Eyelid Surgery

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  • Consult: 15-30 mins
  • Procedure: 30 mins-2 hours
  • Recovery: 2-4 weeks
  • Duration of Results: may last years

Our Columbus Eyelid Surgery

At Smith Facial Plastics in Columbus, eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is an extremely popular procedure for individuals that have developed wrinkles, sagging skin, and puffiness in their eyes. The eyes are one of the first areas to show signs of aging, making them appear older and tired. Dr. Stephen P. Smith Jr. and Dr. Scott Smith are board-certified facial plastic surgeons and specialize in the anatomy of the face, making them some of the best Columbus blepharoplasty surgeons. Below, we’ve provided information about the surgery and frequently asked questions & answers. Our talented team at Smith Facial Plastics looks forward to meeting you and beginning this journey of helping you reach a more youthful and refreshed look.


What is Blepharoplasty?

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is a plastic surgery procedure that can rejuvenate the eyes for a more youthful, refined appearance. Surgery may be performed on the upper or lower eyelids to address dullness, discoloration, and wrinkles. It can also nicely complement a facelift surgery that patients sometimes elect to have in tandem with their blepharoplasty.


Understanding Eyelid Surgery

Some patients only require upper eyelid surgery. If your eyes are drooping, then an eyelid lift is the best solution for you. The reason eyes droop is that the muscles in charge of keeping the eyelids open need to be shortened to restore the correct function. Upper eyelids will allow for a small ellipse of skin to be removed in the crease of the eyelid, which tightens it. The incision for the surgery will naturally be hidden in that crease.


Lower Eyelid Surgery

During your Columbus eyelid surgery consultation, the surgeons will discuss what type of operation is needed for your desired result. Many patients only need lower eyelid surgery. This surgery is best for patients who have fatty pockets underneath the eyes that constantly make them look fired. During stressful times, this condition can look worse. Unfortunately, there is no topical solution for this issue, and lower eyelid surgery is the best procedure. During surgery, the surgeons will place small incisions underneath the lower eyelash to remove the troubled and unwanted fat. The incisions will blend in with the lash and are hardly noticeable. At Smith Facial Plastics, the surgeons routinely help their patients rid themselves of embarrassing under-eye pouches, providing among the best blepharoplasty Columbus has available.


Upper Eyelid Surgery

Some patients only require upper eyelid surgery. If your eyes are drooping, then an eyelid lift is the best solution for you. The reason eyes droop is that the muscles in charge of keeping the eyelids open need to be shortened to restore the correct function. Upper eyelids will allow for a small ellipse of skin to be removed in the crease of the eyelid, which tightens it. The incision for the surgery will naturally be hidden in that crease.


Asian Eyelid Surgery in Columbus

Double Eyelid surgery, also known as Asian eyelid surgery, is a cosmetic operation that many of our Asian patients ask about. Some patients have a distinct upper eyelid, also known as a single fold, which is characterized by the lack of the lid crease. Most patients find that a double fold is more aesthetically pleasing. Asian eyelid surgery is a specialty and not a procedure that all facial plastic surgeons are comfortable performing. However, the plastic surgeons at Smith Facial Plastics are very familiar with this issue and have a lot of experience working with their patients to achieve their desired look.


Candidates for Eyelid Surgery

Candidates for our Columbus eyelid surgery are generally looking to improve drooping upper eyelids and/or puffy under-eye bags. As with any surgery, patients should be in good general health and have realistic expectations for improving the appearance of the eyes. Our doctors will take many factors into account during the consultation to determine whether eyelid surgery is the best procedure to help you meet your aesthetic goals.

What are the Benefits of Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery comes with a lot of great benefits. We’ve mentioned a few below:
● The procedure is an outpatient procedure that can be performed on the lower and upper eyelids.
● You can easily combine your blepharoplasty with other surgeries to compliment your renewed appearance. Many patients also get a Facelift or Brow Lift.
● Within a matter of a few hours, the surgery can take years off the appearance of your face.
● You’ll instantly look more refreshed and less tired.


What Should I do before my Eyelid Surgery?

The first step is to get in touch. After contacting our office and setting up a consultation, you’ll meet with one of our renowned facial plastic surgeon specialists. You’ll want to be very open with your medical history, desired goals, and hesitations during your appointment. The surgeons will be able to provide you with their expert recommendations. They will then detail the surgery with you and make sure you are 100% comfortable. Most of our patients feel that Dr. Stephen Smith and Dr. Scott Smith offer the best eyelid surgery Columbus patients can look forward to, so rest assured that you’ll be in great care.


How is Eyelid Surgery Performed?

Eyelid surgery is often performed with either general anesthesia or a combination of local anesthesia and sedation—the surgical time averages between thirty minutes to two hours. The incisions are concealed within the natural lines of the eyelids, either in the creases of the upper eyelids or just below the lash line on the lower eyelids. In some cases, the incisions may be made on the inside of the lower eyelids, leaving no visible scarring.

Once the incisions are made, the skin is separated from the underlying muscle and fatty tissue. The excess fat and skin are removed, and the muscles are addressed before using very fine sutures to close the incision. For individuals with a pocket of fat beneath the lower eyelids and no excess skin, the incision may be made inside the lower eyelid, and the excess fat is removed. This is known as a transconjunctival blepharoplasty.


