When to Have Upper Eyelid Surgery
Have you been considering when to have upper eyelid surgery? If you would like to give your eyes a more refreshed and youthful look, learn more about blepharoplasty surgery at Elmquist Eye Group.
Using state-of-the-art technology, E. Trevor Elmquist, DO, and his highly skilled associates, including Kate Wagner, OD, partner, Nina Burt, OD, and Sarah Eccles-Brown, MD, provide a full spectrum of eye care services in a comfortable and caring setting.
Dr. Elmquist is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, the American Osteopathic Board of Ophthalmology, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has been selected for five consecutive years as one of America’s Top Doctors in ophthalmology by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., which recognizes him as one of the best ophthalmologists in Cape Coral and Fort Myers and among the top 1% of ophthalmologists in the nation.
Dr. Eccles-Brown is an experienced eye surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Her areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, cataract surgery, LASIK, and in-office procedures.
What is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is the medical term for eyelid surgery. It is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to add or remove fat deposits and sagging, loose skin from the upper and/or lower eyelids to reverse the signs of aging. In the US, it is one of the most common cosmetic procedures and can address issues like:
- Lines and wrinkles
- Puffiness in the lower or upper eyelid area
- Eyelids that sag into your field of vision
- Poor vision (in some cases)
- Bags under the eyes
- Excess eyelid fatty deposits
- Tired appearance
Blepharoplasty is most commonly performed under local anesthesia in the office. Dr. Eccles-Brown marks the incision sites by following the natural creases of your eyelids. Excess fat is removed, and sagging skin and muscle is carefully trimmed. The incisions are closed with very fine stitches, and any resulting scars will fade away completely over time.
Following eyelid surgery, most patients return to work within one week and are back to full activities after 10 days. The results of upper eyelid surgery often last a lifetime, although some patients may need to have it repeated. Lower eyelid surgery rarely needs to be repeated.
Who is a Good Candidate for Blepharoplasty Surgery?
Men and women who have realistic expectations and healthy facial muscle and tissue make the best candidates for blepharoplasty. If your baggy, droopy eyelids are hereditary, you might decide to have eyelid surgery at an earlier age, but most patients are over the age of 35.
Despite being quite safe, blepharoplasty, like all surgery, has its share of risks. If you suffer from insufficient tear production, high blood pressure, diabetes, glaucoma, a detached retina, circulatory disorders, cardiovascular disease or thyroid disease, you may not be a good candidate for eyelid surgery.
If you would like to know more about when to have upper eyelid surgery, call Elmquist Eye Group in Fort Myers, FL today at (239) 936-2020 to schedule an appointment. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have about the procedure.