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What is Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty or an “eye lift,” is a cosmetic surgery procedure performed to improve the appearance of either the upper or lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty can also be performed for patients whose vision is impaired due to sagging, excess skin of the upper eyelids. Eyelid surgery can correct drooping, bulging, or sagging eyelids that cause people to appear fatigued or much older than their actual age.

Eyelid Surgery can be performed on the top eyelids, bottom eyelids, or both, to improve the appearance of your eyes.

Dr. Rachel, is a quadruple board-certified cosmetic surgeon with particular expertise in blepharoplasty. He also performs corrective eyelid surgery for correction of medical problems such as obstruction of visual field (ptosis), dry eye syndrome or lower eyelid sagging (malposition). When necessary, Dr. Rachel can perform cosmetic and corrective eyelid surgery together at the same time.

Eyelid Surgery Related Procedures

What is an Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty

Most patients seek upper eyelid blepharoplasty to correct excess skin of their upper eyelid. The skin may fold onto the eyelashes and even interfere with vision. This is a minimally invasive surgery in most cases and can be done using local anesthetic alone or under IV sedation. An incision is made in the natural crease of the upper eyelid followed by the removal of excess skin and fat. Occasionally the underlying muscle has stretched out of shape and needs to be trimmed. Wounds are closed with a very fine suture, which can be removed in 5-7 days. Patients return to work the next day if they choose.

What is an Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty

Most patients seek lower eyelid blepharoplasty to correct baggy protrusions of the lower eyelids. Some patients also have excess skin that needs to be removed. This is a minimally invasive surgery in most cases and can be done using local anesthetic alone or under IV sedation. The surgery can be performed from within the lower eyelid so there are no visible scars (a transconjunctival blepharoplasty), or from the outside where the incision is placed in the crease just below the eyelashes where a scar will be camouflaged. Conservative fat removal can be performed with a laser and while patients avoid vigorous activities for a week, wounds usually heal in a matter of days.

Reconstructive/Corrective Eyelid Surgery

The most common causes of functional problems requiring corrective eyelid surgery include ageing, cancer, trauma, birth defects and complications from previous (usually older) techniques of surgery. Reconstructive and corrective eyelid surgery is performed routinely by Dr Rachel to treat the following medical problems:

  • Ptosis (droopiness) of the upper eyelids
  • Lower eyelid sagging (retraction) or malposition
  • Dry eye syndrome due to exposure
  • Ectropion (out turning) of the lower eyelids
  • Repair or reconstruction of the eyelids following skin cancer removal or injuries
  • Eyelid cancer removal
Your Eyelid Surgery will be performed in Dr. John D. Rachel's surgery center located in North Shore.

Dr John Rachel, is a hidden gem! I cant say enough good things about Dr Rachel, his staff, & my overall experience. I recently had an upper eye lid lift surgery. Even though I’m a week into my healing process, I cant tell you how many people complimented on how good my eyes look. Dr Rachel listens and addresses all your questions and concern. His bedside manner is above and beyond any Physician I have EVER had experience with. Any procedure you may be thinking of having, Dr Rachel by far can meet all your needs and expectation.

FAQ’s

  • Am I a good candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

    Ideal candidates for Eyelid Surgery have sagging skin and excess fat in the eyelids that creates a tired appearance and may obstruct vision. Many patients who undergo the surgery are around 35 years of age or older.

  • What other procedures can be performed in conjunction with Eyelid Surgery?

    Several other cosmetic procedures may be safely performed at the same time as upper and/or lower Eyelid Surgery. These include skin resurfacing, facelift, necklift, brow or forehead lift, neck liposuction, fat grafting, or dermal filler injections.

  • Where do you perform is Eyelid Surgery?

    Eyelid Surgery is performed in the comfort of our in office surgical suite.

  • What type of anesthesia is used in Eyelid Surgery?

    Eyelid Surgery can be performed using local anesthesia with the patient awake or IV sedation.

  • How long is the recovery after eyelid surgery?

    Typically, patients undergoing eyelid surgery should plan for seven to ten days off work or other activities, as there will be some bruising and swelling. You can help speed recovery by applying ice and sleeping with your head elevated. Every patient is slightly different.

  • How do you determine what surgical technique will be used in my Eyelid Surgery?

    Only a personal evaluation of the condition of your eyes will allow us to determine what surgical procedure will produce the most improvement. Some patients need the muscular structure above the eyes tightened, some require removing excess eyelid skin, and others have bags or deep tear troughs that that may need attention.

  • Why do some people who had Eyelid Surgery look unnatural?

    When Eyelid Surgery is performed too aggressively, the quantity of excess skin removed can leave your eyes looking strange and wide-eyed, or slanted unnaturally. It is imperative that your cosmetic surgeon is familiar with the surgery and understands facial muscle structure thoroughly to create a fresh, youthful look that appears fully natural.

  • How Long does Eyelid Surgery take to perform?

    The surgery itself requires about one to three hours, depending upon the extent of correction needed.

  • Will I have scars after my Eyelid Surgery?

    Eyelid Surgery requiring removal of excess eyelid skin involves an external skin incision. These skin incisions are made in the natural creases of the upper and lower eyelids. By placing the incisions in the natural creases of the lids, the surgical scars are well concealed and barely visible once healed. Patients who require only excess fat removal from the lower lid can have the incisions placed on the inside of the lower eyelid, resulting in no visible scarring.

  • Is eyelid surgery performed on men, as well as women?

    Yes, eyelid surgery is a common procedure requested by our male patients. Eyelid surgery helps to rejuvenate the eyes, making our male patients appears more refreshed and well rested.

  • Can Eyelid Surgery correct the “crow’s feet”?

    Eyelid Surgery will not improve “crow’s feet”. These fine wrinkles along the sides of the eye are caused by overactivity of the muscle surrounding the eye. “Crow’s feet” are best treated with neurotoxins. These weaken the overactive muscle, resulting in correction of “crow’s feet”. Botox and Dysport is a quick, safe, and effective treatment which can be performed in the office with no “downtime” required.

  • Will my sagging eyebrows be Improved with Eyelid Surgery?

    Eyelid Surgery addresses cosmetic issues involving the eyelids only. It will not provide improvement for aging or sagging brows. It is very common to perform forehead/brow surgery at the same time as Eyelid Surgery. A combination of an eyebrow lift and an Eyelid Surgery is an excellent combination of procedures which can provide total rejuvenation of the upper face and eyes.

  • Will Eyelid Surgery treat a drooping eyelid?

    A “drooping” upper eyelid is typically caused by a malfunction of the mechanics of the upper lid. This condition is termed ptosis. Ptosis repair can be performed at the same time as Eyelid Surgery.

  • When can I wear my glasses after Eyelid Surgery?

    Patients can wear their glasses immediately after eyelid surgery as long as the frames do not rest on the upper and lower eyelids.

  • When can I wear my contact lenses after Eyelid Surgery?

    Typically, patients wait at least 2 weeks after surgery to begin wearing their contact lenses. Patients are evaluated prior to being approved for contact lenses to make sure satisfactory healing, and normal lid closure are present to prevent drying of the eye. Patients are also asked to carefully insert their lenses, and to refrain from excessively “pulling” on their lids to prevent separation of their incisions.

  • Is Eyelid Surgery covered by my insurance?

    Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery is not covered by insurance, because it is an elective surgery. In cases where there is functional eyelid problems, insurance may cover the functional part of the surgery, but the cosmetic Eyelid Surgery will not be covered.

 

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