||Andrew Coundouriotis, M.D., F.A.C.S.
5600 22nd Street No.
St. Petersburg, FL 33714
Surgery Performed on the Eye Lids is called a Blepharoplasty
Blepharoplasty is a procedure that restores a youthful appearance to the upper and lower eyelids. The upper eyelids can be treated separately from the lower eyelids, or all four eyelids can be treated at the same time. The primary problem addressed by blepharoplasty of the upper eyelids is the excess and sagging skin that develops with aging, but prominent fat deposits in the middle and nasal part of the eyelid can also be re-contoured. The puffiness and excess skin of the lower eyelids is addressed by lower eyelid blepharoplasty.
Before and After Photo of a Blepharoplasty
Who can benefit from a Blepharoplasty?
Typically, this operation is for middle-aged to older patients who suffer with prominent lower eyelid fat pads or droopy upper eyelid skin. It can also be for younger people who have puffy lower eyelids. This type of eyelid surgery does not directly affect crow's feet. Typical patients project a tired appearance.
How is a Blepharoplasty performed?
During this procedure, Dr Condouriotis sculpts and reduces the excess fat of the "bags" under the eyes, and tightens excess skin either by laser resurfacing or by removing some of the excess. Upper eyelid blepharoplasty alone is typically done with mild sedation or twilight anesthesia, using dissolvable or removable sutures. Lower eyelid blepharoplasty, when combined with upper eyelid blepharoplasty or when done alone, typically calls for twilight anesthesia or even general anesthesia.
What should I expect during and after recovery?
Bruising and mild swelling of the eyelids is common. Both respond well to ice packs or wet, cool gauze dipped in cold saline. We use a mild antibiotic ointment on any visible incisions. Some redness and swelling in the white of the eye is also common. Bruising in that area may also occur and gradually resolves on its own. Upper and lower blepharoplasties are commonly performed in conjunction with one another and results depend on the overall health of the patient, but should last 5-10 years.
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