Eyelid Lift – Jacksonville Plastic Surgery
Blepharoplasty, referred to as an eyelid lift, is performed at Jacksonville Plastic Surgery by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. John J. Obi. The eyelid lift procedure, to remove fat–usually along with excess skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids, is performed at our on on-site surgical facility, The Jacksonville Plastic Surgery Center, on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia with sedation and is usually completed within 1 to 3 hours. The Jacksonville Plastic Surgery Center is accredited by the prestigious American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF).
The decision to have blepharoplasty is a very personal one and the most frequent factors in this decision are:
• to correct drooping upper lids
• to correct puffy bags below the eyes
• to enhance the youthfulness of your face
• to improve vision that is hindered by sagging skin around the eyes
• to add an upper eyelid crease to Asian eyes
Eyelid surgery can enhance your appearance and self-confidence, in addition to giving your face a more alert and youthful look. Blepharoplasty can be done alone or in conjunction with other facial surgery procedures such as a facelift or browlift. People find the eyelid lift procedure to be a most rewarding and beneficial experience.
Eyelid lift surgery involves making incisions following the natural lines of your eyelids, in the creases of your upper lids, and just below the lashes in the lower lids. The incisions may extend into the crow’s feet or laugh lines at the outer corners of your eyes. Bear in mind, blepharoplasty will not remove crow’s feet. The skin is then separated from underlying fatty tissue and muscle, excess fat is removed, and often sagging skin and muscle is trimmed. The incisions are then closed with very fine sutures.
Transconjunctival blepharoplasty may be performed if you have a pocket of fat beneath your lower eyelids but do not need to have any skin removed. In this procedure, the incision is made inside your lower eyelid, leaving no visible scar. It is usually performed on younger patients with thicker, more elastic skin.
There are risks involved with any surgical procedure and the specific risks and restrictions after surgery will be discussed in detail at your consultation. Generally it is recommended that patients avoid smoking and the ingestion of any medications (aspirin, Vitamin E, etc.) that may affect bleeding before any surgery is undertaken.
There are physical restrictions immediately following the surgery, and patients are usually able to return to limited activity within a week and full physical activity within three weeks.