Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty Fort Myers, Florida
Upper eyelid droop is a normal part of aging, but sometimes it can be significant enough to interfere with your vision while you read or watch television. If your eyelids are drooping to this degree, you likely need a surgical procedure. Elmquist Eye Group performs this procedure, upper eyelid blepharoplasty, in Fort Myers, Florida.
What exactly is blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is an upper eyelid surgery designed to restore the upper eyelid skin to a more natural, normal position. During the procedure, the surgeon removes excess skin and fat, and tightens the levator muscle that holds the eyelid up and in place. When you have the procedure done, your eyelids will no longer block your vision and you will have a more refreshed and youthful appearance.
Eyelid droop affects people of all ages, genders and ethnicities, and lifestyle factors like smoking and excessive sun exposure can cause the tissues to break down more rapidly, so you may notice signs at a much earlier age.
Why do I need blepharoplasty? Am I a candidate?
Because the eyelid skin is thinner than the other facial skin, the eye area often droops and is first to show signs of aging. Many patients report pain in their foreheads, which is caused by the muscle fatigue that occurs from trying to hold their eyes open.
Most patients are excellent candidates. Both men and women can have the procedure, and we can do all four eyelids – upper and lower – in one surgery if needed. Our experienced team will perform a pre-surgical assessment to determine whether your facial tissue and muscles are healthy enough for the surgery.
What are the risks of blepharoplasty?
During blepharoplasty, you will be given twilight anesthesia and remain awake but comfortable during the entire procedure. Each lid takes about 20 minutes. The surgeon will create an incision along the eyelid’s natural crease, then reposition the eyelid to a more natural position by lifting the lid. To do so, the surgeon tightens the small levator muscle that supports the eyelid, and removes fat to create a more naturlal look. Ultrafine sutures are used to close the incision.
Surgical risk is very low in blepharoplasty. The most common post-surgical symptom is dry eye. Bruising and pain are minimal. Development of a hematoma (blood collecting under the surgical area) or the likelihood of a scratched cornea are very uncommon.
Blepharoplasty Surgery Near You
Dr. Yasaira Rodriguez is our comprehensive ophthalmologist and experienced blepharoplasty surgeon at Elmquist Eye Group. Dr. Rodriguez is both board-certified by and is a fellow of the American Board of Ophthalmology (AAO). Beyond those excellent credentials, she is a tremendously committed and caring physician who takes the time with every patient to provide the individual attention he or she needs.
If your eyelid droop has become problematic and is causing interference with your vision, come to Elmquist Eye Group for a diagnosis. It may be time for upper eyelid blepharoplasty from the best eye surgeon in Fort Myers, Florida. Our experienced team will perform a thorough exam and answer all your questions, and if we do recommend surgery, we know you’ll have a great experience with us. Don’t wait. You can trust your eyes to the professionals at Elmquist Eye Group. Call us today to make an appointment.