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Eyelid Lift or Blepharoplasty Surgery

Would I Benefit From an Eyelid Lift?

Simply stated, if you look into the mirror and see any or all of the conditions listed below, and you don't like what you see, and you're in good health you may be a good candidate for Dr. Kaplan's Blepharoplasty procedure:

  • Excessive, sagging or wrinkled upper or lower eyelid skin
  • Puffy pouches of fat in the upper or lower lids that create a tired, sad or worn appearance, even though that is not the case
  • Loss of the natural crease in your upper eyelid
  • Excess upper eyelid skin that impact vision


What is an Eyelid Lift?

eyelid lift before and after Blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) surgery addresses the problems of excessive skin, wrinkled skin, puffy pouches of fat and loss of natural creases in the upper and lower eyelids.  These conditions may create the appearance of fatigue, sadness or aging when that may not be the case.  Excess skin from the upper eyelid may affect vision.  Blepharoplasty can be performed on upper eyelids or lower eyelids, or both upper and lower, depending on a patient's concerns.

Dr. Kaplan recommends a blepharoplasty to address these concerns and to restore a more youthful, refreshed appearance.  His blepharoplasty procedure is safe and effective in achieving your goals.

Blepharoplasty cannot lift sagging eyebrows or alter crow's feet and it can only partially reduce dark circles.  Dr. Kaplan may also recommend additional procedures such as browlift, facelift, injectables or skin resurfacing to achieve the best results.

What Dr. Kaplan's Eyelid Lift Surgery Accomplishes:

  • A more refreshed, rested and younger appearance of the eyes.
  • A softer appearance to wrinkle lines (eyelid lift does not remove or erase all wrinkles - but it does soften those that remain after your surgery).
  • Widening of visual fields after removal of skin that impacts your vision.


Anesthesia

Dr. Kaplan generally performs Blepharoplasty surgery under IV Sedation and occasionally under MAC (Monitored Anesthesia Care).  All surgeries are performed in our state-of-the-art AAAHC-certified operating room, complete with all of the required monitoring, delivery and emergency equipment. If MAC is used, a board-certified anesthesiologist is present throughout the operation as (s)he administers and monitors the anesthesia.  Anesthesia will be discussed during your pre-operative appointment.  Blepharoplasty surgery is done on an outpatient basis.

After you are anesthetized and made to feel totally comfortable, Dr. Kaplan will make incisions where the natural crease should be in the upper eyelids and below the lash line in the lower eyelids.  Excess fat and skin are removed through these incisions.  If only excess fat is present in the lower lids, it may be removed through an incision inside the lower lids with no external incision or scar.  This is called Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty.  Self-dissolving sutures are used and usually disappear in 5-7 days.  You may experience some discomfort initially, but this can be effectively managed with oral pain medication and cold compresses.

After Your Blepharoplasty Surgery:

  • Discomfort is usually mild and easily managed with oral medication.
  • Bruising and sensitivity to light is normal for about 7-10 days.
  • Swelling is also normal and disappears over a few weeks.
  • Eye makeup can be worn again shortly after the sutures are gone.
  • Contact lenses can be worn again when comfortable, usually within 7-14 days.
  • Sleep on your back with your head elevated per our instructions.
  • Be sure to keep your follow-up appointments.