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Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Droopy eyelids can make you look tired and older than your actual age. Eyelid surgery can help reverse signs of aging by removing fatty tissue and extra skin around the eyes. Plastic surgeons Nathan Eberle, M.D., D.D.S., and Barry Schwartz, M.D., F.A.C.S.., of the Weston Center for Plastic Surgery, offers eyelid surgery to the residents of Fort Lauderdale and the Broward County area.

What is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty, the medical term for eyelid surgery, can streamline the appearance of the eye area through the removal of extra skin and fat. This technique is commonly performed on patients with puffy under-eye bags, as well as those whose upper eyelids droop into their eyes. Many patients find that these effects cause them to look tired or older than they really are. Blepharoplasty surgery offers the opportunity to reverse these effects, helping you to look refreshed and rejuvenated.

Benefits of Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty corrects the unsightly accumulation of excess skin above the eye and helps patients look younger, more alert and less tired by removing bags around the eyes that make people look older than they are. Eyelid surgery provides the following benefits:

  • Removes excess loose and sagging skin around the brows and upper eyelids
  • Eliminates wrinkles and sagging skin around the corners of the eyes
  • Reduces swelling and puffiness under the lower eyelids and in the hollows of the eye sockets
  • Removes excess loose, sagging skin from the lower eyelid region

Is Blepharoplasty Right For Me?

Blepharoplasty can be performed on either the upper or lower eyelids. Many patients undergo blepharoplasty because their upper eyelids have started to sag or droop.In some cases, this has even begun to affect their ability to see. Under-eye bags can cause a tired or worn-out effect. Blepharoplasty can be performed on men and women who are in good general health. Certain health conditions, particularly glaucoma and other medical conditions affecting the eyes, may prevent you from undergoing this form of cosmetic surgery.

Patients should note that blepharoplasty focuses on the eyelids themselves, not the surrounding area. As such, it is not a good treatment for “crow’s feet” wrinkles. Often, eyelid surgery is combined with a brow lift or other form of cosmetic surgery treating the facial area.

How Involved Is The Blepharoplasty Procedure?

Most eyelid surgeries can be performed under general anesthesia and require between one to two hours. This surgical procedure is considered to be fairly minimally invasive. First, Dr. Eberle makes incisions either in the natural skin creases of the eyelid or behind the lower eyelid. Next, excess fat and skin are trimmed away to make the eyelids smoother. Finally, the incisions are held closed with small sutures or surgical tape.

How Long Is The Recovery After Eyelid Surgery?

Most patients take about a week off from work to recover after blepharoplasty. During this time, antibiotic ointment may be prescribed. Keep your head and neck elevated and avoid irritating the eye area. Common side effects include tenderness, bruising and swelling. You may also experience temporary vision effects such as watery or dry eyes, double or blurred vision or light sensitivity.

How Much Does Eyelid Surgery Cost?

Eyelid surgery can be performed on the upper lids, lower lids or both sets during the same surgical session. Procedures involving both the upper and lower eyelids tend to be more expensive than those focusing on one or the other. Financing is available.

What Should I Do Next?

If you live in Fort Lauderdale or Broward County, and you’re dissatisfied with the way your eyelids appear, blepharoplasty surgery may be the solution. Contact plastic surgeons Nathan Eberle, M.D., D.D.S., and Barry Schwartz, M.D., F.A.C.S., at the Weston Center for Plastic Surgery today for your complimentary consultation.