Eyelid Surgery Philadelphia
The face can display signs of aging in a variety of ways. However, the eyelid region is usually the first place to show these signs due to the delicate and thin nature of the skin that surrounds the eye. Typically, the signs of aging around the eyelid region include fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging of the upper and/or lower eyelids. These signs can drastically impact the appearance of the face by creating a tired, less vibrant look.
These concerns can be addressed with a blepharoplasty procedure, commonly known as eyelid surgery. Blepharoplasty can tighten loose, puffy skin in the eyelid area and remove fat for a rejuvenated facial appearance.
Eyelid Surgery Can:
- Tighten loose, wrinkled eyelids
- Remove fat deposits around the eye
- Rectify the appearance of under eye fullness or puffiness
- Lift the eyelid skin to correct vision impairment
- Restore a more rejuvenated facial appearance
Our Customized Approach
Dr. Scott D. Chapin will examine your facial appearance and listen to all of your aesthetic goals during your consultation. He will develop a customized plan that is tailored to your individual concerns. Achieving natural, rejuvenated results is Dr. Chapin’s chief priority with every procedure.
Generally, the three options for eyelid surgery are upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery or both. Generally, upper eyelid procedures can be performed using local anesthesia in the office setting. A light sedative may be prescribed for this as well. Typically lower eyelid procedures are performed in the operating room setting. It is not uncommon for patients to elect to have both procedures performed together. Both procedures are typically performed together as outpatient procedures in a surgical center setting. In some cases a brow lift is recommended in conjunction with upper eyelid surgery if the sagging tissue is due to a low brow. Each patient’s needs are unique and Dr. Chapin will customize the best approach to achieve optimal results.
Upper Eyelid Procedure
During an upper eyelid surgery Dr. Chapin creates an incision on the natural crease of each eyelid. Excess skin, fat and tissue are then removed to tighten and smooth the upper eyelid tissues. The incision is closed with sutures. Any scarring at the incision site will become almost invisible as the treated area heals.
Lower Eyelid Procedure
Lower eyelid surgery requires an incision either inside the lower eyelid or just underneath the lower eyelashes. Excess skin, fat and tissue are removed from the lower eyelid region. The incision is closed with sutures and surgical tape. In addition, a phenol peel or laser treatment may be added to the lower eyelid to improve the crepe appearance of the lower eyelid skin. Typically scars in this area are imperceptible once healed.
Day of Your Procedure
Your procedure will be performed with a local anesthetic at our Doylestown, Doylestown Hospital or Doylestown Surgery Center. On the day of your procedure, Dr. Chapin and his highly trained team will meet with you to review all details and answer any questions before surgery. Generally, eyelid surgery takes about two hours to perform. You will receive exceptional and comprehensive care following your procedure to ensure your comfort.
Eyelid Surgery Recovery
Your designated driver will be able to take you home shortly after the effects of anesthesia have worn off. Dr. Chapin will provide detailed home care instructions prior to your procedure. It is common to experience swelling, bruising and mild discomfort around the eyes post surgery. Generally, it requires seven to ten days to appear socially acceptable. Patients who undergo resurfacing of the skin may experience redness for six to ten weeks following the procedure, but this is easily concealed with make up within a week of the procedure. The procedure typically is not painful, but Dr. Chapin will prescribe pain medications to minimize any discomfort or pain. Most patients take one to two weeks off from work or their usual daily routine. It is crucial to wear dark sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun until the eyes are fully healed. Dr. Chapin will provide complete preoperative and postoperative care instructions. He will monitor and advise when patients can gradually resume their daily activities including exercise.
Contact Our Office
Dr. Chapin serves patients from Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery counties. To learn more about eyelid or to schedule a complimentary cosmetic consultation, contact our office today.