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Eyelid Surgery in Tucson, AZ

Blepharoplasty

There are several cosmetic eyelid surgery procedures, which are either cosmetic procedures or medically necessary procedures. A blepharoplasty is most commonly an elective cosmetic procedure that removes excess tissue around the eyes. 

The eye area is a delicate and important region of the face. Our eyes are an integral part of how we communicate with others. If you wish to have your eye area improved for cosmetic reasons, it is important that you take care to choose a surgeon who can improve your appearance while preserving your vision and ability to communicate with your eyes.

Choosing the best surgeon is also an important consideration if you have a medically necessary operation on this delicate area of your face. Whether your eye surgery is cosmetic or medically necessary, in order to achieve the best results, you should select a surgeon who is specially trained in the eyes and in facial cosmetic surgery. This type of surgeon is known as an ophthalmic plastic surgeon, or an oculoplastic surgeon.

Dr. Lo is an ophthalmic plastic surgeon (or oculoplastic surgeon). This means that Dr. Lo is trained in both facial cosmetic surgery and ophthalmology. Tucson facial cosmetic surgeon Dr. Lo is uniquely qualified and specially trained in advanced techniques to correct many disorders around the eyelid area. Some of the most common eyelid surgeries are:

  • Upper eyelid or lower eyelid (blepharoplasty or eye lift)
  • Ectropion and entropion repair
  • Eyelid ptosis repair

 

Eyelid Surgery Tucson AZ Before & After

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Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery in Tucson, AZ

As you age, your skin loses collagen and elastin, which keep the skin taught. As your skin loosens and sags, excess skin or tissue deposits can affect the area above your eyes. Excess skin and fatty deposits can also develop underneath your eyes, creating large bags under the eyes.

A blepharoplasty can correct the following:

  • excess skin and fatty deposits that cover the upper lid of your eye
  • bags and puffy skin beneath your eyes
  • fine lines and wrinkles beneath your eyes

A blepharoplasty, while sometimes considered medically necessary, is usually performed for cosmetic reasons. Blepharoplasty is the surgical removal of excess tissue on the eyelid (this excess eyelid skin and tissue is called dermatochalasis). Health insurance will cover the removal of the upper eyelid tissue if it meets their strict criteria. If it does not, then it is considered a cosmetic procedure and insurance will not cover it.

How is a Cosmetic Blepharoplasty Performed?

During your blepharoplasty, you will be sedated under anesthesia. Dr. Lo can perform blepharoplasty to correct excess skin and tissue on the upper eyelid, the lower eyelid, or both the upper and lower eyelid. When Dr. Lo corrects the lower eyelid, he will make either an incision below the eye close to the lash line, or from the inside of the lower eyelid. Upper eyelid correction is performed with an incision above the eye. Dr. Lo will take care to make incisions that can be hidden within the natural contours of your eye.

After Dr. Lo makes the incision, he will access the fat deposits above or below the eye through the muscles around the eyes. He will remove small amounts of excess fat from the eye area, and he may remove some excess skin as well. The incisions are then carefully closed.

Results And Recovery of Eye Lift Surgery in Tucson

Eye lift surgery can require you to take a week or more off of work and your normal activities. After your blepharoplasty, you will need to rest and you will not be able to read or watch television for several days.

After your eye lift surgery procedure, you will need to care for the incisions above or below your eyes, or both. You may have bruising and swelling around your eyes. Sometimes special bandages are worn around the eye area. If you have non-absorbable sutures, you will have a follow up visit a few days after your surgery to have them removed. Dr. Lo may advise you to wear dark glasses to protect your eyes, as they may temporarily be more sensitive to light. Your eyes may also be red or tear up frequently for several weeks, but this is temporary.

You will see the results of your eyelid surgery after the initial healing of your incisions and the initial swelling has improved. It may take up to one year before you see incision scars fully fade, but until they do, they can be hidden with makeup.

A blepharoplasty creates long-lasting results, which you should enjoy for many years. Removing excess tissue and skin around the eyes can give your eyes a more youthful appearance, which can brighten your whole face!

To Learn More About Blepharoplasty in Tucson

To learn more about blepharoplasty eyelid treatment, please fill out our contact form or call (520) 877-2725 to speak with our staff.