Eyelid Surgery in MiamiBlepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is a cosmetic procedure for men and women who have tired or aged appearing eyes. The natural shape of the eye is restored, tightening loose tissue and moving fat surrounding the upper or lower eyelids. Bags and dark circles arounds the eyes are treated and a refreshed appearance is attained.
Who Should Consider Eyelid Surgery?
In most cases, patients undergoing eyelid surgery in Miami are above age 35, although the surgery may be appropriate for younger people in select cases. If loose skin and tissue has collected around your eyelids, you might appear tired or unhappy as a result. Several different factors may contribute to the formation of eye bags. Heredity, aging or stress can play a role. The skin may also be very thin around your eyelids, making it prone to stretch and lose elasticity over time.
If you are affected by the following conditions, eyelid surgery may be right for you.
- Droopy or baggy eyelids
- Loose eyelid skin
- Tired appearance
Dr. Maercks may advise you to consult with your eye doctor before considering blepharoplasty. If you are affected by a circulatory disorders or eye-related medical problems (dry eye, glaucoma, etc), this procedure may not be right for you.
The Surgical Procedure: How Blepharoplasty Works
As an outpatient procedure, blepharoplasty will require about 1 – 3 hours. Local anesthesia is administered to numb the area, so you’ll be insensitive to pain but conscious during the surgery.
Before and After Blepharoplasty
Surgical incisions trace a natural line along the eyelid and eyelid crease. Dr. Maercks separates the skin from the underlying tissue and then trims the excess. A small amount of fatty tissue may also be removed. The doctor then closes the incisions using very fine sutures. One alternative technique used by plastic surgeons is called the transconjunctivital technique, which requires an incision inside the lower eyelid. Click here to see before and after photos of Miami eyelid surgery.
Life After Eyelid Surgery in Miami: What to Expect
The approximate recovery time from blepharoplasty is about 10 days. At the end of the surgery, Dr. Maercks will lubricate your eyes, apply ointment and then apply a bandage. Patients should expect some soreness in the eyes as the anesthesia wears off. During the first day of recovery, you may experience some discomfort, swelling, blurred vision and bruising. Itching, which peaks after about three days, is another commonly reported side effect during recovery from eyelid surgery.
Dr. Maercks can explain these details for your individual case, as well as provide specific instructions for the recovery period. You may be advised to keep your head elevated, use cold compresses to reduce swelling, and postpone exercise and contact lens wear for 2–3 weeks.
Miami Eyelid Surgery
To find out more about cosmetic eyelid surgery in Miami and other facial rejuvenation procedures, contact the Miami Beach plastic surgery practice of Rian A. Maercks M.D. Call 305-328-8256 to schedule your first appointment.