Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) near Fort Lauderdale, FL
Have you noticed that your eyes are not as attractive as they were in your younger years? Blepharoplasty by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David J. Levens gives men and women in Fort Lauderdale and Broward County refreshed appearances associated with excess skin and fat on the eyelids.
What is Eyelid Surgery?
A more alert, youthful and less tired look: That’s the typical goal for patients considering eyelid surgery. Women often also complain that loose tissue creates difficulty with make-up application. Both men and women find that sagging tissue creates an undesirable impression of stress and advancing age.
Blepharoplasty makes the eyes appear larger and more open by removing excess or loose skin and fatty tissues which produce bags around the upper or lower lids.
However, there are limits to the amount of tissue that can or should be removed from the eyelid. Therefore, Dr. Levens is extremely careful and precise in planning every eyelid surgery, striving to produce the most significant improvement possible within the bounds of utmost safety.
Benefits of Blepharoplasty
Blepharoplasty has both cosmetic and functional benefits. By removing the excess skin and fat from the upper eyelids, Dr. Levens is able to give your eyes a more open appearance. Additionally, some patients experience less interference with field of view once the excess skin is removed from the upper eyelids.
Good Candidates for Eyelid Surgery
Healthy men and women with loose, sagging or bulging tissue above or below the eyes are good candidates for this procedure. Dr. Levens recommends that you have a thorough eye exam prior to scheduling eyelid surgery to ensure that you are a good candidate.
Blepharoplasty Before and After Photos in Fort Lauderdale, FL
What Happens During Eyelid Surgery?
Incisions are placed in the fold of the upper eyelid and immediately below the lash line of or inside the lower eyelid, to make them inconspicuous. Excess skin is then removed from the upper eyelids. If excess fatty tissue is producing bulges or bags, that tissue is carefully contoured to produce a natural lid appearance.
After rechecking the lid, the incisions are closed with tiny sutures. Incisions inside the lower lid may not require sutures. A laser is sometimes used on the skin of the lower eyelid to help minimize fine lines and wrinkles, and to shrink excess skin.
Special Considerations for Blepharoplasty Patients
Risks of injury to the eye, infection, or impairment of vision are extremely small, but do exist and should be considered. Other risks common to all surgical procedures such as bleeding, infection and scar tissue formation occur in a very small percentage of cases. Dr. Levens will give you more detailed information about these risks in our written information and during your consultation.
Eyelid surgery cannot remove every wrinkle from the eyelid area. Also, there are always some differences between your two eyelids. Eyelid surgery can reduce those differences; some slight difference may remain after the procedure.
Recovery after Eyelid Surgery
You will have minimal discomfort following eyelid surgery. There will be some swelling for the first week or two but it fades rapidly. Pink skin coloration (from laser treatment) and bruising may last several weeks but can be covered with make-up after seven days to hide bruising.
Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure. The typical schedule of recovery is:
- Bruising and swelling for 5 to 14 days.
- Return to work and social activities within 7 to 14 days.
- Partake in aerobic or strenuous activities within 14 to 21 days.
Any aerobic activity that increases your pulse over 100 also increases your blood pressure, and could make you bleed if this activity is resumed too soon after surgery. You should not drive for at least one week following your procedure, or until all swelling is gone and your vision is normal. It is imperative that you avoid sun exposure.
How Much Does Blepharoplasty Cost?
The cost of blepharoplasty is based upon an individual treatment plan that Dr. Levens develops during your consultation. After the appointment, we provide you with a total cost and explain our payment options, including cash, personal check, Visa®, MasterCard® and American Express®. If you are interested in financing your eyelid surgery, our patient coordinators will explain how to apply for CareCredit®, Alphaeon Credit, or Prosper® Healthcare Lending.
Learn More about Blepharoplasty
Dr. Levens will review every aspect of blepharoplasty with you during your complimentary consultation. Patient Coordinators Diana and Chris will discuss fees, financing plans, and scheduling, and answer any additional questions. There is absolutely no obligation to schedule a procedure. To arrange your consultation, please contact us today.
Dr. Levens has been providing blepharoplasty for patients in Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, and throughout Broward County since 1989.