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Blepharoplasty

July 25, 2013

Doctor Olson is board certified and is fellowship trained as an oculofacial plastic surgeon. She is a fellow of the prestigious American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) with fewer that 500 fellows nationwide. "Today's aesthetic surgeries and minimally invasive techniques can dramatically improve the way people look and feel about themselves." An Associate Clinical Professor at Yale University and past director of Yale Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery, Doctor Olson has been in private practice since 1992 specializing in performing aesthetic eyelid and facial injectables, lasers and surgery.

Preserving fat, even in the eyelids, can prevent people from looking hollow.  Working around the eyes is something that Doctor Olson takes very seriously. While she is all about aesthetics, she says safety and the function of the eyes is always most important. "I believe in combining surgical and nonsurgical treatments in a nuanced fashion to achieve the most natural facial shape and contours."

 

Over time, age, heredity and too much time in the sun makes the skin around our eyes begin to show signs of damage and deflation, making us look tired, older and listless. Even gravity can conspire to sag the delicate skin and eyelid position.

Blepharoplasty will help eliminate sagging eyelids, pouches and excess folds around the eyes.

If your friends occasionally ask if you are tired or angry but you feel great, you may be amazed at the results of an upper eyelid lift. 

An upper eyelid lift can help reverse the aging process by removing or repositioning excess skin and fat, enhancing your natural contours and restoring the expressive qualities of your eyes.

Lower eyelid blepharoplasty is used to remove or reposition the fat bulges and loose skin of the bottom eyelids.

Doctor Olson has a specialized 3 dimensional approach to the lower eyelid surgery. She recontours the fat through the back side of the eyelid (transconjunctival approach). The eyelid is horizontally supported so that the eyeshape remains a youthful almond shape into older age. Sagging, retraction and round eye is prevented. The skin externally is redraped to improve the wrinkled texture with either surgery or laser. It is important to maintain the eyelid function to protect the eye and restore a normal position and shape to the eyes. Doctor Olson specializes in the correction of lid retraction caused by previous surgery and performs corrective surgery for patients who are unhappy with previous blepharoplasty from older and more aggressive techniques.

 

Eyelid surgery may be performed at any age and all times of the year in the office based setting. 99 percent of surgeons are NOT eye specialists – ASOPRS surgeons are extensively trained and experienced oculofacial surgeons.

 

 

Visit our website to learn more about Dr. Olson and look at some of her actual patients pictures.  www.doctorjaneolson.com

Read more about the benefits of Upper and/or Lower Lid Blepharoplasty in this In With Skin Article:

BENEFITS

Not many people realize that Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in plastic surgeons' offices today. This type of enhancement surgery can remove lax, droopy excess skin from around the delicate eye area – taking years off a patient's face, with roughly two weeks of downtime and recovery. Blepharoplasty is a relatively simple and delicate procedure with dramatic impacts on the upper eyelids, as well as the lower eyelids. The appearance of the eyes can significantly change by correcting both the sagging upper lids above the eyes and the puffy bags under the eyes – opening the vision area to appear brighter, larger and tauter. Blepharoplasty eyelid surgery is extremely popular among both men and women who seek to maintain a more alert, refreshed appearance.

Many people who choose to have a Blepharoplasty have more than one cosmetic procedure done at the same time for a more balanced look. Other complementary cosmetic surgeries that go well with and eyelid lift are the removal of crow's feet or other wrinkles, elimination of dark circles under the eyes, an eyebrow lift or a facelift or forehead lift. Non-surgical treatments that go well with an eyelid lift include Microdermabrasion, chemical peels and Botox.

DESCRIPTION OF TREATMENT

There are a few health history conditions in which patients must inform the plastic surgeon about before undergoing this procedure, such as thyroid problems, hypothyroidism and Graves' disease, dry eye or lack of sufficient tears, even a detached retina or glaucoma. The plastic surgeon will consult with each patient before a scheduled Blepharoplasty surgery so they may fully understand the patient's requests. During this consultation, the plastic surgeon will also detail the procedure, risks and benefits, as well as answer any questions. 

This conversation with the surgeon will give you a detailed understanding of the treatment, the extent of surgery and to clarify whether surgery will be performed on the upper or lower eyelids or both. There will be another consultation with the surgeon to evaluate the patient's face, vision and tear production.

Blepharoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis, and the patient is put under local anesthesia with an additional intravenous sedation. The surgery can be performed using traditional surgery techniques or laser surgery techniques on either the upper or lower lid, or on both lids. For a typical upper eyelid surgery, the eyelid is lifted by removing excess skin. During a lower eyelid surgery, both excess skin and fat tissue are removed to eliminate the puffy bags under the eyes.

Postoperatively there is very little discomfort associated with a Blepharoplasty. Downtime ranges from three days to one week, depending on the patient's work environment and general lifestyle. Antibiotic ointment for the eye region is typically prescribed, and protective dressings are applied to protect the eyes and promote healing. Most Blepharoplasty patients can return to work and normal activities within 10 days of their procedure. Stitches are removed after a few days, and any discomfort directly after the surgery can be lessened with medication prescribed by the plastic surgeon.

SIDE EFFECTS

Patients will typically feel a tightening sensation around the eyes, and soreness will be present for a few days after the surgery. Some bruising and swelling is to be expected, but this will gradually subside over the next few days. Additionally, there may be excess tears present after the surgery, and the eyes may itch or become easily irritated by dry air. This can be helped with eye-drops approved by the surgeon. Some degree of scarring can be expected following eyelid surgery, but most scars will fade over time. Although rare, possible complications include uneven eyes and scarring, turning down of the lower eyelid, blurred or double vision or an inability to close eyes because of swelling.

SAFETY

Like all surgeries, one can minimize the risk of infection, bleeding or excessive swelling by selecting a highly skilled surgeon and following all postoperative care instructions. The decision of choosing a plastic surgeon should be based on the extent of his or her experience, references and qualifications rather than the price.

AVERAGE COST

Blepharoplasty is relatively inexpensive compared to more invasive cosmetic surgery procedures. A typical eyelid surgery can cost around $4,000, but different types of eyelid surgeries, different plastic surgeons and the technique used can raise or lower the price.

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