients do experience some swelling and bruising for about 10 days to two weeks. Some patients will experience lower lid drooping that usually subsides after several weeks with conservative treatment. Risks usually associated with any surgical procedure apply. You may also have additional risks of complications depending on your health and other factors.

How do I Prepare for Surgery?

It is best to stop smoking before the procedure (about four weeks before and two weeks after surgery). No aspirin or non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory agents, such as Motrin, Advil or Aleve for two weeks before surgery and two weeks after surgery. You should plan to have help for several days after surgery. Wear a button-up or zip-up top to the surgery center. You may receive additional instructions.

Where will the Surgery be Performed?

This procedure is performed in a hospital or outpatient surgery center. Occasionally the procedure can be performed in the office.

What Kind of Anesthesia will be Used?

This procedure is performed under general anesthesia under the direction of a board-certified anesthesiologist. You will be asleep during the procedure and all of your vital functions will be carefully monitored. Occasionally, the procedure can be performed under local anesthesia.

What is the Process?

Incisions are made in your natural skin creases in the upper and lower lids. Any excess skin, overdeveloped muscle and bulging fat are removed. The wounds are then closed to create an inconspicuous scar.

What is it Like After Surgery?

This procedure has been described by patients as “ouchy” to moderately uncomfortable. The postoperative discomfort is usually mild, and you will be provided with ample pain relievers. You may also notice swelling or mild bruising. The discomfort and bruising usually subside within about two weeks, but some residual swelling may take longer to go away.

How Long Before I am Back to Normal?

Most people start to feel much better after a few days. Swelling and bruising will usually resolve within two weeks or so. Some tenderness will remain for quite some time, but will eventually go away. Most people are able to resume most activities within five days. After about four weeks you will be able to resume full activities (depending on how well you are healing).

What will I Look Like?

You should expect to have a more youthful and rested appearance. People may tell you that you no longer look tired or angry. It’s important to remember that this procedure does not improve fine lines, crow’s feet, blotchy pigmentation, widened pores or other skin damage. If you are experiencing these problems, you may also want to consider skin treatments.

Disclaimer

Although it is expected that your surgery and recovery will go well and you will be happy with your outcome, complications occasionally occur. Although we attempt to anticipate and avoid problems, healing sometimes can be unpredictable. No guarantees or warranties either expressly or implicitly regarding your results are made. I have attempted to portray this information honestly, fairly and accurately. If you find any errors, please bring them to my attention so that I can correct them by e-mailing me at scottkinfw@msn.com.

Dr. Kasden offers Eyelid Surgery or Blepharoplasty to patients from Dallas, Fort Worth, Keller, Trophy Club, Grapevine, Southlake, Plano, Arlington, Sherman, Euless, McKinney, Las Colinas, Hurst, Haslett, Frisco, Denton, Coppell, Colleville, Burleson, Allen, Texas and the surrounding areas.

Eyelid Lift

Blepharoplasty
Blepharoplasty, or eye-lid lift, removes excess skin and fat pads from around the eyelids. The shape of the eye lids may be rejuvenated, creating a more alert, youthful, rested and pleasant appearance.

 

Eye lids may look old and tired for any of these reasons:

  • Fat pads under the lids may cause the appearance of bags
  • Extra skin may give the appearance of “hooding” of the upper lids and creases on the lower lids
  • Muscle hypertrophy (overdeveloped or overactive eyelid muscles from squinting)
  • Crow’s feet, or fine lines in the skin
  • Dark circles
  • Sagging of eye-lid support

Blepharoplasty typically involves removing the extra skin, hypertrophied muscle, and fat pads as needed through an inconspicuous incision. When necessary, the eyelids can be tightened, and the outer corner can be elevated to create a tighter eye lid with a more youthful look.

When considering blepharoplasty, the surrounding structures must also be considered. Frequently for example, “hooding” of the upper outer corners of the lid results from the forehead/brow sagging. This condition is called brow “ptosis” or sagging. Signs of brow ptosis include a flattening eyebrow shape and descent of the eyebrows so that they are at or below the upper rims of the bony eye sockets.

