Eyelift - Blepharoplasty
Dr. Shatkin performs Eyelift Surgery in Buffalo and Western New York. Eyelid surgery also known as blepharoplasty, is a corrective procedure that can reduce dark circles or “bags” under the eyes, remove excess skin and wrinkles, and provide a more youthful appearance to the eyes. One of the first things noticed about a person is their eyes. During the aging process, wrinkles, lines, and puffiness contribute to a tired or aged appearance. The blepharoplasty surgery is often performed in conjunction with other facial procedures such as a face lift or rhinoplasty (nose surgery).
"This is one of my favorite procedures to perform, it is a short operation, can be done under local anesthesia, and the sutures are removed in just a few days allowing the patient to return to normal, light activity and work quickly!"
-Dr. Samuel Shatkin Jr.
Reasons for Considering Eyelid Surgery:
Dark circles or bags under the eyes.
Excessive skin or wrinkles surrounding the eyelids.
A tired appearance or puffiness due to inherited factors.
The surgical procedure includes tiny incisions made in the natural contours around the eyes which should leave no visible scarring. The surgeon will usually work on the upper eyelids first to remove any fatty tissue and tighten loose skin. Lower eyelids are completed next to eliminate puffiness and reduce dark circles. In some instances, laser technology may be used to smooth lower eyelid areas. Newer techniques may include Botox injections to firm fine lines and wrinkles.
The surgery generally takes about one to three hours and is performed in the physician’s office. If additional cosmetic procedures are being performed, the eyelid surgery could last longer.
Upper eyelid incisions are hidden in the upper eyelid crease.
Lower eyelid incisions are placed just under the eyelashes to minimize appearance.
Normally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and reduce the recovery time. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery which can be treated with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize the risk for potential problems by carefully following the post-operative directions given after the surgery. The healing process for this procedure is slightly longer than most other forms of cosmetic surgery; however, the benefits are long-lasting. Patients will have a more rested and youthful appearance.