Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) in Tampa, FL
Are you a Tampa patient who is considering eyelid surgery? Blepharoplasty, or an eyelid lift can work wonders on your appearance. The eyes are one of the most expressive parts of the face, and communicate your mood and temperament to others without you even realizing it. As we age, the eyelids can droop or sag, making you look older, or less rested than before. Eyelid surgery can address this, making you look happier and more refreshed.
The eyes, eyelids, and the periocular region in general are the first areas of the face to show signs of aging. It is no surprise then that eyelid lift surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries performed in the United States. The demographic of patients seeking eyelid lift surgery has changed as well; many more male patients are seeking eyelid lift and upper facial rejuvenation, with patients, male and female, seeking treatment at a younger and younger age.
Dr. Traci M. Temmen specializes in eyelid lift, brow lift, Botox, fillers, and fat injections to the periocular region at her Tampa plastic surgery office. Her delicate touch and minimally invasive techniques ensures that each patient achieves a superior, natural result with a fast recovery and minimal down time.
Eyelid Surgery Procedure Details
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An eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure that corrects excess, sagging upper lid skin and fat as well as excess, crepey paper-like, lower lid skin and lower lid bags. The removal of this excess skin leaves the patient looking happier and more rested.
Many people, as a result of either aging or genetics, have heavy, sagging upper eyelid skin and bulging fat. This change in the upper eyelid can give the appearance of premature aging, and when severe, the upper eyelid can even obstruct vision. During an upper eyelid lift, a small incision is made in the upper eyelid crease and a small ellipse of skin is excised. Through this same incision, small amounts of fat in the inner corner of the eye can be removed, providing for a smooth, sharp upper eyelid crease. For those with small amounts of eyebrow descent, a mini-brow lift, or brow-pexy can also be performed through the eyelid lift incision. This combination of skin excision, fat removal, and brow lifting results in the appearance of a larger eye with a more youthful and refreshed appearance.
For those patients with crepey, excess lower lid skin, dark circles, and bags under the eye, a lower eyelid lift, or lower blepharoplasty, may be in order. During a lower lid eyelid lift, a small incision is made right under the lower lash line and excess skin is removed and tightened. Through this same incision, excess fat in the lower lid can be removed or draped into under eye hollows to act as an auto- fat graft. The soft tissues of the lower eyelid and upper cheek are then elevated and secured into a higher, smoother position. Following a lower eyelid lift, patients notice a smoother, tighter lower lid and upper cheek as well as improvement of lower eyelid bags and discoloration.
Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) Scars
The scar for both an upper and lower eyelid lift or blepharoplasty surgery is virtually invisible after a few months. The scar for an upper eyelid lift is placed in the natural upper eyelid crease while the scar for a lower eyelid lift is placed right under the lower eyelid lashes. Both scars generally heal very well and become difficult to detect, even by patients and their plastic surgeon a few short months later.
During consultation for an eyelid lift surgery, Dr. Temmen describes the procedure in detail and gives a precise description of the expected scar quality and location.
Most patients recover very quickly from an eyelid lift or blepharoplasty surgery. The surgery itself is performed in an outpatient surgical facility with the patient going home the same day. Depending on the complexity of the operation, and whether an upper eyelid lift, lower eye lid lift, or both surgeries are performed, the operation can be performed under local anesthesia, conscious sedation, or general anesthesia and takes one to three hours to complete.
The recovery following eyelid lift or blepharoplasty surgery is generally uneventful. Patients are given oral pain medications and may be given antibiotic and anti-nausea medications as well. Most patients experience a few days of bruising and swelling the decreases rapidly over a period of days to weeks. Those undergoing an eyelid lift surgery are generally able to drive and return to work within a few days to a week, and any residual bruising can be covered with makeup.
Dr. Traci Temmen and her staff at the Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa take great pride in educating and preparing each patient for eyelid lift and blepharoplasty surgery. Dr. Temmen sees all her patients within a day or two of the procedure in order to reassure and closely monitor the recovery process.
Eyelid Surgery Cost
After deciding on the specific eyelid surgery procedure and plastic surgeon, most patients are naturally interested in the price of eyelid lid and blepharoplasty surgery. The price of eyelid surgery varies greatly depending on the region of the country, type of anesthesia, complexity of the operation, and number of procedures performed. In the Tampa Bay region of Florida, a simple upper eyelid lift or blepharoplasty procedure performed under local anesthesia may cost as little as $3,900.
While eyelid lift surgery can be a relatively quick and easy operation, it is best to choose a plastic surgeon that has the required training and experience to provide safe, effective, natural, and long-lasting results. Choose a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery who operates in a facility accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). Dr. Traci Temmen is a female, board-certified plastic surgeon that operates only in AAAASF approved facilities.
Blepharoplasty Risks and Problems
Fortunately, the most common complications following an eyelid lift surgery are easily managed in the office and self-limiting. The most common side effect of blepharoplasty surgery is bruising and swelling that can last for weeks; because the eyelid skin and tissues are very delicate, it may actually take several weeks for all swelling to fully resolve. Bruising and swelling can be managed with elevating the head while sleeping and relaxing, ice packs, controlling blood pressure, and avoidance of blood thinning products pre- and postoperatively.
Another less common complications of eyelid lift surgery is irritation and swelling of the conjunctival lining of the eye (i.e. chemosis). This can often be reduced with meticulous and delicate surgical technique and symptoms can be lessened with eye drops, lubricants, and protective covering postoperatively.
Additional risks of eyelid and blepharoplasty surgery, which are far less common, are postoperative malposition of the lower eyelid, removal of too little or too much skin requiring reoperation, noticeable scarring, bleeding, and infection.
Dr. Traci Temmen is a gentle and conscientious plastic surgeon well trained in preventing, diagnosing, and effectively treating the side effects of eyelid lift surgery.
Eyelid Lift Before and After Photos
Dr. Traci Temmen and her staff are proud to showcase their previous patients’ eyelid lift and blepharoplasty surgery before and after photographs on the website. In addition to those on the website, additional before and after eyelid surgery photographs are available for viewing and discussion during each patient consultation.
For more information on Dr. Traci Temmen, eyelid lift, blepharoplasty, facial fat grafting, and brow lift or forehead lift, please contact her practice at (813) 771-6393.