Blepharoplasty in Miami Beach, FL
Rejuvenating the eyelids allows the eyes to appear open, alert, and more youthful. Dr. Salloum often performs a facelift, brow lift, or other cosmetic surgery along with blepharoplasty to meet his patient’s aesthetic goals. He is a Board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facial surgery and eyelid rejuvenation for men and women at the Miami Center for Plastic Surgery in Miami Beach, FL.
Eyelid Surgery to put the sparkle back in your eyes
Droopy eyelids, pockets of fat, and dark shadows beneath the eyes age the face and cause the eyes to appear puffy and tired. Fortunately, cosmetic eyelid surgery can tighten and smooth the critical area around the eyes for a refreshed look.
Dr. Salloum often performs a facelift, brow lift, or other cosmetic surgery along with blepharoplasty to meet his patient’s aesthetic goals. He is a Board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facial surgery and eyelid rejuvenation for men and women at the Miami Center for Plastic Surgery in Miami Beach, FL.
What is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is the medical term for eyelid surgery, which is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess eyelid skin, tightens weak muscles in the area, and lifts sagging skin in the upper or lower eyelids. Functional blepharoplasty surgery lifts the upper lid when excess tissue is partially blocking the vision due to an injury, age, or another condition.
Benefits of Blepharoplasty
Eyelid surgery with Dr. Salloum in Miami Beach, Florida, offers multiple benefits. Blepharoplasty also improves self-esteem and self-confidence by providing a more youthful, refreshed appearance. It can also be used to remove drooping loose skin from the upper eyelids that may be causing a visual obstruction.
Blepharoplasty smooths under-eye bags, wrinkles, and puffy eyelid skin. It reduces upper and lower fat bulges, tightens lax muscles, and creates a defined eyelid crease.
Dr. Gabriel Salloum provides private blepharoplasty consultations at the Miami Center for Plastic Surgery in Miami, Florida. First, he reviews the patient’s health history before examining the upper and lower eyelid of each eye to assess the condition of the skin and muscles. Patients will share their goals, and Dr. Salloum will determine if surgical eyelid rejuvenation is the right treatment option for their needs. Approved candidates will then receive a personalized treatment plan.
Preparation for Eyelid Surgery
You will receive preparation instructions during your eyelid surgery consultation with Dr. Salloum. He may request lab testing or a medical evaluation from your general doctor. Stop smoking and avoid herbal supplements, aspirin, and anti-inflammatory drugs that increase the risk of bruising or bleeding. Ask a friend to drive you to and from the surgery center on the day of your procedure.
Dr. Salloum performs eyelid surgery at an accredited surgery center in Miami Beach, Florida. Local anesthesia is typically used during eyelid surgery, which reduces the recovery time. General anesthesia may be used depending on the details of the operation.
Dr. Salloum places the upper eyelid incision along the crease and conceals it within the natural fold. He hides the lower eyelid incision along the lash line or inside the lower eyelid. The eyelid heals faster than other areas on the body, so possible scarring fades quickly.
Types of Blepharoplasty
Eyelid surgery is customized based on your goals and may include only upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty, or a combination of both.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
Dr. Salloum creates a small incision along the upper eyelid crease before removing excess skin, fat, and muscle drooping over the eyes. He carefully closes the incision to create a defined crease without visible scars.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
Dr. Salloum creates a small incision below the lashes, hidden in the natural crease, or inside the lower lid. He removes any excess fat and sagging skin, tightens the muscles, and smooths away bags and wrinkles before closing the incisions.
Double eyelid surgery, or Asian eyelid surgery, makes the eyelid crease more visible. Much of the Asian population has no natural fold in the eyelids. Double eyelid blepharoplasty makes applying make-up easier and the eyes look wider.
Risks of Blepharoplasty
Blepharoplasty complications are rare, but there are risks associated with every cosmetic surgery. Eyelid surgery risks and side effects may include swelling and bruising, bleeding, anesthesia complications, dry eyes, infection, sensitivity to bright light, changes in vision, persistent pain, and the possible need for revision surgery. Surgical risks are reduced when the procedure is performed by an experienced plastic surgeon.
Eyelid Surgery Recovery
After your procedure, antibiotic ointment is used on the incision and in the eyes for protection but causes temporary blurred vision. The fine sutures minimize scarring and dissolve gradually over the next two to three weeks.
Dr. Salloum provides aftercare instructions during the consultation. After the local anesthetic wears off, the nerves will wake up, and the area will be sore for a few hours. Tylenol is usually adequate for temporary relief. The pain is often minimal, and most patients do not need any pain medicine by the following day.
Gel or ice packs should be placed on the lids for 10 minutes every hour for the first 24 hours, while the patient is awake. Bruising is normal and will begin to fade after the second day.
To minimize swelling, patients should keep their heads elevated while sleeping during the first few nights. They should also wear sunglasses or tinted lenses to protect the eyes from bright lights. Sunglasses may also hide bruising, which resolves naturally within two to three weeks.
Patients should avoid strenuous physical exercise, including eyestrain, for several weeks and should refrain from wearing contact lenses until approved by the doctor. Most patients return to work in three to five days, but some bruising and swelling may last up to three weeks.
Why should I choose Dr. Gabriel Salloum?
Dr. Salloum is a respected Miami plastic surgeon with over 13 years of experience in practice. Dr. Salloum provides specialized, high-quality procedures that range from tummy tucks, eyelid lifts, and breast surgeries. In addition, Dr. Salloum also holds the following qualifications:
- Double board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
- Specializes in facial reconstructive surgery and body, breast, and nose procedures
- Extensive surgical experience helping men and women achieve their cosmetic goals
- Natural-looking, exceptional cosmetic results based on each client’s unique goals
- Provides ample time to meet with his patients to answer any questions and address any concerns
- 4.5 and five-star reviews on Vitals, Yelp, Realself, and Google
- Winner of multiple awards, including the New York Times Best Plastic Surgeon
The cost of blepharoplasty will vary depending on your specific goals and treatment plan. Prices range from $2500 to $6500 based on whether you need upper and/or lower eyelid surgery and muscle restructuring.
Medical insurance does not cover most cosmetic surgeries. However, a functional blepharoplasty may be considered a medical procedure when it is used to remove heavy, sagging skin that blocks the patient’s vision.
Cosmetic or functional blepharoplasty candidates are healthy, non-smoking men and women with realistic expectations who would like to improve the appearance of their upper and lower eyelids or restore vision by removing obstructive sagging skin.
When the health of patients over the age of 65 is properly evaluated, the risk is similar to that of younger patients. Most eyelid surgery patients are over the age of 35. Baggy or droopy eyelids can be hereditary, and some individuals choose to have plastic surgery done sooner.
Eyelid surgery provides benefits that last five to seven years or longer and can reduce signs of aging, improve facial balance, and boost self-confidence.
Dr. Salloum is an injection specialist and offers Juvederm and Restylane fillers, which may reduce dark shadows and fill hollow circles under the eyes. Botox can relax the muscles around the eyes to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet and slightly elevate the outer brow, which can provide some lift to the upper eyelid. However, blepharoplasty is the best option for the removal of excess skin and tightening lax muscles in the upper and lower eyelids.
Schedule an Eyelid Surgery consultation in Miami Beach today
Dr. Salloum provides specialized, high-quality procedures in Miami, Florida, that range from tummy tucks, to eyelid lifts, and breast surgeries. Contact us online or call 305-405-6910 to schedule a consultation for eyelid surgery at the Miami Center for Plastic Surgery conveniently located at 4308 Alton Road #720 Miami Beach, FL 33140.