Eyelid Surgery

Aging around the eyes is a common concern for both men and women. Droopiness and redundant skin of the upper eyelids can develop, while puffy bags and wrinkling can form under the eyes. The main solution to these complaints is a surgical cosmetic procedure called blepharoplasty, or an Eyelid Lift surgery. Dr. Melyssa Hancock and Dr. Nathan E. Nachlas skillfully perform this procedure at the Nose and Sinus Institute of Boca Raton.

Frequently Asked Questions

Tired-looking eyes that do not improve with sleep may be the result of sagging skin and puffiness that can only be alleviated with surgery. Eyelid surgery, known medically as Blepharoplasty, is a procedure that removes excess skin, fat, and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. It can be done on upper lids to raise hooded or droopy eyelids. It is also performed on lower lids to remove bags and tighten loose skin. The procedure results in a more rested appearance and may be combined with other cosmetic surgeries for optimal improvement.

For many people, tired-looking eyes are one of the first signs of aging in the face. If people often tell you that you look tired, even when you feel rested, it might be due to puffy or sagging skin around the eyes that makes you look fatigued or even grumpy. If drooping upper lids or bags beneath the eyes are making you feel older than you are, eyelid surgery may be the answer. Eyelid surgery offers many benefits, including:

• Enhanced facial appearance
• Brighter, more youthful eyes
• Increased self-confidence

The goal of the procedure to create a younger-looking and refreshed appearance by opening the area around the eyes. During the eyelid procedure, Dr. Hancock and Dr. Nachlas will carefully reshape the tissues of the upper or lower eyelids. They may remove skin, muscle, excess tissue, or fat during the procedure. Eyelid surgery may be performed on the upper eyelid alone, the lower eyelid alone, or both eyelids together, depending on your unique needs.

On the upper eyelid, incisions are typically placed in the natural crease of the eyelid. When the eye is open, any scarring that may occur remains hidden in the crease. A properly placed incision in a natural fold is practically invisible once healing has occurred.

With a lower eyelid procedure, the incisions are either located along the lash line and in the smile creases of the lower lid or behind the eyelid itself. These incision placements minimize any visible scar.

Eyelid surgery is typically performed with local, intravenous, or general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure and takes about 1-2 hours. After a short time in the post-operative recovery area, patients can return home the same day.

Eyelid surgery is an ideal complement to Facelift and Brow Lift surgery. Non-surgical treatments that can enhance the results from your procedure include BOTOX® and dermal fillers.

Dr. Hancock and Dr. Nachlas customize each eyelid surgery with the anti-aging needs of the patient in mind in order to help a patient achieve a balanced and natural-looking facial appearance. As a result, Dr. Hancock and Dr. Nachlas may recommend a combination of procedures in conjunction with an eyelid surgery to ensure that you can achieve the best possible results. Some of these procedures include:

  • Facelift: Reverses the visible signs of aging in the face such as jowls and sagging or loose skin
  • Neck Lift: Reduces or removes loose or sagging neck skin, excess fat in the lower face or chin, and other visible signs of aging in the neck
  • Brow Lift: Treats drooping brows and deep wrinkles of the forehead, restoring a smoother, more youthful contour to the upper portion of the face
  • Submental Liposuction: Eliminates excess fat causing the appearance of a double chin and improves the contours of the chin and jawline
  • Botox: Smooths fine lines, wrinkles, and furrows caused by excessive muscle movements
  • Dermal Fillers: Enhances the facial appearance without surgery by restoring volume to create a more youthful facial contour
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Hair Loss Treatment: Stimulates new hair growth and improves the health and strength of existing hair

The aforementioned procedures may be performed on their own or in conjunction with eyelid surgery. To determine which procedure or combination of procedures can help a you achieve your desired facial rejuvenation goals, schedule a comprehensive cosmetic consultation with Dr. Hancock or Dr. Nachlas.

The recovery after eyelid surgery is rather quick! Immediately after the procedure, you will likely have swelling and bruising around the eyes. Stiches are generally removed within one week after surgery and many patients choose to return to work around this same time. Dr. Hancock and Dr. Nachlas will discuss the post-operative recovery expectations and instructions in more detail during your consultation.


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