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Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty in Scottsdale and Phoenix

Drooping and puffy eyelids are two of the most common signs of aging in men and women. While some people experience this more profoundly than others due to genetics, almost everyone will begin to experience one or both aging signs as they reach middle age and beyond. While some find drooping eyelids to be an aesthetic issue only, others experience functional issues such as decreased range of or impaired vision. If you have eyelid drooping or puffiness that is affecting your self-esteem and confidence and is making you look older than your age, consider an eyelid lift in the Scottdale & Phoenix, AZ areas with Dr. Weinrach. This cosmetic procedure, called blepharoplasty, can be performed on its own or with another aesthetic facial surgery to restore a more youthful and energetic look.

To schedule your upper or lower eyelid lift consultation in Scottsdale, contact board-certified plastic surgeon, Jonathan C. Weinrach, MD FACS today.

What is Eyelid Surgery?

Cosmetic eyelid lifts can be performed on either the upper or lower lids or both for those who have drooping and puffiness. The most common reasons to seek eyelid surgery are:

  • Correction of sagging and loose skin that creates folds and impacts the natural contour of the eyelid bags under the eyes
  • Drooping lower lids that reveal the whites below the iris
  • Extra skin and wrinkling in the lower eyelid area
  • Fatty deposits under the eyes

Eyelid surgery can address functional issues that affect vision as well as aesthetic issues. In many cases, both function and appearance are improved with eyelid surgery.

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What is the Eyelid Surgery Process?

Eyelid surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis at an accredited surgery center. After the patient is sedated with either IV medication or general anesthesia, Dr. Weinrach makes an incision on the upper or lower eyelid. The incision will be placed in a location where the resulting scar will be easily hidden by the natural folds of the eye. On the upper eyelid, the incision will be made within the natural crease of the eyelid and will allow for tightening of muscles, removal or repositioning of fat deposits, and removal of excess skin.

In surgeries involving the lower eyelid, an incision is usually made right below the lower lash line, which allows Jonathan C. Weinrach, MD FACS to remove excess skin. A transconjunctival incision is used to remove or reposition excess fat in eyelids that have this problem. 

After the necessary work is done on the eyelid, the incision will be closed with sutures, which will be removed within one week.

Eyelid Surgery Results

Eyelid surgery corrects puffiness and excess fat deposits as well as reduces sagging skin and tightens muscles. The results can be aesthetic as well as functional. Many patients find they look more youthful and energized – they also often enjoy better vision after eyelid surgery. Results are usually seen after a few weeks, as it takes some time for swelling and bruising to subside.

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What is the Recovery from Eyelid Surgery?

Once the surgery is complete, the patient will be given a cold compress and lubricating ointment. Patients should keep in mind that they need to have a friend or family member drive them home from their surgery, as they will not be able to drive themselves. Dr. Weinrach gives his patients specific instructions on how to care for their eyes and will provide them with a list of medications they need to take or apply topically to aid in the healing process.

The initial stages of healing may include bruising, irritation, swelling, and dry eyes. Medication can greatly improve  comfort during recovery, and cold compresses and ointment can also make this period easier and more comfortable. Most patients find that their eye area has improved in appearance enough to return to their normal schedules within two weeks. However, the full healing process may take a few months to complete.

Who is a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

Men and women of all ages are good candidates for eyelid surgery if they have drooping, puffiness, or fat deposits around their eyes that are affecting their appearance or self-esteem. Though Dr. Weinrach finds that most of his patients are in their 40s or older, he has performed the surgery on younger patients who were very happy with the results. Ideal candidates are healthy individuals who do not smoke and who have realistic goals for their procedure.

After performing a physical examination and talking with patients during the consultation phase, Dr. Weinrach will then recommend the appropriate treatment to create the results his patients want. He may recommend additional procedures if the patient also has sagging skin in the midface, jowl area, or neck in order to bring the entire face into better balance and harmony.

Common procedures that are performed with eyelid surgery are forehead lifts, full facelifts, injection of dermal fillers or neuromodulators, neck lifts, and laser resurfacing. Completing procedures at the same time can condense and minimize recovery time, sometimes resulting in a reduction of the overall cost.

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Dr. Weinrach is dedicated to helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals through an individualized approach to patient care and commitment to safety. His extensive experience and unique skill set produces long-lasting, natural looking results.

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Your Eyelid Surgery Consultation In Scottsdale & Phoenix with Dr. Weinrach

The best way to know if eyelid surgery is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Weinrach. During your consultation, the doctor will perform a physical examination, find out more about your health history, and ask you about your goals for the procedure. During this time, you should ask any questions you have about preparing for, undergoing, and recovering from your eyelid surgery. You can also ask about additional procedures that can be performed that will enhance your results. Be sure to ask to see before and after photos of other patients who have undergone eyelid surgery so you can get a good idea of the results you can expect.

If you have sagging skin, drooping eyelids, or puffiness under eyes, you do not have to live with it. A Scottsdale eyelid lift with Dr. Weinrach can improve the appearance of your eye area, helping you look and feel many years younger. Schedule your consultation today with Jonathan C. Weinrach, MD FACS to find out what eyelid surgery can do for you.