Eyelid Surgery in South Florida
When your eyes are bright and alert, you appear energized, well-rested, and in control. However, if you have lower-eyelid puffiness, dark circles or drooping upper lids, others may assume that you are fatigued, angry, or unhappy. Eyelid surgery is a procedure that helps to improve the appearance of the eyelids. It can be performed on the upper lids, lower lids, or both. Dr. Wigoda is a board certified plastic surgeon in Fort Lauderdale and Miami who helps south Floridians feel better about their appearance with his wide array of cosmetic procedures, including eyelid surgery. He will evaluate your facial anatomy to determine which procedure works best for you. Learn about eyelid surgery and find out if you are a candidate below.
Who is a candidate for eyelid surgery?
You may be a good candidate for eyelid surgery if you have any of the following conditions:
• Upper eyelids
• Excess skin that hides the natural fold of the upper lids
• Loose skin that hangs down from the upper eyelids
• Puffiness in the upper eyelids that creates a tired look
• Lower eyelids
• Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelids
• Puffy “bags” and, in some cases dark circles
It is important that eyelid surgery candidates are nonsmokers, healthy individuals without serious medical conditions, and have a positive outlook and realistic goals with their surgery.
How Is Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery Performed?
The specific method used for eyelid surgery will be determined by your features and Dr. Wigoda’s preferences. Talk to Dr. Wigoda about your concerns will allow him to design a surgical plan that works best for you.
Upper Eyelid surgery
Typically, the incision begins within the natural crease of the eye’s inside corner and extends slightly beyond the outside corner into the crow’s feet or laugh lines. Through this incision, excess skin and fatty tissue are removed. The incision line follows the natural contour of the upper eyelid, and is camouflaged when healed.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
Usually, the incision is concealed just below the lower lashes. Through this incision, excess skin, muscle, and fat are removed. Dr. Wigoda may also make special adjustments. For example, the fat beneath the eye can be redistributed to eliminate puffiness or bulges. In some patients, the underlying muscle will be tightened.
What is eyelid surgery recovery like?
Dr. Wigoda will provide you with specific instructions to care for your eyes, and minimize pain and discomfort. Lubricating ointment and cold compresses may be applied; and, in some cases, gauze may be loosely applied after your procedure. Initial healing will include swelling and bruising. Dry eyes, irritation, and discomfort may occur, but can be minimized with medication, ointment, or cold compresses. Most patients can resume public activity within 10-14 days, however, it may take longer for the final healing to be complete.
Dr. Wigoda and his staff will go over the details of your eyelid surgery recovery with you, including:
• Where you will be taken after your surgery
• What, if any, medication you will be prescribed?
• Application and care for dressings and bandages
• When you can resume normal activity
• Follow up care
Important recovery information
It is critical to the healing of your eyes to use darkly tinted sunglasses and avoid sun exposure until the healing process is complete.
What are the results of eyelid surgery?
The results of eyelid surgery with Dr. Wigoda are long lasting. Although natural aging will still occur, diligent sun protection can help maintain your results longer.
You should always conduct thorough research into your surgeon and the procedure before undergoing surgery. With over 18 years of experience performing top-quality plastic surgery on men and women from all over the world, Dr. Wigoda’s results speak for themselves. Schedule your eyelid surgery consultation today to discuss your surgical goals, medical conditions, evaluate your general health status, take photographs, discuss your options, and most importantly to ensure you feel comfortable and safe under the care of Dr. Wigoda and his professional staff.