Are you looking to improve the appearance of your eyes? Our oculofacial plastic surgeon Dr. Amy Kulak offers lower blepharoplasty surgery to help you achieve your desired look. This surgical procedure can correct several lower eyelid-related issues, such as puffiness, dark circles, or drooping. With careful planning and execution, our surgeon can help you achieve natural-looking results that make you look younger and more refreshed. Contact our office in the Jacksonville Beach area today to schedule a consultation with our surgeon and learn more about this procedure. We would be happy to help you get started on improving your appearance!
It's not uncommon for people to develop lower-eye bags. As we age, our skin loses elasticity and collagen, which can cause the fatty tissue around our eyes to sag. The skin surrounding our eyes is the thinnest on our bodies; this is the first part of the body to show signs of aging.
Contributing factors to eye bags include:
Lack of sleep
A lower blepharoplasty helps to eliminate the visibility of eye bags, corrects hollowness, corrects puffiness, and even reduces the visibility of dark circles. This procedure can also address vision problems due to a decreased field of view from the eyelids sagging. The procedure is designed to remove excess fat or skin under the eyes. The result is youthful, more visually alert-looking eyes.
Lower Blepharoplasty is performed in two ways: with an external (transcutaneous) incision, or an internal (transconjunctival) incision. The incision is made on the inside of the lower eyelid, leaving no visible scar and resulting in a more natural look. The portions of the fat pad below the eye are removed through the incision.
Transcutaneous Lower Lid Blepharoplasty - A transcutaneous lower lid blepharoplasty is performed with a subciliary incision, also known as a pinch technique, to remove protruding fat and excess skin.
Transconjunctival Arcus Marginalis Release - A transconjunctival arcus marginalis release moves the fat within the lid to maintain some volume in the soft tissue. It prevents the ridge of the orbital bone from becoming too prominent, which causes the eyes to look hollow and the face to appear older.
Lower blepharoplasty surgery begins with a consultation with Dr. Kulak. She will determine her incision options based on your facial complexion and your desired result. A final allotted time & post-operative instructions will be discussed during your consultation.
Dr. Kulak is a board-certified and highly-trained oculofacial surgeon. She’s an ophthalmologist with extensive training in eye surgery and ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery. She's well-versed in the intricacies of eyelid anatomy and is qualified to make the right decisions to achieve the best possible outcome. She will examine your eye for complications and make your eye health a top priority. It’s these unique qualifications of ophthalmology that separate her from regular plastic surgeons.
The procedure is usually performed using local anesthesia and light sedation. The procedure may take anywhere from 1– 2.5 hours, depending on what is being done. During the procedure, the herniated orbital fat pads, or the bags under your eyes, are entirely removed. When skin tightening is needed, Dr. Kulak recommends a laser resurfacing treatment or a tightening procedure in tandem with a lower blepharoplasty. In this case, the incision is placed just below the eyelash line to remove any excess skin. To avoid any rare complications, Dr. Kulak practices conservative skin excision. After the lower eyelid blepharoplasty procedure is performed, the incisions are closed with sutures and usually wrapped in gauze to allow the area to heal.
After the procedure, you will need a friend or family member to drive you home. It is also recommended that someone should look after you during the first day or two after surgery. Patients are instructed to apply ice for the first 48 hours, rest, and avoid strenuous activity for at least one week.
Inflammation and mild bruising around the areas are common following lower eyelid surgery. You can expect swelling and bruising to subside after 2–3 weeks, with complete results after a few months.
Your post-operative appointment schedule will be provided by Dr. Kulak. You should be able to return to work and most of your regular activities, including light exercise, in as little as 7 to 10 days.
Ready for a lift? If you are considering lower blepharoplasty surgery to help improve the appearance of your eyelids, Dr. Amy Kulak is here to help. With years of experience and training, she can provide you with the results you desire. Lower blepharoplasty can correct several issues, such as puffiness, dark circles, or drooping eyelids. So don't wait any longer, call today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Amy Kulak and see if this surgical procedure is right for you.