Upper Lid Blepharoplasty: With aging, people can develop excess upper eyelid skin. This not only can be a cosmetic issue, but can interfere with one's peripheral vision. Removing the excess upper eyelid skin (blepharoplasty) is a relatively straightforward outpatient surgery that only takes 15-20 minutes. The incision is hidden within the upper eyelid crease, eliminating any noticeable scars. Conscious sedation is usually administered for patient comfort. Because the eyelid skin is the thinnest skin in the body, many patients require no or minimal pain medication (such as extra-strength Tylenol) postoperatively. Swelling and bruising are minimal, especially when the blepharoplasty is done with a laser, and typically last 1-2 weeks.
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Lower Lid Blepharoplasty: Excess skin and the tired appearance which can occur from fat herniation in the lower eyelids can be eliminated by a lower lid blepharoplasty. This outpatient operation commonly takes between 20 and 40 minutes to perform. Conscious sedation is usually administered for patient comfort. The excess lower eyelid fat is either removed or rearranged through a hidden, inside-the-lower-eyelid approach. Alternatively, if a patient has a significant amount of excess skin, an imperceptible incision just below the eyelashes can be used. Most patients, however, do not require an external incision, as the excess skin can be rejuvenated with either chemical peels or laser resurfacing. Swelling and bruising are minimal and typically last 1-2 weeks.
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