Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
When others want you, they look into your eyes, the windows to your soul. We can keep your windows open, awake, youthful, and gorgeous! We apply artistic surgical and non-surgical principles to improve aging brows and eyelids. Each person is unique, no single procedure works for everyone.The best treatment depends on what you want corrected.
Every individual and situation is different. Eyelid rejuvenation must be planned and performed to accommodate this variability. First, Dr. Laverson wants to know what bothers YOU about the eyelids. Is it upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both upper and lower? Adding a fold to the Asian upper eyelid must be planned to accomplish your desired result. Length of the fold and location of the fold are individualized. Rejuvenating Occidental upper and lower lids most often is designed to promote your allure and beauty by restoring youthful attractive elements that harmonize with your other features. Dr. Laverson considers your presenting appearance, skin type, desired result, available recovery time, eyelid function, and other factors. Sagging upper eyelids, a tired expression, bulges, hollows, loose wrinkled skin, darkness of the lower eyelids, and other complaints are common. A non-surgical approach may be preferred, especially for the young. Surgical correction is usually more dramatic and long lasting.
Most commonly, upper eyelid rejuvenation involves removal of extra skin and opening sagging upper eyelids that cause a fatigued expression. Sometimes, upper eyelid shadows or a deep hollow are filled by repositioning fat beneath the eyebrows.
Lower eyelid treatment consists of smoothing the contour between lower lashes and cheek by a combination of skin and lower eyelid tightening, lifting, re-positioning bulging fat, and removal of loose wrinkled skin. Darkness of the lower eyelids from shadows that trap light should become lighter for a more vibrant and youthful appearance. This is accomplished surgically by rearranging deeper soft tissue to reflect light.
Eyelid Q & A with Dr. Laverson
Regarding Blepharoplasty, what methods are used? What about “laser blepharoplasty”? What’s the difference?
Conventional upper eyelid blepharoplasty utilizes a crescent shaped incision located along the upper eyelid fold. Excessive skin and fat may be removed. Eyelids may be lifted and opened more if “bedroom eyes” are causing or contributing to a “sleepy” appearance. For asian patients, type and location of the upper eyelid crease can be adjusted. Fat can be used to lighten shadows if the upper eyelid appears hollow. Other techniques can be applied as indicated.
There are multiple options for the lower eyelid. If you have mild skin excess or wrinkles, laser treatment tightens and smooths the skin. Patients with significant skin excess benefit more from surgical removal, but DON’T BE SCARED, this is a common procedure, and the results can be a dramatic improvement! Through an opening just below the eyelashes, fat can be removed or rearranged to sculpt the desired result so your lower eyelids reflect light youthfully rather than absorbing it into a crease or hollow. Dr. Laverson elevates and repositions the aging, sagging cheek through the lower eyelid to a more youthful, attractive contour. Skin excess is trimmed and the resulting scar disappears along the eyelashes.
Blepharoplasty Recovery (at one week):
Does blepharoplasty affect how contact lenses fit?
No. Blepharoplasty surgery only works on the skin and muscle of the eyelids area — how your contact lenses fit is based on the shape of your eye itself. Although you won’t be able to wear contacts for two weeks or so after surgery (to allow time for the healing process to progress without disturbance) blepharoplasty surgery will not change how your contact lenses fit or function.
Why must brows be evaluated when considering upper blepharoplasty?
The upper eyelid and the brow must always be evaluated together. This is very important.
For example, consider someone with a low brow. The low brow causes skin to pile up on the upper lid. This weight causes the person to unconsciously lift the brow until this weight is removed. If skin is removed during an upper blepharoplasty, upper eyelid sag is reduced. This allows brow elevators to relax and lower the brow until the skin piles up on the lid again and obscures the result of the upper blepharoplasty. This situation can be avoided by recognition of brow sagging and treatment through a brow lift or forehead lift. When someone doesn’t have brow drooping, this situation does not occur.
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