Eyelid surgery, also known as “blepharoplasty,” is a cosmetic procedure that is designed to reverse the signs of aging of the upper and/ or lower eyelids by removing loose skin and excess fat. If you are interested in giving your eyes a more refreshed appearance, get in touch with Elmquist Eye Group in Fort Myers or Cape Coral.
We take great pride in providing everyone in the family, from children to seniors, with personalized care. Serving Southwest Florida for more than two decades, 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 the most up-to-date eyecare treatments.
The Elmquist team provides a complete range of services, including comprehensive eye exams, diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions, such as presbyopia, myopia, hyperopia, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, and dry eyes, as well as refractive cataract surgery, LASIK surgery, glaucoma laser surgery, eyelid surgery, and other procedures.
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.
What is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that removes skin and adds or removes fat from the eyelids. It is one of the most common cosmetic procedures in the U.S. today and can be done to improve:
- Drooping and sagging eyelids
- Lines and wrinkles
- Bags under the eyes
- Puffiness in the lower eyelid area
- Tired appearance
- Poor vision (in some cases)
What Causes Drooping Eyelids?
Eyelid skin is thinner than most other skin on the face and is often the first to show signs of aging. Gravity can pull the upper eyelid skin downward, creating extra creases and folds. Smoking, sun damage, stretching from weight gain and loss, and wear and tear from blinking and rubbing also contribute to the deterioration of the eyelid tissues and surrounding skin.
Who are the Best Candidates for Eyelid Surgery?
The best candidates for blepharoplasty are men and women who have healthy facial tissue and muscles and realistic expectations. Most patients are over 35 years of age, but if your droopy, baggy eyelids are hereditary, you may decide to have eyelid surgery at a younger age.
How Long Does Recovery Take?
Most patients have minimal discomfort after blepharoplasty. There may be minimal swelling and/or bruising that lasts for 7 to 10 days. While you can resume your normal routine within a few days, it is advisable to avoid strenuous activities for about two weeks.
How Long Do the Results Last?
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.
Your eyes are in capable hands at Elmquist Eye Group. We have been listed at Angie’s List since 2008, where we have maintained an “A” rating and are one of very few Southwest Florida ophthalmology and optometry practices to perform well enough to consistently earn their Super Service Award.
Call us at (239) 936-2020 to schedule an appointment to explore your options for blepharoplasty and find out if you would be a good candidate.