What is eyelid surgery?

An inevitable part of aging is the loss of skin elasticity. Creams, fillers, and other non-invasive treatments work well - until they don’t. Usually, once one reaches the advanced stages of aging, only a surgical solution can provide a satisfactory correction. Our procedure for blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery in New Orleans, can reduce excess skin and tighten the eye area to make you look younger and more engaged. Because the eyes are such a delicate area, an expert in facial surgery is a must for great results.

What is a blepharoplasty like?

Eyelid surgery is a fairly undemanding procedure that can be done under local anesthesia and sedation, meaning patients are awake but feel nothing. Incisions are made according to natural folds in the eyelid and closed with tiny sutures that are removed within a few days. In some lower blepharoplasties, sutures aren’t even necessary. Each eyelid surgery varies based on the needs of the patient. Dr. Miller either repositions muscles, redistributes or removes unwanted fatty tissue, or excises unwanted skin. The particulars of your surgery will be determined during the consultation process.

Upper blepharoplasty 

An upper blepharoplasty corrects upper eyelids that bulge, droop, or sag by tightening the orbital muscles and removing excess fat and skin. For some, loose skin and muscles around the eye droop excessively and block their ability to see; this condition is called ptosis and can be caused by genetics or aging. A blepharoplasty is often the only way to regain unobscured vision. 

Lower blepharoplasty 

Puffiness or stubborn bags under the eye can make you look perpetually tired and grumpy. Surgery on the lower lid is most often used to reduce these issues and correct eye ectropion, a condition where the lower lids turn ‘outward’ and show the inner lid lining. Eye ectropion can cause excessive dryness, redness, and tearing of the eyes, as well as look unsightly.

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Before & After Eyelid Surgery

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What is the recovery for eyelid surgery?

Recovery from our procedure for eyelid surgery in New Orleans is just a few days, requiring minimal life interruption. After eyelid surgery, you will feel discomfort but not pain. Swelling and discoloration are to be expected, but should subside in 7-10 days. Some patients may have tiny bumps along the incision line, but this is normal and will disappear as the incision heals. 

Vision may be blurry for the first day or two. Patients should sleep with their heads elevated to help reduce swelling, and refrain from strenuous activity until cleared by Dr. Miller. Dr. Miller creates a tailored recovery plan for each patient, and sees them for follow-up visits to ensure that healing is going smoothly.

Look refreshed and engaged

After a blepharoplasty in New Orleans with Dr. Miller, your face will look rested, brighter, and more alive. While searching for a plastic surgeon, make sure that you look for one who specializes in facial procedures and with results that look similar to your own aesthetic goals. A good guideline is to seek a facial plastic surgeon who routinely does blepharoplasties. You’ll see the changes right away, with final results apparent in 4-6 weeks. To maintain your youthful, vibrant appearance long term, stay hydrated, prioritize sun protection, have a good sleep regime, and moisturize well. Lower blepharoplasties will last a lifetime, and upper blepharoplasties for 5-7 years.

Is eyelid surgery for me? 

If you always look tired or have eyelids that make it difficult to see, a blepharoplasty might be right for you. However, there are other treatments that successfully rejuvenate the eyes as well. When you speak with Dr. Miller, he can explore all alternatives with you. Below are some indications that a blepharoplasty is a good option:

  • Heavy undereye bags 
  • Excess skin or bulging fat around the eyes
  • Drooping or sagging eyelid skin 
  • You are a non-smoker and generally healthy
  • You have realistic expectations
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Dr. Miller has expertise you can trust

Dr. Miller has focused his nearly 30-year career on facial cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. He is double board certified in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery, and has unparalleled, natural-looking results. Dr. Miller is top-rated for patient care; his patients regard him as an approachable expert they can trust. Contact his office today to schedule a consultation!

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