Another commonly encountered situation is asymmetry of the eyebrows. Interestingly, many patients are unaware of even significant asymmetry. A brow lift can correct or improve this situation. It is usually better to do a brow lift before blepharoplasty to optimize rejuvenation without jeopardizing the ability of the lids to close completely.

Problems like crow’s feet and dark circles cannot be treated by blepharoplasty and brow lifts alone. These problems are usually treated with skin care products, microdermabrasion, and resurfacing with Coblation.

Who is the Best Candidate for this Procedure?
Age is not as important as appearance. The ideal candidate for this procedure is someone who has extra skin and some bags in the lids. Patients without dry eye problems or other eye diseases are the best candidates. Brow ptosis is also usually treated at the same time.

 

What are the Risks?
All surgery carries some uncertainty and risk. The risks of this procedure are low and will not be experienced by most people. Most patients do experience some swelling and bruising for about 10 days to two weeks. Some patients will experience lower lid drooping that usually subsides after several weeks with conservative treatment. Risks usually associated with any surgical procedure apply. You may also have additional risks of complications depending on your health and other factors.

 

How do I Prepare for Surgery?
It is best to stop smoking before the procedure (about four weeks before and two weeks after surgery). No aspirin or non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory agents, such as Motrin, Advil or Aleve for two weeks before surgery and two weeks after surgery. You should plan to have help for several days after surgery. Wear a button-up or zip-up top to the surgery center. You may receive additional instructions.

 

Where will the Surgery be Performed?
This procedure is performed in a hospital or outpatient surgery center. Occasionally the procedure can be performed in the office.

 

What Kind of Anesthesia will be Used?
This procedure is performed under general anesthesia under the direction of a board-certified anesthesiologist. You will be asleep during the procedure and all of your vital functions will be carefully monitored. Occasionally, the procedure can be performed under local anesthesia.

 

What is the Process?
Incisions are made in your natural skin creases in the upper and lower lids. Any excess skin, overdeveloped muscle and bulging fat are removed. The wounds are then closed to create an inconspicuous scar.

 

What is it Like After Surgery?
This procedure has been described by patients as “ouchy” to moderately uncomfortable. The postoperative discomfort is usually mild, and you will be provided with ample pain relievers. You may also notice swelling or mild bruising. The discomfort and bruising usually subside within about two weeks, but some residual swelling may take longer to go away.

 

How Long Before I am Back to Normal?
Most people start to feel much better after a few days. Swelling and bruising will usually resolve within two weeks or so. Some tenderness will remain for quite some time, but will eventually go away. Most people are able to resume most activities within five days. After about four weeks you will be able to resume full activities (depending on how well you are healing).

 

What will I Look Like?
You should expect to have a more youthful and rested appearance. People may tell you that you no longer look tired or angry. It’s important to remember that this procedure does not improve fine lines, crow’s feet, blotchy pigmentation, widened pores or other skin damage. If you are experiencing these problems, you may also want to consider skin treatments.

 

Disclaimer
Although it is expected that your surgery and recovery will go well and you will be happy with your outcome, complications occasionally occur. Although we attempt to anticipate and avoid problems, healing sometimes can be unpredictable. No guarantees or warranties either expressly or implicitly regarding your results are made. I have attempted to portray this information honestly, fairly and accurately. If you find any errors, please bring them to my attention so that I can correct them by e-mailing me at scottkinfw@msn.com.

 

Dr. Kasden offers Eyelid Surgery or Blepharoplasty to patients from Dallas, Fort Worth, Keller, Trophy Club, Grapevine, Southlake, Plano, Arlington, Sherman, Euless, McKinney, Las Colinas, Hurst, Haslett, Frisco, Denton, Coppell, Colleville, Burleson, Allen, Texas and the surrounding areas.

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