Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) in Tampa, FL
Surgery of the eyelids, also known as blepharoplasty, is frequently performed in conjunction with other facial procedures. Dr. Mang is a board-certified plastic surgeon who helps patients in the Tampa and St. Petersburg areas create a more youthful and bright-eyed appearance. As people age, muscles weaken, skin stretches and fat accumulates around the eyes giving a tired and stressed look.
The ideal candidates for this procedure are 35 and older, but if a loss of elasticity in the eye area is a hereditary trait, you may decide to have eyelid surgery at a younger age. An eyelid lift can give you a younger, firmer eye area by removing excess skin, fat and muscle. However, it cannot remove “crow’s feet,” eliminate dark circles, or lift sagging eyebrows.
Asian Eyelid Lift
Approximately 50 percent of Asians have a “single eyelid” resulting in a relatively narrow eye aperture. An Asian blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift, can create a “double upper eyelid” with a well defined crease, and can open up the aperture of the eye. In this procedure, the eyelid muscles are tightened, lifted, or removed, depending on what is needed. Also, if there is no fold in the upper eyelid, an incision is made to create a new fold. The Asian blepharoplasty can remove some of the heaviness of the top lids and make the eyes look more alert. Dr. Mang has special training in Asian blepharoplasty and has studied and learned from top physicians in the industry.
Other Blepharoplasty Techniques
If you have fat pockets beneath your eyes but don’t want skin removed, your surgeon may perform what is called transconjunctival blepharoplasty. In this case, the incision is made inside your lower eyelid so it will not leave a visible scar. After surgery, your eyes will be lubricated with ointment and a bandage may be applied.
Upper Eyelid Surgery:
An incision will be made along the natural lines of your eyelids, such as the crease of your upper eyelid. The skin will be separated from muscle and fatty tissues, and excess fat will be removed. Sagging skin and muscles will be trimmed if needed before closing the incisions with very fine sutures. After surgery, your eyes will be lubricated with ointment and a bandage may be applied.
Lower Eyelid Surgery:
An incision will be made below the lashes on the lower eyelid. The incision will run along the smile creases under your eye. The skin will be separated from the muscle and fatty tissues and excess fat will be removed. Sagging skin and muscles will be trimmed if needed and the incisions will be closed with very fine sutures.
What Happens During The Procedure?
Dr. Mang will determine what technique to use after your initial consultation. During your consultation he will ask about your goals and create a customized plan. Eyelid surgery may take one to two hours depending on the extent of the surgery. Anesthesia will be administered for this procedure. An incision will be made in the eyelid in order to remove excess fat or tissue and then closed with sutures or skin glue.
What is the Cost of Eyelid Surgery?
Dr. Mang is conscious of his patients’ budgets and keeps his prices competitive. Plastic surgery procedures can range depending on the needs and goals of each patient, therefore, it is important to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mang to discuss pricing. At Mang Plastic Surgery, we believe that a cosmetic procedure is an investment in your self-confidence, which will be beneficial for years to come. Sometimes that may be costly, and that is why we offer financing through CareCredit®.
Review With Dr. Mang
- Stop smoking. It is important to discontinue the use of cigarettes and other nicotine products as they constrict blood vessels and slow the healing and recovery process.
- Avoid alcohol. This is not long term, but alcohol use should be discontinued for at least two weeks before surgery and two weeks after surgery.
- Vitamins and other OTC drugs. Discontinue the use of these for at least two weeks before surgery.
- Pain medication. Dr. Mang may prescribe you pain medication to alleviate any discomfort. It is important to fill these prior to surgery and bring them to the procedure.
- Drink water. Water is a very helpful tool both before and after surgery. It is important to drink plenty of water before surgery and after. Water helps flush out toxins.
- Aspirin and Ibuprofen. Discontinue the use of both of these for at least two weeks before and after surgery. These products thin you blood and can interfere with your body’s ability to heal.
- Getting home. After surgery driving is prohibited. Arrange for transportation home.
Preparing For Surgery
Your initial consultation is extremely important. You should be able to speak freely with your surgeon about your goals and desired outcome. Remember to discuss options such as whether to do all four eye areas or just upper or lower eyelids only, where skin as well as fat will be removed, and/or whether any other additional procedures would improve your results. Patients should be prepared to provide their medical history and a list of current medications at their consultation. Also, be sure to mention if you have any blood pressure issues, allergies, blood clotting problems, problems with scarring, or if you smoke.
What To Expect After Surgery
Work: Most patients feel ready to go back to work within one to two weeks.
Swelling and Bruising: The stitches will be removed several days after surgery. Small white heads may appear but can be cleared by your surgeon with a very fine needle. Expect temporary swelling at the corner of the eyelids for a few days. Keep your head elevated for several days following surgery while applying cold compresses or small ice packs to help reduce swelling and discomfort. Bruising reaches its peak during the first week and generally lasts anywhere from two weeks to a month, although this varies from person to person.
Eye Care: You will be instructed on how to clean your eyes. Your surgeon may recommend eye drops.
Contact Lenses: Contact lenses may be worn two weeks after surgery or when you feel comfortable.
Showering: You may shower on the second or third day following surgery.
Makeup: You may wear makeup a week after surgery.
Discomfort: Your eyes might feel tight while you are awake. Take the medication prescribed by your surgeon and the pain will be alleviated. Your eyes may feel dry and itchy, and you may experience excessive tearing, sensitivity to bright lights, or temporary changes in your sight such as blurred vision. This is normal. The amount of discomfort experienced varies from person to person. If you feel severe pain, notify your surgeon immediately.
Recovery: Although you should be up and about following the procedure, plan on taking it easy for the first week after surgery. After two to five days, you should be able to read and watch television. Most visible signs of surgery should fade within three weeks. You may be sensitive to sunlight and wind for several weeks. Remember to wear sunglasses and sunblock when you go out. Avoid activities that will raise your blood pressure such as lifting, bending, and sports for about three weeks. Healing is a gradual process and scars may remain slightly pink for six months or more after surgery.
Results: Each patient heals and scars differently. It is vital to keep in mind that the results of this procedure vary from patient to patient. However, most patients will enjoy their final results within six to 12 months.
Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is frequently performed in conjunction with other facial procedures. Dr. Mang is a board-certified plastic surgeon who helps patients in the Tampa and St. Petersburg areas create a more youthful and bright-eyed appearance. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.