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.
Rejuvenating the eyelids allows the eyes to appear open, alert, and more youthful. Board-certified plastic surgeon Gabriel E. Salloum, M.D., F.A.C.S. specializes in facial surgery and eyelid rejuvenation for men and women at the Miami Center for Plastic Surgery in Miami Beach, FL.
What is Eyelid Surgery?
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 eyelid when excess tissue is partially blocking the vision due to an injury, age, or another condition.
Eyelid surgery can be performed on its own or in addition to other facial rejuvenation procedures. Dr. Salloum often performs a facelift, brow lift, or other cosmetic surgery along with blepharoplasty to meet his patient’s aesthetic goals.
The benefits of Blepharoplasty
Eyelid surgery with Dr. Salloum in Miami Beach, Florida, offers multiple benefits.
- Improves self-esteem and self-confidence
- Opens up the eyes for a more alert and awake appearance
- Reduces upper and lower fat bulges
- Firms and tightens lax muscles
- Smooths under-eye bags
- Reveals a defined eyelid crease
- Smooths wrinkles and puffy eyelid skin
- Provides a more youthful, refreshed appearance
- Eliminates visual obstructions by removing drooping skin from the upper eyelids.
Eyelid Surgery candidates
Dr. Salloum evaluates each patient’s eyelid lift candidacy during a private consultation in Miami Beach. 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.
The Eyelid Surgery consultation
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 that may include the removal of excess skin, the tightening of the upper eyelid muscles, and the creation of a clearly defined crease in the upper eyelid. Dr. Salloum shares before and after pictures from previous patients and explains the incisions and other details of the operation, including the benefits and risks of the procedure.
The Blepharoplasty 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. However, general anesthesia may be used depending on the details of the operation. The surgery is customized 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 that is 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.
Combined Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery
Dr. Salloum typically begins with the upper eyelid when performing a combination blepharoplasty. Combination eyelid surgery takes approximately 1 to 2 hours when performed on its own.
Dermal Filler treatments
Dermal fillers are temporary and non-surgical, but Dr. Salloum may recommend them when deep tear troughs cause dark circles and tired eyes. Dr. Salloum also specializes in fat transfer injections, which can be used to reduce the appearance of dark circles. The natural fat is removed with liposuction from the thighs or abdomen, cleansed, and injected into depressed circles under the eyes.
Eyelid Surgery recovery
The doctor may place small dressings above the lids to avoid blocking the patient’s vision. 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. The constant use of ice can decrease circulation. 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. The doctor will prescribe an antibiotic ointment to aid in healing.
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
Frequently Asked Questions about Eyelid Surgery
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. Dr. Salloum will discuss the risks and benefits during your private consultation.
You may be approved for cosmetic eyelid surgery if you are a nonsmoker in good health, but the best way to determine your candidacy is to meet with Dr. Salloum during a private consultation. You may benefit from upper eyelid surgery if your eyelids are heavy and sagging, or a lower eyelid lift if you have dark circles and pockets of fat or sagging skin under your lower lids.
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 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 also heals faster than other areas on the body, so possible scarring fades quickly. The doctor will explain the surgical procedure details, including the incisions, the risks, and benefits during the private consultation.
What is the best age for eyelid surgery?
Most eyelid surgery patients are over the age of 35. But 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.
Am I too old for eyelid surgery?
There is no strict upper age limit. When the health of patients over the age of 65 is properly evaluated, the risk is similar to that of younger patients. Dr. Salloum evaluates each patient during a private consultation to screen for health issues and to assess potential risks.
Eyelid surgery improves vision, removes sagging upper eyelid skin, and smooths bags from under the eyes, allowing Dr. Salloum’s patients to age more gracefully. Eyelid surgery may also be combined with a facelift, brow lift, or other cosmetic surgeries.
How long will the surgical results last?
Eyelid surgery reduces signs of aging and improves vision by removing excess skin from the upper eyelids. The long-lasting results provide improvements that last for years. However, plastic surgery cannot prevent future aging.
Can I wear contact lenses after eyelid surgery?
During the first week after the surgery, your eyes will be sore and sensitive to light. Contact lenses could cause dry eyes and irritation. The surgical site is also more vulnerable to infection, and wearing contact lenses too soon could cause infection and severe discomfort in your eyes and eyelids. Temporarily avoid wearing contact lenses until Dr. Salloum gives his approval.
Are there alternative cosmetic procedures to address the eye area?
Dr. Salloum is an injection specialist and offers some patients 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 to tighten lax muscles in the upper and lower eyelids.
Can I have eyelid lift surgery if I have dry eyes?
You can benefit from eyelid surgery even if you have dry eyes. Dr. Salloum typically removes less tissue to avoid exposing the eyes to the air, which can worsen dry eye symptoms. You will have time to discuss this concern during your private consultation.
Is blepharoplasty covered by medical insurance?
Medical insurance does not cover most cosmetic surgeries like eyelid lifts and facelifts. However, a functional blepharoplasty may sometimes be considered a medical procedure since it is needed to remove heavy, sagging skin blocking the patient’s vision.
Schedule an Eyelid Surgery consultation in Miami Beach today
You can learn more about eyelid surgery during a complimentary meeting with double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gabriel Salloum. Contact us online or call 305-405-6910 to schedule a consultation for eyelid surgery at the Miami Center for Plastic Surgery in Miami Beach, Florida.