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EYELID SURGERY

Eyelid surgery can take years off your facial appearance and resolve a constant “tired” or “angry” appearance. As a board-certified plastic surgeon with an extensive background in aesthetic surgery and
craniofacial surgery, Darren M. Smith, MD, is a trusted leader in eyelid surgery procedures.

Click on the online scheduling feature to book a consultation at his practice today. You can also call the office directly to schedule an appointment.


Who can benefit from eyelid surgery?

The eyes are an obvious focal point on the face and communicate a great deal about an individual’s
persona. Excess skin or fat in the upper or lower lids can give you an aged or tired appearance, perhaps
even falsely conveying anger or sadness. These issues can be limited to the upper eyelids, the lower
eyelids, or may affect both. Accordingly, the affected lids are addressed as appropriate with an “upper
blepharoplasty,” a “lower blepharoplasty,” or a “combined upper and lower blepharoplasty.”

An eyelid surgery can resolve:

  • Drooping upper lids
  • Drooping lower lids
  • Under-eye bags
  • Excess lid skin and wrinkles
  • Soften the transition between the lower eyelid and the cheek
  • An eyelid procedure can take years off your face and improve issues with eyelid-related
    vision problems, all in a single procedure.

What happens during eyelid surgery?

Your customized eyelid surgery can be performed under local, twilight, or general anesthesiadependingon your preference and the extent of the corrections needed in your custom procedure. Eyelidsurgery is in almost all cases performed on an outpatient basis.

Upper blepharoplasty is designed to reduce skin, muscle and fat excess if present. Lower blepharoplasty serves the same purpose, as well as addressing undereye bags.

Upper blepharoplasty

In upper blepharoplasty, an incision is made in the eyelid crease. Extra skin is removed. In somecases, a small strip of muscle is removed as well. Next, the fat behind the upper eyelid is located,
excess is identified, and carefully removed. The incision is then closed with a fine suture.

Since the incision is in the lid crease, it is completely hidden when the eyes are open, and virtually impossible to see when the eyes are closed. This procedure is frequently performed under local anesthesia in under an hour in the office.

Lower blepharoplasty

In lower blepharoplasty, an incision is made within the lower eyelid. This access is used to identify and remove excess fat. No sutures are required. This incision is invisible as it is on inside of the lower eyelid. If excess skin is present on the lower eyelid, this is removed through a very fine incision just below the lower eyelashes.

The resulting scar is very well camouflaged. In some instances, other maneuvers are performed to tighten the supporting structures of the lower eyelids. Additionally, fat grafting may be incorporated into the procedure when appropriate to soften the transition between the cheek and the lower eyelid.

How long is the recovery after eyelid surgery?

You may have some swelling and bruising after surgery, which should be diminished to the point you can return to work in 4-5 days. You should be back to most of your regular activities including workouts at the gym by 14 days after surgery. It can take several months for you to see the final results due to some residual swelling in the delicate skin and tissues in the area around the eyes, however a dramatic change is often visible almost immediately after the procedure.

Throughout your postoperative period, Dr. Smith will counsel you on how to keep your eyes lubricated with specialized drops and how to employ other techniques to ensure an easy recovery.

To schedule your eyelid surgery evaluation at the office of Darren M. Smith, MD, request an appointment online or call the office.

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