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Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Q: What is Blepharoplasty?
A: This is an oculo-plastic procedure which involves removal of extra eyelid skin and fatty tissue from around the eyes. It is an out-patient procedure that can improve peripheral vision by removing excessive, overhanging eyelids. It can also rejuvenate one’s appearance by reversing age and sun induced skin changes. Some patients benefit from lifting their eyelids in addition to removing the excessive eyelid skin. The need to lift the lids if necessary will be discussed with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Gary Alter, MD, during your consultation.

Q: What symptoms indicate that Blepharoplasty would be beneficial?
A: Reduced peripheral vision causing you to turn your head to the sides. Excessive brow furrows and brow ache due to your attempts to lift your lids using your brow muscles. Fatigue that occurs by day’s end due to the constant work to lift the brow and eyelids. These symptoms are all indicative of the need to consider eyelid surgery.

Q: How is Blepharoplasty performed?
A: This is an out-patient procedure that takes approximately 30-45 minutes to perform in an operating suite.

Q: What can I expect after surgery?
A: There will be some stitches present for about one week. The stitches will be hidden in the eyelid crease and removed at about 7 days or may be dissolved if internal. You can expect some swelling and bruising to occur but this is minimized with ice compresses over the first 36 hours. Most people can return to full normal activity at one week. Light, non-strenuous activity can resume in several days following the procedure.

Blepharoplasty Example: 49 year old male underwent upper blepharoplasty with removal of upper eyelid skin and fat and lower eyelid blepharoplasty with fat removal.

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Blepharoplasty Example: 48 year old woman underwent an upper eyelid blepharoplasty.

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Eyelid Surgery Example: 40 year old male underwent lower eyelid fat removal, insertion of cheek and chin implants, and removal of buccal (cheek) fat.

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