Eyelid surgery (or blepharoplasty) corrects eyelids esthetic issues. Drooping eyelids are caused by the loss of skin elasticity that occurs as a result of the natural aging process.
However, if lower eyelid puffiness is an issue, a lower blepharoplasty using a transconjunctival technique or skin/muscle flap can be used to remove the excess tissue and bulge.
Eyelids that are sagging can give a aging apperance and, in severe cases, limit your eyesight. New Orleans aesthetic surgeon Dr. Kamran Khoobehi performs blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid lift surgery, to reduce excess tissue and wrinkles around the eyes restoring to a youthful facial appearance. A loss of volume under the lower eyelid is also a concern, which can usually be corrected with soft tissue fillers.
The procedure may either be performed on the upper eyelid or the lower lid, or both. There will be a difference in approaches when it comes to the upper and lower eyelids but the method is similar; removing any loose skin or tissue, and extracting or repositioning the fat deposit. There will also be separate incisions spots. It is important to understand that this will not help with other aesthetic issues such as crow’s feet, wrinkles or dark circles. The results of an eyelid surgery are fairly isolated within the upper and lower lid section only. There are other procedures that can be combined, for example the use of BOTOX®, to create a maximized outcome or fat transfer to restore loss of facial volume.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
The most common problem with the upper eyelid is excess skin that droops and hangs over the eyes. Not only does this look unappealing, but it can also obstruct vision for a patient. Dr. Khoobehi will create an incision along the natural fold of the eyelid and extract any excess fat tissue to remove any bulges. Once done, excess skin will also be trimmed and the cut will be closed with fine sutures. There are cases when fat tissues are only repositioned instead of excised.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
There are two options for incisions when it comes to lower eyelid surgery. This treatment will improve any appearance of bulging and sagging below the eye. Incisions may be made just slightly below the lash line and excess fat, tissue or skin will be excised. If the skin has retained good elasticity, a transconjunctival incision may be a better option as the cut is made inside the lower eyelid, which effectively makes any resulting scar concealed. A lower lid lift does not necessarily improve the dark circles that may occur under the eyes. Dr. Khoobehi may recommend combining a lower blepharoplasty with another procedure such as a chemical peel,tear trough implants or fat transfer.
Eyelid surgery is performed under local at Dr. Khoobehi accredited surgical suite or general anesthesia at Outpatient Surgical Center. If the procedure involves both upper and lower eyelids, Dr. Khoobehi will typically manage the upper eyelid first. On average, it takes 1-2 hours to complete the operation. For the first few days, there will be swelling and discoloration around the area. It is advised that the head is elevated for the first few days. Pain medications and antibiotics will be prescribed to manage the initial discomfort.
The average fee for this surgery is $4,000 to $9,000 if both the lower and upper eyelids are addressed. Dr. Khoobehi is known for his expertise and personalized approach in performing Eyelid Surgery ( Blepharoplasty). He works closely with each patient to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to their specific needs and goals, ensuring that they achieve the best possible outcome.
Eyelid Surgery FAQs
Wrinkles And Crow’s Feet?
Crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles are treated with procedures such as a facelift, browlift or a cheek lift as the results of the eyelid surgery are confined to the eyelids only. Eyelid surgery can also be combined with a nonsurgical procedure such as BOTOX, which combats wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. An injectable filler or fat transfer can also be effective because it adds volume to hollow areas for a softer, smoother appearance.
Complications and irritations after surgery are rare. Patients should strictly adhere to care instructions prescribed by Dr. Khoobehi to minimize any risks of infection as the eyes can be sensitive after surgery. Taking precaution of protecting the eyes from the sun and wind during the first few weeks of recovery is highly recommended.
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