Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) in Wilmington and Dover, DE
Located in Elkton, MD and Dover, DE, and serving the residents of Maryland, and Wilmington and Newark, Delaware, Replenish Cosmetic Surgery Institute performs eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) for those who desire plastic surgery.
As people begin to age, they notice that muscles weaken, skin stretches, and fat accumulates around the eyes, causing the appearance of fatigue and heavy stress. Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is one of the most popular facial surgeries, helping more than 200,000 people each year to regain a younger, firmer-looking eye area. This procedure can be performed on either the lower or upper eyelids, but many patients prefer to have surgery on both for a more balanced correction. Eyelid surgery is frequently combined with other facial procedures in order to achieve a more vibrant and youthful appearance.
After more than 20 years of careful study of facial structures, Dr. Martini works from the simple idea – often times little procedures produce the biggest improvements. Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is one of these little procedures which vastly improves the way you look and most importantly, the way you feel about yourself. Dr. Martini combines his expertise and training with an artistic technique which is specially designed for your unique features to give you the most youthful restoration possible when it comes to perhaps the most important area of your face, your eyes. “Think of it as a 3-dimensional sculpting for a youthful look, not a tight or hollow look,” explains Dr. Martini. His technique and training brings patients from all over the area, and his talents are often sought out by patients requiring revision of previous work done elsewhere. Under his seasoned direction, the Replenish Cosmetic Surgery Institute prides itself on performing cosmetic surgery the right way, the first time, for every single patient.
Dr. Martini’s approach to all facial surgery is holistic in nature, and during consultation, he will be able to assess your needs on an individual basis to fit with your goals. He may suggest additional procedures to enhance the outcome of eyelid surgery so you get the results you desire. Based on a patient’s anatomy and desired outcomes, Dr. Martini may even suggest another procedure altogether after careful study of your facial type and expectations.
Eyelid Surgery Procedure
Another common technique used to treat pockets of fat in the lower eyelids is called transconjunctival blepharoplasty. With this technique, a small incision is made inside the lower eyelid and fat is removed. This procedure is usually utilized on patients without excess skin, focusing on only removing fat from the lower eyelid. During your consultation, we will select the technique which is right for you and tailor it specially to fit your needs.
Eyelid Surgery Preparation and Consultation
There are a few things you can keep in mind in order to reduce scarring, shorten your recovery time, and decrease your chances of complications. Discontinue using aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, Saint John’s Wort, and Vitamin E for one week before and a few days after your procedure. These act as blood thinners and can cause problems with clotting. Stop smoking and drinking alcohol in excess well in advance of your eyelid surgery and for one week following surgery. To help you recover more quickly, be sure you are well-hydrated and drinking plenty of water.
To keep your recovery as easy and comfortable as possible, be sure to follow these guidelines:
- Arrange for someone to take you home and take care of you for at least the first 24 hours.
- Fill your prescriptions prior to surgery.
- Place prescriptions within easy reach of where you will be resting.
- Keep handy plenty of pillows or a bed wedge in a nearby location so that you can keep your head elevated.
Eyelid Surgery Recovery
The recovery process is different for each patient, but within a day of your eyelid surgery you should be up and walking around. Keep your head elevated for two weeks following surgery. You may also apply small ice packs within the first 24 hours to help reduce swelling and discomfort. For the first day or so you may notice some tearing of the eyes, light sensitivity, and blurred vision. You should clean your eyes carefully for the first two weeks and keep your sutures clear of blood and crust. Eye drops may be used if your eyes feel unusually dry. You should be able to perform normal visual tasks like watching TV soon after surgery, but you should avoid wearing contacts until you are directed. For the first week, you should plan on being out of work and away from your usual activities. Following this period, you may gradually return to activities such as exercise, lifting, and sex. Avoid high impact activities for about one month and be sure to stay away from saunas, as the steam can affect healing. Though the appearance of bruising will fade gradually, you may notice some remaining bruises for as long as a month after surgery. Special camouflage makeup can be used as a concealer.
These precautions will help you avoid stress to your scars and allow time for your facial tissues to heal and recover. Because the incisions used during surgery are small and hidden within the creases of the eyelids, any scarring is usually minimal or unnoticeable. The appearance of your eye area should markedly improve over a period of several months. Should you decide to move forward with your procedure, a date for your eyelid surgery will be scheduled. Prior to surgery, you will be given complete preparation and recovery instructions. Remember to keep up with your follow-up visits, as we are here to help make this a positive, life-changing experience for you.