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Also referred to as a blepharoplasty, aesthetic eyelid surgery is performed to enhance the appearance of eyelids, which may decline because of aging or inherited traits. Dr. Shuster uses a variety of advanced techniques to refresh eyelid appearance. If you are experiencing any one, or a combination of the following conditions, you may be an ideal candidate for aesthetic eyelid surgery:

Aesthetic eyelid surgery can usually correct these problems, though other treatments may also be considered. For example, if the upper eyelid condition is accompanied by sagging of the eyebrows, then a brow lift may be recommended, Botox treatments can smooth undesired crow's feet, and circles beneath the eyes caused by dark pigmentation may be treated with a bleaching solution or chemical peel. Dr. Shuster can provide further information on these, and other, ancillary procedures.

Your Eyelid Surgery Consultation

An eyelid surgery consultation will start by reviewing your areas of concern and assessing those areas for rejuvenation. Dr. Shuster will then review with you in a mirror, highlighting which areas can be addressed and the changes you can expect. This will help Dr. Shuster understand your expectations and determine the best way to achieve them.

Learn more about what to expect at an eyelid surgery consultation. You can also request a consultation or call our office at 954.961.5500.

How is Aesthetic Eyelid Surgery Performed?

There are several surgical techniques that improve the appearance of your eyelids. The particular technique that Dr. Shuster recommends will depend on many factors, such as the amount of excess fat and skin in the eyelid areas, the position of your eyebrows, and the condition of the muscles around your eyelids.

For upper eyelid surgery, generally an incision is hidden within the natural fold of the upper eyelid and extends slightly beyond the outside corner into the laugh lines or other existing creases. Through this incision, excess skin and fatty tissue are removed. Because the incision follows the natural contour of the upper eyelid, it will be well camouflaged when healed.

For lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Shuster may decide that the best approach for removing excess fat is through an incision placed inside the lower eyelid. This technique requires no external incision, but it cannot be used to remove excess skin. A chemical peel may be used in conjunction with this method to tighten the lower eyelid skin.

In other cases, an incision is hidden just below the lower lashes. Through this incision, excess skin, muscle and fat are removed, or fat may be redistributed to eliminate puffiness or bulges. Other adjustments to correct special problems such as muscle laxity may be performed as well. As in upper eyelid surgery, the incision is well camouflaged by natural creases.

If you have more questions about eyelid surgery, please read our FAQs.

Understanding the Risks of Eyelid Surgery

Because of individual factors, not everyone will achieve the same results from a blepharoplasty. Fortunately, significant complications from aesthetic eyelid surgery are uncommon. Every year, thousands of people undergo successful eyelid surgery, experience no major problems, and are pleased with the results. Some of the potential complications include hematoma (an accumulation of blood under the skin that may require removal), infection, and reactions to the anesthesia. Following the surgery, there can be a feeling of dryness or irritation in the eye, and there is a possibility of a temporary decrease in sensation of the eyelid skin or impaired eyelid function. Both of these complications require additional treatment. You can help minimize certain risks by following the advice and instructions of Dr. Shuster, both before and after your eyelid surgery.

The goal of Dr. Shuster and the entire staff in his South Florida office is to make your plastic surgery experience as easy, comfortable, and safe as possible.

Results of Your Eyelid Surgery

Aesthetic eyelid surgery has the effect of making you look more rested, refreshed, and alert. Since the healing process is gradual, you should expect to wait at least several weeks to get an accurate picture of the results. Incisions will fade over a number of months until they become barely visible. The results of aesthetic eyelid surgery are long lasting, but they may be affected by heredity and lifestyle factors. Removal of fat from your eyelids, which is usually the cause of puffiness and bags, is permanent, and these conditions generally will not recur. The skin continues to age, however, and skin laxity, along with fine wrinkling of the eyelid area may return. Sometimes loss of tone in the forehead causes additional sagging of the eyebrows, which mimics a recurrence of drooping upper eyelids. If this happens, correction may require a brow lift surgery or secondary eyelid procedure.

Maintaining a Strong Relationship with Dr. Shuster

You will return to Dr. Shuster's office for follow-up care at prescribed intervals, at which time your progress will be evaluated. Please remember that your relationship with Dr. Shuster does not end immediately following your eyelid surgery. If you have questions or concerns during your recovery, or need additional information at a later time, please contact our South Florida office by calling 954.961.5500.

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