How do I know if I need upper eyelid surgery?
If you’re growing older and you find that your eyes often look tired and defeated to the point where you’re personally dissatisfied with them, and especially if you’re having trouble opening your eyes all the way, there are two possibilities. One is that you do, in fact, need upper eyelid surgery. Another is that the skin of your eyebrows is sagging into the space of your upper eyelids. Your cosmetic surgeon will be able to tell you which is the case.
Are there any reasons why upper eyelid surgery might be a bad idea for me?
Some medical conditions make it inadvisable. These include blurry vision, dry eye, double vision, diabetes or thyroid problems. Your cosmetic surgeon will be able to tell you more.
Are there any potential complications from upper eyelid surgery?
Unfortunately, yes. If the surgery is performed improperly, then there is a small risk of asymmetrical appearance, hematoma, scarring, eye irritation, double vision. To minimize these risks, and the worse danger of damage to the eyes themselves, look for the most experienced surgeon you can find in your area.
Are there different procedures for the lower eyelid?
Yes, there are. A particularly effective one is the SOOF lift blepharoplasty, which lifts the small deposit of fat at the base of the eyelid back into position.
Charlotte’s most experienced facial plastic surgeon
The expert on eyelid surgery questions and answers in Charlotte NC is Dr. Sean Freeman. He developed the SOOF lift blepharoplasty as an alternative to the traditional procedure. He has been certified by two different surgery boards, the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Since 1988 he has done nothing but facial plastic surgery, including eyelid surgeries, and has often taught the SOOF lift to other surgeons. If you are interested in eyelid surgery, call his office or request an online consultation for a discount on the consultation fee.