Eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty) corrects drooping upper eyelid skin, tired puffy eyelids, and puffy bags below your eyes – features that may even interfere with your vision, and make you look old and worn out. Many people seek this type of eyelid surgery as early as in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s to give them a brighter, more youthful appearance.
Eyelid surgery attacks the excess skin and the subcutaneous fat deposits – the sources of the tired haggard look. Blepharoplasty can be done alone, or in conjunction with other facial surgery procedures such as a Vertical Facelift procedure, Forehead Lift procedure or Dr. Chugay’s Crow’s Feet Removal Procedure to remove those stubborn wrinkles around your eyes.
What Elements of Dr. Chugay’s Blepharoplasty Technique are Unique?
In an attempt to somehow deal with the unsightly Crow’s Feet (wrinkles in the outer corner of the eyes as the result of aging), most surgeons extend the incision in the lower lid beyond the outer edge of the eye, which can produce noticeable scarring. Dr. Chugay stops the incision at the outer edge of the eye. For those patients who need to reduce wrinkles around the eyes, Dr. Chugay utilizes his unique technique of Crow’s Feet Removal. The ugly scars are thus prevented, and the wrinkles are dealt with.
The traditional blepharoplasty technique emphasizes extensive removal of fat in the lower lid in order to assure complete removal of the puffy bags. However, this overcorrection often results in hollow or even cadaverous-looking eyes. Dr. Chugay removes fat conservatively and only from certain layers, thus producing excellent results without the hollow-eye look.
Dr. Chugay insists that skin excision on average should be minimal especially on older patients whose muscles are weak and a round-eye appearance can be produced (rather than the normal elliptical shape.)
Dr. Chugay removes some fat in the middle and medial (close to the nose) areas to get a crisper, less puffy upper lid appearance. Presently only about 15% of all surgeons utilize this technique.
To produce a complete rejuvenation in the eye area, Dr. Chugay recommends Crow’s Feet Removal in conjunction with Blepharoplasty. A well-administered chemical peel can later remove the remaining fine lines and wrinkles.
In an eyelid surgery, an incision is usually made in the natural skin fold on the upper eyelid. The excess skin is removed and the skin is repaired with very fine absorbing sutures. The lower eyelid incision is made directly under the eyelash line. The excess skin and some muscle are removed from the region of the lower lids. If there is some fat in the region of the lower lids, that fat is also removed. The skin is closed with fine dissolving sutures.
The surgery will be performed in our fully accredited surgical facility on an outpatient basis. No inpatient stay is required.
Dr. Chugay utilizes a combination of local anesthesia and IV sedation. You will be asleep and comfortable during the procedure. The risky general anesthesia is not used. Dr Chugay is pleased to offer Goldilocks Anesthesia.
Eyelid surgery remains one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures. Very rare cases of scarring may occur because the skin is quite thin in the eyelid region. Infection may happen, and antibiotics are given prior to surgery. Bleeding may occur. A condition called Ectropion (pulling of the skin) may happen in the region of the lower lids if an excessive amount of skin is removed. However, the risks are infrequent, and can often be avoided if you follow Dr. Chugay’s instructions carefully.
After your Surgery
Following the eyelid surgery, the eyes may be swollen and tender. Antibiotics will be prescribed for a week’s time. Stitches are removed within several days postoperatively if necessary. Most patients within a week’s time return back to their normal activity. Please follow all post-operative instructions for optimal and fastest healing and recovery.