Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is designed to reduce the sign of aging in the upper and/or lower eyelids.
Excess skin and fat of the upper eyelid will be removed, or modified, to improve the excess skin of the upper eyelid. This cosmetic surgery is designed to open the eyes and rejuvenate the central third of the face. Upper and lower lid surgery may be performed together or separately and often in combination with other facial surgery such as a facelift or brow lift procedure.
It is common to develop an excess of skin in this area as the result of gravity takes a toll as we age, combined with the effect of loose, thinning skin that occurs with time. This is a particular concern in the delicate eye area, which is known to be quite thin in comparison to the rest of the face. Hooded eyelids are a commonly cited concern. While the condition is mostly cosmetic, in extreme cases, it can begin to obstruct a patient’s vision. In Blepharoplasty, Dr. Landon removes excess eyelid skin that sits between the upper lash line and brow bone. This helps to open the eyes and allows the treated patient to appear more well-rested and younger in appearance.
Dr. Landon meets one-on-one with eyelid surgery candidates to evaluate them for the procedure (and explain the operation in more detail and answer any questions).
The best eyelid surgery candidates are in good physical and psychological health and have a stable health history. Individuals with pre-existing medical conditions that could increase the surgical risks, impair healing, or otherwise affect the outcome do not make good candidates for eyelid surgery. For example, an individual with an overactive thyroid may not qualify for eyelid surgery as this condition may lead to excessive swelling and subsequent lid malposition.
Eyelid surgery candidates should not smoke and not have any type of active eye infection. It's also important for candidates to have specific and reasonable goals of surgery that they clearly articulate to Dr. Landon. He will inquire about the patient's ideal cosmetic outcome and work with the patient to set realistic expectations of the outcome.
Dr. Bruce Landon, MD has been performing cosmetic eyelift surgery to patients across the Tampa and Port Richey, Florida area for the last 20-plus years of his esteemed medical career. He completed medical training at UCLA and is board-certified in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures for both the face and body.
Tampa blepharoplasty surgeon, Dr. Landon uses a careful hand paired with the latest techniques to produce an optimal result for the patients that entrust their eyes to his care. It is his goal to ensure patients obtain a natural-looking result with refreshed eyes that appear more youthful and alert, without obvious signs of having work done. Dr. Landon skillfully removes or repositions excess fat, tissue, and muscle in the orbital eye area to help patients look and feel their best.
The upper eyelids take approximately 40 to 45 minutes and the lower eyelids approximately 1 hour. Recent technical changes in lower eyelid surgery result in the suspension of the soft tissue and musculature of the lower eyelid to enhance the longevity of the lift. This substantially improves the transition between the eyelid and cheek improving the aging features of the cheek-lid hollowing. Stitches are absorbable without the need for removal.
Tightening of the lower eyelid support is performed at the same time, to prevent sagging of the lower lid free margin. This tightening is responsible for the slight upswept appearance to the lower lid margin, which will return to a normal natural look, in approximately 2 to 3 weeks. Muscles of the brow are often thinned in conjunction with the upper eyelid surgery, to decrease furrowing or frown lines. This often requires additional postoperative BOTOX® or Dysport® administration for complete eradication. Incisions are made in the upper eyelid crease and below the lash line of the lower lids to minimize postoperative incision show.
If he feels it would be helpful, Dr. Landon may recommend another procedure in conjunction with blepharoplasty for more dramatic facial rejuvenation results. People undergo eyelid surgery to address imperfections that give the eyes a tired, sad, or angry appearance, or make them look prematurely aged. Eyelid surgery can correct the following:
It is helpful to note the difference between eye lift and brow lift surgery. While an upper eyelid removes redundant skin and tissue that has accumulated on the upper eyelid area, a brow lift (or forehead lift) raises the position of the skin on the forehead to increase the height of the brows.
Both procedures do have a lifting effect to smooth sagging eyelid skin; However, some patients may benefit from one procedure versus the other. Dr. Landon will conduct an examination of the eyes and brow bone area to determine which procedure will provide the most optimal result. He is experienced in both procedures, and will only perform a forehead lift in the event the patient has sagging brows that are positioned too low on the face.
Yes. Dr. Landon may suggest a combination of procedures based on the patient's individual needs and cosmetic concerns. Oftentimes, a blepharoplasty and eyebrow lift procedure are performed at the same time as a face and neck lift to achieve total facial rejuvenation. In some cases, correcting signs of aging in one area of the face but not another may result in an inharmonious result.
Bags under the eyes, as well as, most types of dark circles we will see improvement with a lower eyelid lift procedure. Some patients are prone to cosmetic changes in this area as a result of aging, genetics, lifestyle choices, or a combination of all three.
However, the cosmetic procedures at Landon Plastic Surgery can help. Your Tampa lower eyelift surgery alleviates the excess skin, under-eye bags, and puffiness for an eye enhancement that looks completely natural. Dr. Landon makes use of the latest eyelift techniques to minimize unnecessary trauma during surgery while maximizing the results of your procedure.
Swelling and bruising are expected after surgery and will last approximately 2 to 6 weeks in most instances. Cold packs are used after surgery to minimize and control swelling, and extra pillows for head elevation are encouraged to shorten the recuperation. The blurring of the patient’s vision is expected for 48 to 72 hours after surgery due to the lubricating eye drops that are used during the surgery.
Television watching and reading should be limited in the early days of recovery. Showering is acceptable 24 hours after the surgery, and eye make-up wear may be applied after 1 to 2 weeks. Typical return to work is approximately 7 to 10 days, return to exercise is approximately 4 to 6 weeks, and smoking is prohibited in the postoperative period.