Eyelid Surgery Recovery

It’s normal for the eyelids to feel tight and sore after eyelid surgery, but this can be managed with pain medication. Swelling and bruising are common. Keeping the head elevated and using cold compresses during the first few days of recovery can help to reduce swelling. Bruising may take up to two to four weeks to resolve. Patients may also experience blurred or double vision, light sensitivity, tearing, and a dry, itchy, or burning sensation in the eyes. Most patients feel well enough to return to work and other normal activities within seven to ten days following eyelid surgery.


How Much Does Eyelid Surgery Cost in Columbus?

A Columbus eyelid surgery is a highly personalized procedure. Each surgery is individually tailored to the patient’s distinct needs. During your consultation, the surgeons will provide you with their recommendations and costs. Financing options are available that can make the payment more manageable.


Schedule Your Consultation

Dr. Stehphen P. Smith Jr. and Dr. Scott Smith are highly regarded in Ohio as some of the best facial plastic surgeons in the area. Due to their skill, they are known by their patients to offer the best eyelid surgery in Columbus. If you’re interested in setting up a consultation with the surgeons, please contact us today. We look forward to meeting you!


10 Quick Tips about Eyelid Surgery

From Dr. Stephen P. Smith & Dr. Scott Smith

Eyelid Surgery is one of the most popular facial procedures performed in the United States. When performed by an experienced facial plastic surgeon, it will give you a more youthful and rejuvenated look. The surgery will instantly make you look younger. If you’re considering blepharoplasty, knowing what to do before and after the surgery will help you get ready for the operation and achieve optimal results.

Research

There are a lot of practices that offer blepharoplasty. It’s important for you to do your research on the doctors you’re considering. Find out what their training and experience are, how long they’ve been in practice, and what their patients are saying about them.

Choose a Facial Plastic Surgeon

Choose a surgeon who specializes in the anatomy of the face. Eyelid surgery is a highly personalized procedure, and choosing a facial plastic surgeon that works exclusively on the face should give you a great deal of confidence in that surgeon.

Speak Up

Communication is key! During your consultation, be as upfront as possible with your surgeon about your goals for your eyelid surgery. You should also be detailed about your medical history, health, and any prescriptions you’re taking. Even if you feel it’s not a big deal, it’s better to mention it. The best results always come when there is very open communication.

Stop Taking Certain Medications

Your surgeon will give you a list of medications you should not take leading up to your eyelid surgery. It’s vital to follow pre-opt instructions as closely as possible. This will lessen the chance of complications and can maximize results.

Give up some habits

Surgery can often be a good reason to give up bad habits. Smoking is not encouraged as it reduced blood flow. Use this to part ways with any bad habits that can cause complications during the surgery.

Take care of big projects before eyelid surgery

Many patients take off one to two weeks following surgery. While it may sound like this will be a good time to take care of house projects, it’s not. Use this time to rest and recuperate.

Eyelid Surgery Costs

Often times eyelid surgery can be less expensive than you might think. The costs depend on the type of eyelid surgery being performed. During your consultation, the surgeons will be able to give their recommendations and all associated costs. Financing options are typically available, which can be helpful. It’s essential to go into the surgery having a firm understanding of exactly what you’re paying for.

Glasses

If you typically wear contacts, you should make sure and have glasses available after the surgery. Contact lenses should be avoided for approximately two weeks after surgery, so having a pair of glasses you’re comfortable with, will make the recovery process more manageable.

Recruit Help

While the recovery process for blepharoplasty is not too extensive, having someone with you for the first few days will make a big difference. Use this time to call in any favors from family members, friends, or loved ones.

Skip the Gym

We always suggest a healthy lifestyle but immediately following your surgery, the best thing you can do is rest. Skip the gym and strenuous workouts for a few weeks. It’ll be a great time to let your muscles recover.


Blepharoplasty FAQs

Your Eyelid Surgery Questions Answered

Are there complications to eyelid surgery?

Like all surgeries, there can be complications. However, patient safety is of the utmost importance in our practice. By strictly following the surgeon’s instructions, the chances of complications greatly diminish. Possible complications include poor healing along the line of incision, the inability to completely close your eyes, infection, asymmetry, and a downward pulling on the lower eyelid. Other minor complications are possible that the surgeons will be able to address during your consultation.

How long does it take to see blepharoplasty results?

The results of your Columbus blepharoplasty will be best seen after a few weeks when the swelling has gone down.

How long are the results of eyelid surgery?

The results of blepharoplasty can be permanent. However, it is important to maintain good physical and emotional health.

Will I have scars after my blepharoplasty?

The great news about eyelid surgery is that the scars will fade and not be visible over time. After the surgery, for approximately six months, there will be a very small pink line, but on most patients, the line fades. Our patients are all pleased with their results!

Can I be in the sun after my eyelid surgery?

After blepharoplasty, you should refrain from being in the sun for a few days as much as possible. If you are going to be outside, you should wear sunglasses.

Can I put in my contacts after eyelid surgery?

If you have contacts, you should not wear them for about two weeks after surgery. The surgeons will provide exact instructions. Glasses are advised to wear for seeing and sunglasses when outside.

Can I work out after blepharoplasty?

After an eyelid lid lift, you should refrain from strenuous activities for about two weeks. The surgeons will provide exact instructions during your appointment.

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