rejuvenates the eyelids and associated cheek skin to produce a
smoother and youthful appearance. This common procedure enhances
soft tissues in the lid to maximize function as well as cosmetics.
Only excess fat, muscle, and skin from both the upper and lower
lids are removed while loose tissues are repositioned. The results
can be a refreshed appearance, with a younger, firmer eye area.
During the pre-surgical consultation, you will be examined and
asked to answer questions concerning vision, tear production, use
of lenses, and your desires for surgery. This procedure is
commonly performed under local anesthesia by Dr. Newman or can be
combined with other facial procedures.
In upper eyelid surgery, Dr. Newman hides the incision within the
natural eyelid crease and judges the degree of correction. He
performs this procedure under magnification so that very small
sutures can be used to close the incisions and minimize the
visibility of any scar. Most patients and their families cannot
find the scar after healing is complete and further attests to the
skill and attention to detail of our surgeon.
In lower eyelid surgery, the surgeon makes the incision in an
inconspicuous site along the lash line and smile creases of the
lower lid, Excess fat, muscle, and skin are then trimmed away
before the incision is closed with fine sutures. When sutures are
used to close this kind of incision, they are invisible to the
eye. Incisionless Eyelid Surgery--Eyelid puffiness caused
primarily by excess fat may be corrected by a transonjunctival
blepharoplasty. The incision in this case is made inside the lower
eyelid, and excess fatty material is removed and/or repositioned.
Therefore there is no external sign of an incision.
Immediately after surgery, small sterile bandages are placed with
cold compresses to reduce swelling and bruising around the eye.
For one week after surgery you will clean the incisions and apply
ointment or eye drops. Sutures will be removed in three to five
days after surgery.
Insurance does not generally cover surgery that is done purely for
cosmetic reasons. Surgery to correct or improve vision or surgery
for eye deformity or injury may be reimbursable in whole or in