Laughlin Plastic Surgery
Plastic Surgeons located in Annapolis, MD
If you’re troubled by changes in the skin around your eyes, eyelid surgery can help restore a more youthful and well-rested appearance. Daniel Laughlin, MD, at Laughlin Plastic Surgery in Annapolis, Maryland, has helped many men and women restore optimal eyelid contouring through eyelid surgery. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Laughlin online or by phone today to discuss if this procedure might be right for you.
Eyelid Surgery Q & A
What is eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure that alters the skin surrounding your eyes. Often combined with other procedures like a brow lift or face-lift, eyelid surgery can make a big difference in your appearance.
For many men and women, changes in the skin around the eyes is a cosmetic concern. Eyelid surgery can provide a more youthful look and help reverse the signs of aging. In other cases, dropping or sagging eyelids get in the way of your vision. When your vision is negatively affected, eyelid surgery is often covered by health insurance.
What issues can eyelid surgery correct?
Blepharoplasty can correct numerous issues with the skin surrounding your eyes, including:
- Dark bags under your eyes
- Drooping lower eyelids
- Puffy fat deposits in your eyelids
- Loose or sagging skin in your upper eyelids
- Extra skin or wrinkling in the area beneath your lower eyelids
Some men and women only need surgery on their upper eyelids, while others have both their upper and lower lids treated during the same surgical procedure.
What happens during eyelid surgery?
Your surgery may be performed with general anesthesia or intravenous (IV) sedation. Both options help you rest during your procedure.
Once you’re resting comfortably, Dr. Laughlin creates an incision along the natural crease of your upper eyelid. That allows him to access the underlying tissue to remove any excess fat, muscle, or skin. Once he’s happy with the contouring, he closes the incision.
For the lower lids, Dr. Laughlin makes an incision just beneath your natural lash line, in the area where you have a natural crease that will hide the incision line. It’s also possible to place the incision on the inside of your lower eyelid, although this approach does not permit the removal of excess skin.
Eyelid incisions are carefully closed with a series of tiny stitches or a special medical adhesive. Great care is taken to place incision lines in an area where they won’t be visible once your body heals.
In the days following your surgery a degree of swelling and bruising is common. You might also experience dry eyes, irritation, or itching as your body heals. Pain medication is provided to manage any discomfort.
If you’d like to learn more about eyelid surgery and how it might help you reach your aesthetic goals, schedule a visit with Dr. Laughlin online or by phone today.