Upper & Lower Eyelid Surgery Broward County and West Palm Beach Florida
The eyes are a vital part of facial expression. They reflect how we feel emotionally and physically. Unfortunately, other factors may greatly affect the appearance of the eyes as well.
As we age, the eyelid skin may sag, droop, or produce puffiness or bags. For men and women across Broward County and West Palm Beach Florida, eyelid surgery can correct these conditions to rejuvenate and improve the appearance of the eyes.
Request an appointment with Dr. Sampson to find out more today. The evaluation begins with a discussion of your medical history, including your history of vision problems. The physical exam will focus on eyelid position, excess skin, and the presence of fat.
Choosing Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, requires an individualized approach. During the initial evaluation, Broward County and West Palm Beach Florida plastic surgeon Dr. Sampson will consider the presence of excess skin, drooping eyelids and bags. He will make recommendations on whether other techniques of facial rejuvenation should be combined with the eyelid surgery.
The presence of a sagging eyebrow may necessitate the need for a brow lift. Sagging of the upper eyelid, or excess upper eyelid skin is treated by removal of excess skin. The incision is placed in the natural crease of the upper eyelid producing a more youthful contour and eyelid appearance.
The lower eyelid skin excess is treated by skin excision and the repositioning of the eyelid fat. In your youthful lower eyelid, it may be unnecessary to excise skin and the trans-conjunctival technique can be used to remove or reposition fat without incising skin.
The procedures are performed in the operating room with local anesthesia, with or without sedation, but can be used or the procedure may be done under general anesthesia. The upper and lower eyelids may be done as separate or combined procedures. The procedure usually takes 1 to 2 hours. Eyelid surgery also can be combined with a facelift. For more information about blepharoplasty in Broward County and West Palm Beach Florida contact Dr Sampson today.
Following surgery, iced gauze is placed on the eyelids to reduce swelling. No fixed dressing is used and patients are able to open their eyes as needed. It is important to have assistance the first night of surgery. No heavy activity should be planned. Ice packs are continued for 24 hours.
The sutures usually fall out on their own within a week and the swelling will take 1 to 3 months to resolve. Return to work is possible within one week if your job does not require heavy activity.
Potential Risks and Complications
The most important part of the evaluation is the presence of high blood pressure and the use of anti-inflammatories, aspirin, Motrin, or Ibuprofen. These medications and health risks contribute to bleeding. Bleeding is the most significant complication from blepharoplasty both upper and lower.
Risks include ectropion, a condition where the lower eyelids is pulled down due to scarring or if too much skin is removed. In the upper eyelids, lagophthalmos, or the inability to fully close the lid, may occur in rare cases. Of course, the amount of resulting scarring is very individual and it is possible to have hypertrophic scarring.
Eyelid Surgery: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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Dr. Sampson is a member of the ABC 53 Makeover team.
175 SW 7th St Suite 1709/10
Miami, Florida 33130