Eyelid surgery, also called “blepharoplasty,” is a cosmetic procedure that can reverse the signs of aging of the upper and/ or lower eyelids.
Providing expert eye care in Southwest Florida for 25 years, E. Trevor Elmquist, DO, his partner Kate Wagner, OD, and his associates Sarah Eccles-Brown, MD, and Nina Burt, OD, offer wide-ranging expertise in eyelid surgery and the most up-to-date eyecare treatments.
Dr. Elmquist is a highly skilled ophthalmologist and surgeon who has also been selected as one of America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. He and Dr. Eccles-Brown are board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and fellows of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Drs. Wagner and Burt are experienced board certified optometrists.
Are You a Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
Blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both, depending on your needs. You may benefit from having a blepharoplasty procedure if you:
- Are in overall good health
- Have no serious eye conditions or diseases
- Have drooping upper eyelids
- Have puffy, baggy lower eyelids
- Have wrinkles or excess skin around the eyelids
What to Expect During Your Consultation
Your eyelid surgery consultation at Elmquist Eye Group is a great opportunity to discuss your treatment goals with us, and for us to evaluate you as a candidate for surgery.
We want to hear about your expectations from surgery and will explain whether blepharoplasty can achieve them. We will review your health history, the medications you take, and previous surgeries you may have had to confirm that you are a good candidate.
If eyelid surgery will meet your needs and goals, we will discuss the procedure and what you can expect, such as anesthesia, the procedure itself, and how to plan for recovery. We will take as much time as you need to discuss the surgical procedure and its possible outcomes.
Most patients have minimal discomfort after blepharoplasty. There may be temporary swelling and/or bruising around the eyes that lasts for 7 to 10 days. Pain and discomfort can be managed with medication. You may also experience some light sensitivity, tearing or blurry vision as you recover. While you can resume your normal routine within a few days, it is advisable to avoid strenuous activities for about two weeks.
The results of eyelid surgery last quite a long time, but blepharoplasty won’t stop your eyes from aging. Upper eyelid surgery often lasts a lifetime but some patients may need it repeated. Lower eyelid surgery rarely needs to be repeated.
When performed by a qualified surgeon, blepharoplasty is safe and recovery is smooth. Schedule an appointment at Elmquist Eye Group by calling (239) 936-2020. We will help you explore your options and find out if you would be a good candidate.