Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery
Siems LASIK and Eyecare Center
Cosmetic surgery on the lids of the eyes can help improve vision, reduce bags and puffiness under the eyes, and give a more energetic and alert appearance.
What is cosmetic eyelid surgery?
This common procedure is performed to help enhance the appearance of the patient’s eyes. This is accomplished by using various surgical techniques on the lids of the eyes and sometimes on the tissue surrounding the eyes. Also known as blepharoplasty, this elective procedure was the fourth most commonly requested cosmetic procedure in 2012.
Upper eyelid surgery
This procedure is most often performed on patients with droopy lids, in order to give them a younger appearance and possibly to enhance their vision. During the procedure the ophthalmologist will mark the natural creases of the lids to keep scarring at a minimum and within the natural folds of the lids. After making an incision, excess fat in the lid is either repositioned or removed, followed by the removal of skin and any loose muscle. The incision is closed with ultra-thin sutures which help minimize the visibility of possible scars.
Lower eyelid surgery
This procedure is most commonly performed to minimize the appearance of bags and puffiness under the eyes, giving people the appearance of being refreshed, as opposed to looking tired. An incision is made in an inconspicuous place along the lower lashes. The ophthalmologist then removes excess skin, muscle, and fat. Fine sutures, invisible to the naked eye, are then used to close the incision.
Treatable eyelid conditions
There are several treatable conditions that can be improved with cosmetic procedures on the lids of the eyes, including:
- Bags under the eyes
- Sagging skin
- Lower droopiness
- Excess fatty deposits
Good candidates for cosmetic eyelid surgery are:
Non-smokers, in good mental and physical health, typically over the age of 35, without any major eye conditions, and with realistic and positive expectations of the outcome of the cosmetic procedure.
Avoid eyelid surgery if you have the following conditions
- Graves’ disease
- Cardiovascular disease
- High blood pressure
- Detached retina or glaucoma
Recovery from eyelid surgery
A certain amount of bruising and swelling can be expected. Keeping the head elevated and applying cold compresses can help reduce the swelling and relieve any discomfort. For 10 days following the procedure, the eye area must be kept very clean and the ophthalmologist may recommend the patient apply an ointment or eyedrops to keep the eyes from feeling itchy, dry, or sticky. Strenuous activities and bending down should be avoided for the first week or two.
Finding a surgeon
Dr. Sims of Las Vegas is a skillful ophthalmologist with extensive experience in performing cosmetic surgery on the lids of the eyes.
Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery is the ideal solution to slow the effects of the aging process or correct issues involving the skin around the eyelid. Dr. Jon Sims has been successfully performing this cosmetic eyelid surgery for over 10 years.
Dr. Sims will expertly remove extra skin and tissue from around the eye during cosmetic eyelid surgery and help eliminate the wrinkling that occurs during the aging process. Puffy eyes are a result of excess fatty tissue and will be removed with cosmetic eyelid surgery. Dr. Sims helps each patient look their best by removing the bags that form under the eye and will repair any scars that are causing issues around the eyes.
Dr. Sims performs an exhaustive exam to determine the exact nature of the problem and will discuss the patients options in cosmetic eyelid surgery. Each patient will learn the outcome that will be achieved from undergoing this form of cosmetic surgery.
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