The eyes are the first thing you notice about a person, and as we age, the skin above the eyes can begin to droop and the skin under the eyes can form into “bags” causing a person to look tired or sad. Dr. Daniel Leeman performs Blepharoplasty or “eyelid surgery” procedures on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both to improve the overall appearance and give you a rejuvenated look around your eyes, making you look more rested and alert.
For the upper eyelid, Dr. Leeman employs this procedure to correct loose or excess skin that obscures the natural fold of the eyes and reduce puffiness that can make the eyes look tired. For the lower eyelids, Dr. Leeman works to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, raise the droopiness that sometimes occurs with age and improve the appearance of bags and dark circles.
Am I an eligible candidate for eyelid surgery?
Healthy men and women who have strong facial tissue and realistic goals for improvement of the upper and/or lower eyelids and surrounding area make ideal candidates for brow lift surgery. Patients who don’t smoke, or who are willing to stop throughout the healing process, will experience the best results.
You must tell Dr. Leeman if you have any of these medical conditions:
- Eye diseases such as glaucoma, dry eye or a detached retina
- Thyroid disorders such as Graves’ disease and under or overactive thyroid
- Cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure or other circulatory disorders or diabetes
Will I see results?
The results of eyelid surgery will appear gradually as swelling and bruising subside to reveal a smooth, better-defined eyelid and surrounding region, and an alert and rejuvenated appearance. Your final results will appear within several weeks, but it may take up to a year for incision lines to fully refine.
While eyelid surgery can be expected to correct certain conditions permanently, you will continue to age naturally. Life-long sun protection will help to maintain your results.
What are the risks and side effects of eye surgery?
As with any surgery, infection is a risk. Nerve damage, adverse reactions to anesthesia and problems with the healing of the skin are also risks involved with eyelid surgery. Smokers have a higher risk of complications during the skin healing process.
How long does eyelid surgery take?
Dr. Leeman’s eyelid surgeries generally take approximately one hour. Depending on needs and desires of his patients, this timeframe can vary.
With what form of anesthesia is the eye surgery performed?
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation, local or general anesthesia. Dr. Leeman has performed many eyelid surgeries under local anesthesia with sedation.
How soon after surgery can I return to work?
Most evidence of your surgery will subside in about two weeks. It is recommended to refrain from work during the two-week healing process. Initial healing may include some swelling, bruising, irritation or dry eyes and discomfort that can be controlled with medication, cold compresses, and ointment. Irritation at the incision sites also is possible.
A special note: You must practice diligent sun protection and use darkly tinted sunglasses until the healing process is fully complete.
Is Dr. Leeman a Board-Certified facial plastic surgeon?
Yes, Dr. Leeman is actually double-board-certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.
How do I get started?
Getting started is easy. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Leeman, click here. Your $75 consultation fee will be applied to the cost of your treatment.
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