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Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty in Scottsdale and Phoenix

Blepharoplasty corrects drooping and puffy eyelids, which are very common signs of aging in men and women.  While some people experience this more profoundly than others, almost everyone will begin to experience signs of aging in the eyelids as they reach middle age and beyond.  If you have eyelid drooping or puffiness that is making you look tired, older, or maybe even affecting your self-esteem, consider an eyelid lift in the Scottsdale and Phoenix, AZ area with Dr. Weinrach.  Blepharoplasty, can be performed on its own or with other 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 lift can be performed on the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both.   The most common reasons to seek eyelid surgery are:

  • Correction of sagging and excess skin that creates folds and distorts the natural contour of the upper eyelids
  • Extra skin of the lower eyelids causing wrinkles
  • Puffiness under the eyes – usually caused by fat herniation
  • Drooping lower eyelids

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Want to learn more?

Make your aesthetic goals a reality. Jonathan C. Weinrach, MD FACS and his team look forward to exceeding your expectations. Schedule a personalized consult with Dr. Weinrach by clicking below.

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What is the Eyelid Surgery Process?

Upper eyelid surgery is very commonly done in the office with local anesthesia.  When combined with lower eyelid surgery, or with other procedures such as facelift, surgery is done at a fully accredited surgery center with sedation or general anesthesia.  Incisions are needed for blepharoplasty, but they are placed locations where the resulting scar is hidden by the natural folds of the eyelid.  Upper eyelid incisions are placed in a natural crease, and tend to become imperceptible after healing. 

For lower eyelid surgery, an incision is usually made below the lower lash line.  Excess skin is “pinched” up into this incision, which is then removed.  A transconjunctival incision, which is an invisible incision behind the eyelid, is used to gain access to the fatty deposits which can then be removed or repositioed.

A canthopexy is almost always done with any lower eyelid surgery before skin removal.    This is a procedure to add additional support to the lower eyelid as it heals, and prevents drooping of the lower eyelid from the weight of swelling as it heals.   This is easily accomplished with an invisible absorbable suture in the corner or “canthus” of the eyelid.

The incisions will be closed with sutures, which are removed within one week.

Eyelid Surgery Results

Eyelid surgery corrects puffiness and excess fat deposits, reduces sagging skin, and tightens muscle.  This results in a much more youthful looking face overall, increasing self confidence.  Results are usually seen after a few weeks, when swelling and bruising have resolved.

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What is the Recovery from Eyelid Surgery?

Once the surgery is complete, cold compresses and lubricating ointment or drops may be used.  A friend or family member should drive you home.   Swelling from surgery as well as any sedations with preclude you from driving.  Dr. Weinrach will give you specific aftercare instructions.

The initial stages of healing may include minor bruising and swelling.   Cold compresses and lubricating ointment or drops greatly help to make this period easier and more comfortable.  You will also be prescribed prescription pain medicine to have if needed.  Most patients find that they can return to their normal schedules within two weeks.  However, complete healing can take several more weeks to complete.

Who is a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

Men and women with drooping, puffiness, or fat deposits around their eyes are candidates for eyelid surgery. Although most patients are in their 50s or older, younger patients with these issues are treatable as well.  Ideal candidates are healthy individuals who do not smoke and who have realistic expectations about what can be achieved.

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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.   Dr. Weinrach is a double board certified plastic surgeon with significant expertise in eyelid surgery.  During your consultation, Dr. Weinrach will carefully listen to your concerns, review your medical history, and perform a physical examination.   He will then recommend the best course of action for you based on his findings.  He is happy to answer any questions you have about the entire eyelid surgery process.   You will also have the opportunity to see before and after photos of other eyelid surgery patients.

Common procedures that are performed with eyelid surgery are forehead and brow lift, facelift, injection of dermal fillers or neuromodulators, and neck lift.  Combining procedures can minimize recovery time and reduce overall cost as well.

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.

Eyelid Surgery FAQS

This varies somewhat on the procedure performed.  Upper eyelid surgery alone done under local anesthesia will have a simpler recovery than both eyelids done under general anesthesia with removal or repositioning of orbital fat.  Bigger procedures will involve more eyelid swelling for longer periods of time than simpler procedures.  Swelling is best controlled with gently cool compresses, head elevation, and light activity.  Most eyelid swelling and bruising is resolved after about two weeks, sometimes much less.

Eyelid surgery is typically not a very painful procedure.  Most eyelid surgery discomfort is easily controlled with oral pain medication and cold compresses.

This greatly depends on the initial problem and planned procedure.  Straightforward upper eyelid surgery done under local anesthesia can take 30 to 45 minutes.  Upper and Lower eyelid surgery involving skin and fat removal or repositioning can be in the range of two hours.

The eyes are not patched closed.  Vision may be temporarily impaired due to eyelid swelling, but this resolves with time.

To the best of our knowledge, most if not all insurance plans will not pay for the cost of eyelid surgery if it is being done for cosmetic reasons.  Dr. Weinrach is not contracted with any insurance plans.

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