Eyelid Surgery With Dr. Wayne Foster
The main focal point of visual contact is the eyes. When excess skin lays on the eyelashes or over the corners of the eye, they look tired and shady. Puffiness of the upper eyelid or bags and puffiness of the lower eyelids are often caused by hereditary fatty protrusions that can easily be removed to provide a more youthful and pleasing appearance. Dr. Wayne Foster performs eyelid surgery in Toms River and Manasquan serving Monmouth County, Ocean County and surrounding areas in NJ, as a solution to pesky undereye problems.
What Is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty, also know as eyelid surgery or an eyelid lift, is a surgical procedure that rejuvenates saggy, puffy eyes. This is done by removing excess fat and skin from the area of treatment, the upper or lower eyelids. This procedure is done to improve the patient’s appearance, as well as improving their vision. Blepharoplasty can also tighten the tissue and muscles surrounding the eyes. This procedure is often combined with facelift and brow lift surgery, as well as injectable fillers.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
Patients who are unhappy with the appearance of their baggy eyes, or patients looking to improve their peripheral vision make ideal candidates. Ideal candidates for blepharoplasty meet the following criteria:
- Don’t smoke
- Are in overall good health
- Do not have serious eye conditions
- Have healthy facial tissue
Patients with eyes disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes may not be good candidates for this procedure. It is also important to have realistic expectations of results before undergoing eyelid surgery.
How Do You Decide Whether You Need an Upper Eyelid Lift or a Brow Lift?
The very best way to determine which surgical procedure is ideal for your desired outcome is to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Foster is that, but he is also a facial specialist, making him particularly well-versed in facial anatomy and how to rejuvenate all aspects of the face. Before your consultation, you can test your facial tissue easily to help you determine which approach you may benefit from the most. To assess your eyelids as they relate to the eyebrows, begin by looking straight ahead into a mirror. Using your index fingers, raise your eyebrows up slightly. The natural position of the brows should be very close to the upper orbital rim. This is a ridge of bone that sits over the eye. If the tissue on the upper eyelids looks smoother and tighter when the eyebrows are elevated to that position, you may benefit from a brow lift. In most cases, we see the forehead age much more slowly than the eyelids. This is because brow position is influenced primary by the forehead muscles. The eyelids, on the other hand, are some of the most delicate tissue on the body so are more susceptible to age-related change. At our Toms River office, Dr. Foster carefully evaluates the eyes and the brows when determining candidacy for blepharoplasty.
Can I get Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery if I have had PRK or LASIK?
Yes. It is important to know that LASIK and PRK do not exclude you from having blepharoplasty. Conversely, you can have LASIK or PRK after blepharoplasty, as well. If you’ve already had ophthalmic surgery to correct vision and you want to undergo cosmetic eyelid surgery, you first need to ensure that your eyes healed fully. This usually takes no more than a few months. Secondly, if you’ve had LASIK or PRK, it is important to consult with an experienced facial plastic surgeon for your eyelid rejuvenation. When you inform your plastic surgeon of your previous eye surgery, they can develop a conservative surgical plan that will achieve optimal results without causing excessive dryness. Blepharoplasty and LASIK and PRK procedures all tend to cause temporary dry eye. This side effect is managed with special eye drops and should resolve as the eyes heal.
Can I Participate in the Decision-Making Process of Where the Incision is Placed?
During your consultation, the doctor will discuss the ideal locations for your blepharoplasty incisions. While you are an integral participant in the surgical process, your doctor chooses incision locations based on many years of study. The objective of the placement of blepharoplasty incisions is to reduce the chances of visible scars. For upper eyelid rejuvenation, curvilinear incisions are usually made with the lower edge along the natural crease. With this positioning, the minor scar that forms during recovery is hidden within the crease. Lower blepharoplasty, as well, involves incisions in the most discreet position. Most of our lower eyelid surgeries involve incisions just inside of the lower eyelid. This is referred to as a transconjunctival blepharoplasty, in which no external scarring occurs.
Is Eyelid Surgery Painful?
Eyelid surgery is virtually painless because the procedure is performed with either general or local anesthesia. Both forms of anesthesia inhibit signals between the body and pain receptors in the brain. After anesthesia is administered, the eyelids are without sensation for about one hour. After surgery, it is common for patients to experience sensations of soreness and tightness, which can be mildly uncomfortable. The eyes may also feel itchy and sensitive to light.
Blepharoplasty Before and After Pictures
Benefits of Blepharoplasty
Benefits of eyelid surgery include correcting the following issues:
- Sagging eyelid skin
- Fat deposits beneath the eyes
- Excess skin in the lower or upper eyelids
- Excess wrinkles surrounding the eyes
- Undereye bags
- Poor peripheral vision
If you find that you suffer from any of the following symptoms, you should contact Dr. Foster today. You may be a good candidate for blepharoplasty.
An upper blepharoplasty can rejuvenate puffy or tired-looking eyes with the removal of excess skin. The procedure treats loose and sagging skin on the upper eyelids that could cause problems with vision. A different concern in comparison to the lower eyelid surgery. The best candidates for this surgery have puffy eyelids that need to be removed for cosmetic or vision related reasons.
A lower blepharoplasty corrects sagging or drooping eyelids. The procedure treats fine wrinkles, under-eye bags, drooping lower eyelids, excess skin and circles under the eye. The best candidates for this surgery do not have any serious eye conditions, do not smoke, and have healthy facial tissue and muscle. In about 45 minutes to an hour, you can lose those puffy bags and sagging skin.
Watch Dr. Foster Prepare A Patient For Blepharoplasty
Eyelid Surgery Procedure
If your eyelids are extremely puffy, surgery may be justified for functional, as well as cosmetic reasons. It may be recommended that you see an optometrist or ophthalmologist who can document the presence or absence of visual field loss from overhanging eyelids. If this is the case, insurance may cover a portion of your surgery. Be sure to advise your plastic surgeon of any eye diseases or difficulties. It is important that patients have undergone a complete eye examination within the previous twelve months. Please request your eye doctor to forward the report to your plastic surgeon’s office.
The upper and lower eyelids are frequently done together. The upper or lower eyelid may be done alone or in conjunction with other procedures such as a facelift. Often, the lower eyelid fat can be removed without a visible incision. A basic technique, transconjunctival blepharoplasty, provides the approach from inside the eyelid to remove the fat. Any residual wrinkles are then removed with the laser or chemical peel or by excision of excessive skin. Using the laser to perform the surgery decreases the amount of swelling and bruising. The procedure can be performed under General Anesthesia and it can also be done in the office with Local Anesthesia.
Typically, patients are able to return to their normal daily living with the aid of makeup and sunglasses. Minor swelling, bruising and blurred vision are temporary and minimized by the use of the laser. Any external scars go through a period of swelling, becoming red or pink before becoming virtually imperceptible. This occurs as the scar matures, which takes longer with thicker skin.
Schedule a Consultation
Do you feel like excess eyelid skin is making you look tired? Concerned over decreased field of vision due to overhanging lids? Schedule your eyelid surgery consultation by calling (732) 914-2233 for our Toms River office or (732) 449-2099 for our Manasquan office. We serve Monmouth County, Ocean County, and surrounding areas in New Jersey.