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Eyelid Lift

Blepharoplasty

At his state-of-the-art cosmetic surgery Baltimore facility, Dr. Summers helps Baltimore eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) patients. In the paragraphs below, the procedure is explained and before and after pictures can be seen on the photo page.

Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty)

One of the first things noticed about a person is their eyes. Whether in business or romantic situations, we are all attracted to large, bright, youthful eyes. Unfortunately, eye bags and droopy eyelids, caused by aging or genetics, are a very common problem. During the aging process, wrinkles, lines, and puffiness contribute to a tired or aged appearance. Removal of the extra tissue brings your eyes back into view, causing them to look larger and younger, brightening your entire face.

Blepharoplasty is an outpatient surgical procedure at the Maryland Plastic Surgery Center which removes excess skin, fatty tissue, and muscle from the eyelids both above and below the eyes, creating a more youthful appearance. The incisions made by Dr. Summers are frequently so small that they cannot be seen.

Unlike some procedures which only last a few months or years, the results of blepharoplasty are permanent. However, it will not prevent future wrinkles from developing.

Eyelid Lift Procedures

If droopiness above the eye is to be corrected, the incisions are made in the eye crease. Occasionally a forehead or brow lift will be recommended for optimal results.
If puffiness, loose skin or fat of the lower eyelid is to be corrected, the incisions are made along the lower lash line. Sometimes, Dr. Summers can even make the incisions inside the lower eyelid, hiding them completely. If slightly loose skin and/or fine lines are the primary concern, a non-surgical option such as Fractional Laser Resurfacing (e.g. Fraxel) may be used.

Eyelid Lift Procedure Goals

  • Dark circles or bags under the eyes.
  • Excessive skin or wrinkles surrounding the eyelids.
  • A tired appearance or puffiness due to inherited factors.

The Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty) Procedure

At the Maryland Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Summers usually performs upper eyelid blepharoplasty under a local anesthesia. Lower eyelid blepharoplasty typically is performed with sedation or under a general anesthetic.

Upper Eyelids

The surgical procedure includes tiny incisions made in the natural contours around the eyes to minimize visible scarring. Excess skin and fat will be removed. The skin will be tightened and a new contour will be obtained. After the excess tissue is removed, tiny sutures are used to close the incisions.

Lower Eyelids

Lower eyelids are completed next to eliminate puffiness and reduce dark circles. In some instances, laser technology (complete resurfacing or fractional resurfacing) may be used to smooth lower eyelid areas. The surgery generally takes about one to three hours.

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