At Columbia Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, eyelid surgery can help you look younger and more vibrant and restore a rested, alert appearance to your face. Dr. Eric Chang can reverse sagging and puffiness that develop in the upper and lower eyelids as you age. Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a relatively straightforward procedure that yields excellent results that look completely natural.
Dr. Chang's technical skill performing this delicate surgery is one of the reasons he is the choice of eyelid surgery patients from all over the Baltimore-Washington corridor. Save $50 on your consultation when you contact us using our online form, or call us at
Dr. Chang has a thorough discussion with you about your cosmetic goals and examines your eyelids before designing a customized surgical plan for you. Blepharoplasty involves removing excess fat, skin, and muscle from either the upper or lower eyelids, or both. Many of Dr. Chang's patients want eyelid surgery for cosmetic reasons, but in some cases droopy upper eyelids sag enough to obstruct a person's vision. Surgery to treat that condition is known as "functional" blepharoplasty.
Eyelid surgery can:
Dr. Chang often makes both cosmetic and functional improvements simultaneously. You can learn more about what to expect from your specific surgical plan during your personal consultation.
Dr. Chang often performs eyelid surgery at his offices using a local anesthetic to numb the area, but he may choose to perform the operation at a local surgery center if he combines sedation with local anesthesia. You make that decision with him based on your needs and goals prior to surgery, prioritizing your safety and comfort.
Sagging upper eyelids can make you appear tired and may obstruct your vision. Blepharoplasty involves creating an incision in the eyelid's natural crease, allowing Dr. Chang to remove drooping tissue so you look rested and alert.
Incisions for lower eyelid surgery may be made externally just along the lash line or on the inside of the lid, called a transconjunctival incision. The resulting scar is practically invisible.
Through the lower eyelid incision, Dr. Chang removes or repositions fat and skin below the eyes that cause bags or dark circles, leaving a smooth contour and refreshed look.
Many patients choose to get surgery for both their upper and lower lids at the same time. This is a safe and effective way to get a comprehensive improvement.
In some cases, a brow lift may be a more beneficial approach to your cosmetic concerns than eyelid surgery. Dr. Chang performs brow lifts using a minimally invasive technique often called an endoscopic forehead lift. The procedure involves making small incisions within your hairline and then inserting a thin tube that has a tiny camera attached. Specialized surgical instruments allow Dr. Chang to reposition the muscle and skin, resulting in elevated brow and eyelids and a smoother forehead.
Additionally, combining treatments may be a good choice for you. A brow lift may be combined with eyelid surgery or a lower facelift to complete a comprehensive facial rejuvenation in a single operation. Combining eyelid surgery with BOTOX® Cosmetic injections to minimize wrinkling around the eyes is also an excellent way to refresh your appearance without adding additional surgery. You and Dr. Chang can discuss during your consultations the approach best suited for your specific needs and cosmetic goals.
It is important to arrange for someone to drive you home following your procedure, whether it is performed at Dr. Chang's office or at a surgical center. Swelling, redness, and some discoloration are normal following the procedure. It takes about a week for these side effects to resolve, when you will begin to see the initial results of the eyelid surgery. Many patients are surprised at how comfortable and simple the recovery process is.
Eyelid surgery is very effective at making patients look rested and more alert. Because the incisions are small and made in the lids' natural folds, scars are virtually imperceptible. The results are considered permanent, but the normal aging process will ultimately cause the appearance of your eyelids to change over time.