The skin surrounding your eyes is amongst the thinnest and most fragile on your body, which is why choosing an experienced surgeon will result in the best and most natural result. As a specialist in eyelid surgery, Dr. Amy Kulak has performed thousands of blepharoplasties, utilizing her experience and skill to achieve the best possible results for all of her patients.
So why might you need a blepharoplasty? Your eyelid skin stretches, collagen production decreases, and the muscles supporting the eyelids weaken as you age. Because of this, excess fat may gather above & below your eyelids which causes sagging eyebrows, droopy upper lids, and bags under your eyes. Aside from making you look older, this sagging skin around the eyes can reduce your peripheral vision. Additionally, the drooping or sagging skin can also keep your eyelids from opening completely and could even pull your lower eyelids down. An upper or lower blepharoplasty can reduce or even eliminate vision problems and make your eyes appear more youthful.
An upper blepharoplasty, also known as an eyelid lift, is a minimally invasive procedure for those patients that have excess skin, tissue, or fat on their upper eyelids.* An upper blepharoplasty can be purely cosmetic to reduce the appearance of aging, or functional to reduce the obstructions of vision caused by overhanging skin. In both cases, an upper blepharoplasty restores a youthful look to the eyes and improves heaviness around the eyes. Kulak Eye & Cosmetic Surgery owner Dr. Amy Kulak performs upper blepharoplasty procedures to revitalize her patient's eyes, giving them natural, refreshed, and youthful results.
Before scheduling your upper blepharoplasty, you will meet with Dr. Kulak to test your tear production, measure parts of your eyelid, and test your peripheral vision. Additionally, your eyes will be photographed from different angles to help Dr. Kulak plan the surgery and assess the immediate and long-term effects of the procedure. It is important during the pre-op stages to ensure you are sharing your overall goal for the procedure with our team. With your goals in mind, Dr. Kulak is able to make recommendations to help you achieve your desired result.
Although an upper blepharoplasty rejuvenates the eyes and can help with vision problems, this procedure does not address facial wrinkles or crow's feet. Many of our patients choose to have lower eyelid surgery (lower blepharoplasty), dermal filler injections, and other procedures to address these issues at the same time as their upper eyelid procedure. During your consultation, let Dr. Kulak know if you have any other cosmetic concerns and she can discuss your options!
The procedure identifies the upper eyelid crease on each eyelid and designs a skin excision that removes enough skin to alleviate the issue, while also preserving enough skin to ensure that the eyelid can still close. In more serious cases, a small amount of the muscle that closes the eyelid (orbicularis oculi) is also removed to help alleviate drooping. Fat in the upper middle eyelid is also usually preserved, but some removal may help with cosmetic contouring of the eyelid. To avoid any complications, which are rare, Dr. Kulak practices conservative skin excision. This practice helps to ensure that difficulty closing the eye, chronic dry eye, and injury to the cornea are avoided during the healing and post-surgery process. When Dr. Kulak is complete with the procedure; she will close the eyelid with sutures. The incision will lie within the eyelid crease to make it less visible during the healing process.
After your procedure, we recommend keeping your head elevated and applying ice to the eyelids for 20 minutes every hour. Inflammation and mild bruising around the areas and tightness in the eyelids are common following upper eyelid surgery. Your post-operative appointment will be X days after your procedure. You should expect your eyelids to look normal within a week or two. Glasses can be worn directly after the procedure; however, we do ask that contact lenses be avoided while your eyes heal. Please check with Dr. Kulak before returning to contact lens wear or applying makeup.
With changes that noticeably enhance your features, you'll look like you, only better. Ready for a lift? Schedule your consultation with Dr. Amy Kulak today to see if an upper blepharoplasty is right for you.
*Ptosis is when the upper eyelid descends below its normal position and covers the iris or pupil. In a majority of our patients, there is excess upper eyelid skin that causes a less severe sagging appearance that is not deemed ptosis. To ensure we select the right procedure for every patient, Dr. Kulak must assess whether there is an element of ptosis that will require a different treatment. Additionally, any patients with eye diseases such as severe dry eye or glaucoma should not have eyelid surgery unless under special circumstances.
If you are in our North East Florida, contact us today at (904) 775-5275 or email@example.com to schedule a consultation with Dr. Amy Kulak to discuss all your options when it comes to treating your saggy and drooping eyelids.