Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

The eyes are integral to maintaining a youthful appearance. It is well recognized that the eyes are a focal point of the face, and invite the most attention. The eyes are also one of the first areas of the face to exhibit aging in the form of fine lines , wrinkles, heavy bags under the eyes, and excess skin that can hang over the eyes and interfere with vision. Patients often report that they always look tired or unhappy.

Cosmetic eyelid surgery (also known as blepharoplasty) can help to reverse signs of aging and restore a youthful, rejuvenated appearance. It is often performed in conjunction with a facelift or neck lift to improve overall appearance. In some patients who have obstructed vision from excess upper eyelid skin, eyelid surgery may be reimbursable by insurance.

Dr. Suhael Zahur has extensive experience in eyelid rejuvenation with both upper and lower lid blepharoplasty. During your consultation, he will discuss all treatment options to help you restore a more youthful appearance.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is blepharoplasty?
  • Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure which involves the removal of excess skin , muscle and fat from the upper and lower eyelids. This procedure is done to give the eyes a more youthful and pleasing appearance. Blepharoplasty can also be done in order to remove excess skin from saggy eyelids that can interfere with vision. Dr. Suhael Zahur takes great care in producing a natural result that restores youthful contour to the face.

  • How is blepharoplasty performed?
  • Blepharoplasty is typically done though well-concealed incisions. At times, a small amount of fat is removed from the eyelids. However, in some patients, this fat removal is avoided. In the past, fat was removed in the majority of blepharoplasty operations, but this led to some having a hollowed out appearance. For this reason, some patients do not have any fat removed during surgery. In these patients, fat may actually be re-positioned or even added to restore a youthful appearance.

  • Does eyelid surgery require anesthesia?
  • Eyelid surgery is most commonly done under local anesthesia combined with sedation.

  • Is Blepharoplasty an inpatient or outpatient procedure?
  • Blepharoplasty is typically done as an outpatient procedure, and the patients usually go home on the same day. It is rare that an overnight hospital stay is required.

  • Does eyelid surgery cause any scars?
  • Blepharoplasty usually produces very well-hidden scars. Incisions for upper eyelid surgery are typically placed within normal eyelid creases and folds. For lower lid blepharoplasty, incisions are placed just below the lash line. Regardless of the incision chosen, the scars are usually not noticeable.

  • Can eyelid surgery fix dark circles under the eyes?
  • These may slightly improve with lower eyelid surgery. Dark pigmentation of the eyelid skin is more appropriately treated with laser resurfacing and chemical peels. However, the 'dark circles' that patients describe are often shadows that form under the eyes. These can be addressed by improving the contour of the lower eyelid, often done by re-positioning fat or by adding volume.

  • How long do the results of eyelid surgery last?
  • The results of blepharoplasty are usually long-lasting.

  • Is blepharoplasty ever covered by insurance?
  • In certain circumstances, cosmetic eyelid surgery may be covered to some degree when used to treat excess skin of the upper eyelids that is causing visual impairment.

  • When can I go back to work after eyelid surgery?
  • Bruising and swelling after eyelid surgery may be noticeable for at least seven to ten days. Nevertheless, patients often find that they can return to work within a few days after their procedure and some opt to wear makeup to conceal discoloration.

  • When are the stitches removed after eyelid surgery?
  • Typically, the stitches that Dr. Suhael Zahur uses require removal about five days after eyelid surgery.

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