Show the World Your Eyes Again

Your eyes are often the first thing people notice when looking at your face. Unfortunately, sagging and puffy eyelids can contribute to the appearance of aging or exhaustion. Dr. Shuster is very aware of the powerful impact eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) has on your facial appearance. This procedure can make you look younger as well as more rested, refreshed, and alert.

What is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is an aesthetic surgery performed to enhance the appearance of the eyelids, which may decline because of aging or inherited traits. It helps to combat sagging skin that may interfere with vision, reduce dark circles and under-eye bags, and create a more aesthetically-pleasing countenance overall. The surgery is often combined with a brow lift or facelift to comprehensively rejuvenate your look.

Blepharoplasty At A Glance

  • Eyelid surgery typically takes 1-2 hours
  • The procedure can be performed by itself or with other facial procedures such as a brow lift or facelift
  • Patients can return to work one week after eyelid surgery, depending on their occupation

What Does Blepharoplasty Correct?

  • Drooping and puffy eyelid skin
  • Blocked vision due to eyelid skin ptosis
  • Fine wrinkles around the eyes
  • Bags and bulges beneath the eyes
  • Lower eyelids that “pull down”, showing white beneath the irises
  • A sad, angry, or tired facial expression

It’s a hard decision to make choosing a surgeon. You are trusting your body to someone else. But I could not give enough praises to Dr. Shuster and his team. The result is amazing.

Carissa T.

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Dr. Shuster’s Approach

Dr. Shuster uses a variety of advanced techniques to refresh the eyelids and upper face. The specific eyelid surgery technique that Dr. Shuster chooses will depend on the factors listed below.

After carefully evaluating the following factors, Dr. Shuster will determine the best method for your procedure: 

  • The amount of excess fat and skin in your eyelid area
  • The position of your eyebrows
  • The condition of the muscles around your eyelids

FAQ

Can eyelid surgery fix crow’s feet?

Can eyelid surgery improve my vision?

Can eyelid surgery fix crow’s feet?

Crow’s feet are the wrinkles that appear at the corners of the eyes. Eyelid surgery can reduce the puffy bags and extra skin that is contributing to the appearance of crow’s feet; however, it isn’t the best option for completely correcting this issue. For better correction of crow’s feet, Botox® injections or a brow lift are preferred.

Can eyelid surgery improve my vision?

While eyelid surgery doesn’t improve vision within the eye, it does improve the field of vision by eliminating excess skin that may be blocking your eyesight, often peripherally.

Good Candidates for Eyelid Surgery

Shuster Plastic Surgery serves the Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami, FL areas. If you’re considering eyelid surgery with Dr. Shuster and you are a non-smoker in good mental and physical health, this could be the ideal procedure for your aesthetic goals. Those who make the best patients for blepharoplasty are individuals who:

  • Have puffy fat pockets protruding in the upper or lower eyelids 
  • Have extra laxity of the skin of the eyelids
  • Feel that they have an angry or tired-looking expression
  • Do not have any pre-existing eye conditions or diseases 
  • Do not have an overactive thyroid 
  • Have realistic expectations for their results

Surgical Procedure Details for Blepharoplasty

Dr. Shuster performs eyelid surgery under general anesthesia or twilight sedation. The procedure can take 1-2 hours, depending on the extent of treatment.

For the upper eyelids, Dr. Shuster will generally create an incision within the natural crease of the upper eyelid and extend it 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 approaches the procedure in one of two ways: either from inside the lid to avoid a visible scar (the transconjunctival approach) or through an incision hidden just under the lashes. 

The transconjunctival technique requires no external incision, but it cannot be used to remove excess skin. The best technique for you will be decided by Dr. Shuster after he evaluates your unique facial structure. The method in which the incision is created under the lashes removes excess skin, muscle, and fat. Fat may also be redistributed to eliminate puffiness or bulges. For patients with very lax eyelids, particularly at the outer corner, Dr. Shuster will tighten and elevate this area internally with a lateral canthopexy.

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Eyelid Surgery Recovery 

There is very little discomfort following eyelid surgery, and patients can usually return to work after one week. Exercise can typically be continued in three weeks. Swelling may last for a few weeks while bruising can last for one week.  

You may also experience temporary sensitivity to light or blurriness, tightness, mild pain, redness, tired eyes, and excess tearing and/or dryness. These side effects are not dangerous and will go away gradually. It’s also important to note that you will not be able to wear contact lenses for two weeks.  

For the first 2-3 days after surgery, Dr. Shuster prefers that patients sleep on their backs with their heads elevated. Cold, wet compresses should be applied to the eyelids most of this time as well. Prior to your surgery, Dr. Shuster and his team will provide you with detailed instructions on how to prepare for and recover from the procedure.

Results from Blepharoplasty

Dr. Shuster can typically avoid or minimize scarring by approaching eyelid surgery from inside the eyelids, causing no damage to the external tissues. He can also create an incision within the natural folds of the eyelids. External incisions will fade over several months until they become barely visible. While blepharoplasty does not stop the aging process, it does turn back the hands of time considerably. The results of eyelid surgery are long-lasting, and most patients will need to repeat it.

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Why Choose Dr. Shuster?

If you’re seeking subtle, elegant results for your eyelid surgery, Dr. Bernard Shuster is an excellent option for you. As a board-certified, award-winning aesthetic plastic surgeon of the face, breast, and body, Dr. Shuster consistently delivers exceptional, natural-looking outcomes. He will never make you look like you’ve had “work done”; instead, he works with skill and artistry to provide authentic looking changes. Dr. Shuster has a warm, friendly staff to take great care of you before, during, and after the procedure. If you’re in the Hollywood, Miami, or Fort Lauderdale areas and you’re interested in eyelid surgery, we urge you to research Dr. Shuster and his methods to decide if he’s the right surgeon for you.

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