Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
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 (regularly $100) when you contact us using our online form, or call us at (410) 740-9330 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chang.
A Modern Approach
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:
- Soften bags under the eyes
- Improve the appearance of puffy eyelids
- Reducee excess skin and fat of the upper eyelids that causes you to look tired or sad
- Tighten droopy skin that obscures your vision
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.
Brow Lift & Related Procedures
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® Cosmeticinjections 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. Patient experiences vary after eyelid surgery. Swelling, redness, and some discoloration are normal following the procedure. It takes about a week for these side effects to resolve before patients 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 long lasting, but the normal aging process will ultimately cause the appearance of your eyelids to change over time.
Eyelid Surgery FAQs
How do I find the best plastic surgeon for eyelid surgery?
As with any plastic surgery, you want the doctor performing your eyelid surgery to be able to deliver excellent results. While this procedure isn’t rare, it also isn’t amongst the most common surgeries performed every year. This means the key factor in selecting a surgeon is experience.
Look for those who list eyelid surgery on their websites, then schedule consultations with them. Ask about how many eyelid surgeries they have performed and request to see before and after photos. Select the doctor whose results best align with your goals.
Is eyelid surgery painful?
As with any surgery, you can anticipate some discomfort after your eyelid procedure. This is at its strongest directly after surgery. Luckily, due to the significant blood flow to the head and face, healing is fairly quick. Dr. Chang prescribes appropriate pain medications to ensure your comfort after surgery.
Will eyelid surgery correct problems with peripheral vision?
This depends on what is limiting your peripheral vision. If the cause is droopy eyelids, getting surgery will pull them out of your line of vision. However, it is possible that droopy eyelids are not what is limiting your field of vision, or if they are, that they are not the only cause.
Other conditions that could contribute to narrowing your field of vision include glaucoma, occlusions, detached retinas and compression of the optic nerve. If your vision is what has you considering eyelid surgery, see an eye doctor first to ensure none of these are causing you problems.
How long does eyelid surgery take?
The time eyelid surgery requires varies between patients. However, for the majority of individuals, it will take two hours or less. In nearly all cases, this is an outpatient surgery. This means that you will be monitored by the staff for a few hours, but you will go home the same day.
How should I prepare for recovery?
Eyelid surgery is a fairly easy procedure to recover from in most cases. You may need a little help around the house directly after surgery, especially if you are struggling to see. However, most patients are fine on their own within a day or two. Full recovery is typically achieved within one month, but keep in mind that healing times vary between patients.
What side effects should I expect after surgery?
In most cases, people experience swelling, bruising and redness around the incision sites. Also common are light sensitivity, double vision and watery eyes. However, these side effects tend to resolve quickly and are not considered problematic.
As with all surgeries, there is the potential for complications, such as infections, but these are rare. If you follow the directions given to you by your surgeon, you significantly lessen the chances of complications occurring.
Will my health or vision insurance cover eyelid surgery?
Typically, health and vision insurance will not cover eyelid surgery. There are exceptions to this, when eyelid surgery will improve the vision of the patient. If your insurance does not cover the procedure, our office can connect you with financing options and offer payment plans that make it more affordable.