Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
What is Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery, also referred to as Blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure performed by Jacksonville Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Roberto Garcia. The goal of the surgery is to improve the appearance of the eyelids and improve the signs of aging.
Blepharoplasty tightens eyelid muscles and tissue and removes excess fat and skin. This is one of the simplest least invasive procedures offered. Surgery can be performed on the upper lids, lower lids or both. Eyelid surgery can rejuvenate the area surrounding your eyes, whether you want to improve your appearance or are experiencing functional problems with your eyelids.
The popularity of this procedure reflects the importance of the eyes in complementing the patient’s overall appearance. If the appearance of the eyes causes a patient to be unhappy, they may want to consider lower eyelid blepharoplasty to improve their look and boost their confidence through a safe procedure with minimal downtime. Dr. Roberto Garcia is a blepharoplasty surgeon in Ponte Vedra Beach performing roughly 4-5 eyelid surgeries a week with phenomenal results.
What can Eyelid Surgery treat?
- Eyelid Hooding (Dermatochalasis)
- Loose or sagging skin that creates folds on the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision
- Fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the eyelids
- Bags under the eyes
- Drooping lower eyelids
- Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid
What is Eyelid Hooding?
Eyelid Hooding or Dermatochalasis is a medical condition that is characterized by an excess of droopy skin primarily of the upper eyelid. Eyelid hooding is more prevalent in those older than 40 but can occur at any age. It is typically caused by the loss of elasticity and gradual weakening of connective tissues in the skin that come with aging. Although it tends to run in families, it can be a secondary effect of certain systemic diseases, trauma or prior surgery.
What Is A Lower Blepharoplasty?
If a patient has loose, sagging skin or puffy bags beneath their eyes, this procedure can help reduce these unwanted effects and leave the eyes looking young and refreshed.
It is important for patients to have realistic expectations before undergoing a lower eyelid blepharoplasty procedure in order to be satisfied with their results. While the procedure can enhance their appearance and may improve self-confidence as a result, it cannot alter a patient’s entire appearance or change the structure of their face.
Candidates for Eyelid Surgery
Good candidates for eyelid surgery are those individuals who meet the following conditions:
- Are in good overall health
- Do not have any serious eye conditions
- Have healthy facial tissue and muscle
- Are not on any blood thinning agents
How is Eyelid Surgery Performed?
Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) procedure is performed with either local or general anesthesia. The method or procedure to be used will be determined by the amount of fat that needs to be removed, the location of the fat and how much skin requires tightening. The procedure typically takes 45 minutes to an hour.
The upper eyelid can be corrected through an incision within the natural crease of the eyelid. This allows for removal or repositioning of fat deposits, tightening of muscles and removal of excess skin.
Lower Eyelid Surgery Procedure
Lower eyelid surgery may be corrected with an incision just below the lower lash line. Through this incision, excess skin or fat in the lower eyelid is removed. There are several different surgical approaches that can be used in a lower eyelid blepharoplasty. They are as follows:
- Transconjunctival lower blepharoplasty: This is the preferred approach of Dr. Roberto Garcia. He has performed thousands of these with outstanding results. Often chosen when minimal skin needs to be removed, a transconjunctival lower lid blepharoplasty creates an incision on the inside of the lower eyelid, leaving no visible scar or other evidence of the surgery. If there is slight remaining skin to the lower eyelid, Dr. Garcia will perform a very conservative skin pinch with a light chemical peel.
- Transcutaneous lower blepharoplasty: A transcutaneous lower lid blepharoplasty is performed with a sub ciliary incision, also known as a pinch technique, to remove protruding fat and excess skin.
Eyelid Surgery Before and After Results
*Individual Results May Vary
Before & After Gallery
The gallery of images contains photographs illustrating patients’ appearances before and after surgery.
Combining Eyelid Surgery with a Brow Lift
What to expect After Your Eyelid Surgery
After the blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) procedure, Dr. Roberto Garcia may recommend applying lubricating drops or ointment and cold compresses to aid in the healing process and minimize side effects such as:
- Dry eyes
Patients can usually return to work within a few days but should avoid exercise and strenuous activities for at least two weeks. Stitches are usually removed 5-7 days after the procedure. Swelling and other side effects usually subside within two weeks after surgery. Contact lenses and eyelid make-up may not be worn for 10 days after surgery. Dr. Roberto Garcia sees all of his patients personally and will instruct them on how to care for the eyes post-procedure.
What is a Revision Blepharoplasty?
After undergoing an eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, if the results are not up to the patient’s expectations, it can be disappointing. It is always prudent to wait a few months, after the procedure, to determine how the eyes will truly look once the swelling has gone down and healing has taken place. If a patient is still not satisfied at that point, however, a consultation can help them explore their options for an eyelid revision procedure.
Ponte Vedra Beach Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Roberto Garcia takes an individualized and detailed approach to every consult and assures and provides the patient with a very honest and upfront analysis.
Common reasons that one may seek Revision Eyelid Surgery are:
- Lower eyelid retraction
- Discomfort or pain
- Blurry vision
- Lack of symmetry
Every patient and each case are different. In cases of overcorrection, in which too much tissue was removed, the remaining eyelid skin can often be redistributed to improve the result. When an under correction is the problem and not enough tissue was removed, another blepharoplasty procedure may need to be performed to achieve the patient’s desired appearance.
The Eyelid Surgery Consultation
At Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery we offer the Vectra 3D, a state of the art imaging system that allows patients to preview their expected results prior to undergoing a procedure.
During your consultation, Dr. Garcia will take photographs of a patient’s face or specific part that will be performed on. He will then create a 3D digital replication of the same body part using the VECTRA simulator. These images will allow Dr. Garcia to preview the various surgical/nonsurgical options with the patient.
Learn more about the Vectra 3D.
*Individual Results May Vary
Schedule a consultation
Find out if you are a good candidate for eyelid surgery, call (904) 686-8020 to schedule a consultation at Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery. Our practice serves Ponte Vedra Beach, Jacksonville and surrounding areas in Northern Florida.