Open Your Eyes to Cosmetic Blepharoplasty
Your eyes not only help you to see, they help the world to see you. When your eyes are bright and alert, the world sees you as energized and refreshed. When they’re puffy, droopy, or underlined with circles, others may believe you’re tired, unhappy or angry. Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, improves the appearance of the Upper Eyelids, Lower Eyelids, or both, and gives a rejuvenated appearance to the surrounding area of your eyes, making you look more rested and alert.
Is Blepharoplasty Right For You?
Blepharoplasty is performed on men and women of all ages who want to improve their self-image. Most people have blepharoplasty to minimize the effects of aging. However, many people in their 20’s or 30’s may also benefit from the procedure. You may be a good candidate for blepharoplasty if you have any of the following conditions:
- Excess skin that hides the natural fold of the Upper Eyelids
- Loose skin that hangs down from the Upper Eyelids
- Puffiness in the Upper Eyelids that creates a tired look
- Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the Lower Eyelids
- Puffy "bags" and, in some cases, dark circles
- Hollowness and thin, discolored skin
How is Cosmetic Blepharoplasty Performed?
Dr. Koplin will determine the specific method that’s best for your blepharoplasty.
Typically, the incision begins within the natural crease of the eye's inside corner and extends slightly beyond the outside corner into the crow's feet or laugh lines. Through this incision, excess skin and fatty tissue are removed. The incision line follows the natural contour of the upper eye lid, and is camouflaged when healed.
Excess skin, muscle and fat are removed through an incision typically concealed just below the lower lashes. Through this incision, Dr. Koplin may also make special adjustments. For example, the fat beneath the eye may be redistributed to eliminate puffiness or bulges. In some patients, he may tighten underlying muscle.
Dr. Koplin may decide that the best approach for removing fat from the lower eyelid is with a transconjuctional blepharoplasty. In this procedure, an incision is hidden inside the lower eyelid. This technique requires no external incision, but it cannot be used to remove excess skin. The fat beneath the eye may often be redistributed through this technique as well! Laser resurfacing or chemical peel can be used in conjunction with this procedure to minimize fine wrinkles around the eyes. Dr. Koplin is also well-known for transferring stem-cell rich fat into this area for correcting hollowness, plumping the skin and establishing a healthy, oxygen-rich blood supply.
Your Eyelid Consultation with Dr. Koplin
Dr. Koplin will personally meet with you so that he understands your expectations and desired outcomes for blepharoplasty. During this initial meeting, Dr. Koplin will ask you a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle. He’ll go over your options, recommend a course of treatment, and explain likely outcomes of blepharoplasty. He’ll also discuss any issues that could make surgery more complicated, which may include:
- Thyroid problems, such as hypothyroidism or Grave's disease
Lower Eyelids that droop significantly and reveal the white beneath the iris (the eye's colored portion)
- Eye problems such as "dry eye," a detached retina or glaucoma
- High blood pressure or other circulatory disorders
- Cardiovascular disease
What Sets Dr. Koplin Apart?
Attention to detail, expertise in surgical technique, and pioneering work in the area of Natural Fat-Transfer sets Dr. Koplin apart from other surgeons. For nearly 20 years, he has used a combination of these techniques to make eyes appear alert and refreshed.
Where is the Blepharoplasty Operation Performed?
Your custom procedure will be performed in a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility associated with our medical office. We are fully accredited by Medicare and AAAASF, and are held to the same standards as an operating room in a private or university hospital.
Your Blepharoplasty Procedure and Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during blepharoplasty. Choices include intravenous sedation or general anesthesia: Dr. Koplin will recommend the best anesthesia for you. Your anesthesia provider has a wealth of experience in facial procedures, safety, and care. Your safety and comfort are always paramount.
Fully Staffed Recovery Room
You will spend one to two hours in a fully-monitored and state-of-the art recovery room at the surgery center. Your registered nurse will be at your side every moment to attend to your safety and comfort.
Blepharoplasty Recovery and Convalescence
You have several options for recovery: you may choose to have professional care, to stay in a recovery center, or recover at home. If you wish to recover at home, you must have someone stay with you the first night. We’ll send you home with specific instructions regarding how to care for your eyes, as well as information about medications that can aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your overall health, and when to follow-up with Dr. Koplin.
What to Expect After Blepharoplasty:
The First Week:
You should rest quietly with your head elevated for the first few days after surgery. We may recommend cold compresses for your eyelids.
You may have some swelling, bruising, irritation or dry eyes and discomfort that can be controlled with medication, cold compresses and ointment. Some patients find that mild swelling persists for several weeks, while others may see swelling resolve in as little as one week.
Your vision may be slightly blurry for a few days.
Your eyes may be temporarily sensitive to light, and you may experience excess tearing or dryness. We can recommend eye drops to help relieve any burning or itching.
You may want to use a comfortable pair of darkly tinted sunglasses, which can also hide any post-operative bruising or swelling.
Within 48 hours of surgery, you’ll be able to read, write and return to light activity.
Three to six days post-op, we’ll remove any upper eyelid stitches. You’ll be able to wear eye makeup soon after your stitches are removed.
Within five to seven days, you can return to work and normal activity, with the exception of strenuous exercise.
The Second Week and Beyond:
Bruising typically disappears within seven to ten days.
Each day your incision will fade more and more, typically disappearing within six weeks. We’ll provide a special ointment to hasten healing.
Ten days after your surgery, you may resume strenuous exercise.
MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR YOUR CONSULTATION
If you’d like to find out more about blepharoplasty and if it’s right for you, please schedule your consultation today.
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