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Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Some people suffer from excessive skin and fat over the eyes, creating a droopy, tired and aged appearance. In some people, this drooping tissue can cause irritation and visual problems. This can simply be from effects of time, but can also happen to some younger people who are genetically predisposed to the problem. Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, is a procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the upper and/or lower lids to create a more youthful contour and appearance.

To find out more about Eyelid Surgery at Lexington Plastic Surgery, PLLC, request a consultation or call (859) 279-2111.

Benefits of Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

  • Removes excess skin and fat which contribute to “puffy” appearance

  • Provides more youthful, energetic contour

  • Can improve vision and eliminate irritation from drooping tissue

What to expect

After a thorough consultation with Dr. Gerstle about your medical history and physical exam, you and Dr. Gerstle will discuss your cosmetic goals. He will then describe how he can use his expertise in order to help you achieve these goals. Sometimes, the eyelid surgery is done along with other facial rejuvenation techniques, such as a facelift or neck lift. You will undergo imaging with our state of the art “Mirror imaging” system that can help you and Dr. Gerstle have a clearer picture of the result you want. Then, you and Dr. Gerstle will develop a plan as you move forward.

Dr. Gerstle performs these procedures through precise incisions that are hidden in the natural creases of the eye, making scarring unnoticeable. The surgery usually takes under two hours to complete. Upper eyelid surgery can be performed under sedation in Dr. Gerstle’s office where you recover for a brief time prior to returning home. Lower lid surgery usually requires you to have the procedure done in one of our outpatient surgery centers after which you return home a few hours after leaving the operating room. If more extensive surgery, such as a facelift and neck lift is performed, you may stay overnight in a hospital.

Patients usually see Dr. Gerstle within a few days after the surgery, and are ready to return to work in 7 to 10 days. Light activity can also be resumed around that time, but Dr. Gerstle recommends limiting strenuous activity to three weeks or more. You and Dr. Gerstle will discuss when to have additional follow up appointments but know that Dr. Gerstle is always available by his cell phone and email.

FAQ about Eyelid Surgery

Is eyelid surgery permanent?

Unfortunately, no facial rejuvenation technique can stop the aging process. However, eyelid surgery is often permanent, creating a look that will remain more youthful than had the procedure not been done.

Will there be any visual problems after surgery?

Blindness is an extremely rare complication that is described in the literature. What most patients can expect is some temporary discomfort, swelling, burning, blurry or double vision and dryness experienced by some people. This resolves very quickly, if it even happens at all. Fortunately, most patients who suffered from the tissue impairing their vision are satisfied not only with how good they look but with how much better they see!

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