Bright, sparkling eyes with smooth, youthful lids can greatly enhance facial beauty. For this reason, eyelid surgery (or blepharoplasty) is a very popular plastic surgery procedure – with patients reporting excellent results and a high level of satisfaction. Some of these people have an eyelid lift in Charlotte to correct problems that result from aging, while others have inherited traits such as bulging under the eye that cause them to seek treatment as early as their 20s or 30s.
Depending upon the areas of concern, the surgical management of these patients may be different, so your choice of a surgeon is vitally important for the overall success of your blepharoplasty. Charlotte, NC facial plastic surgeon Dr. M. Sean Freeman has developed a revolutionary approach to the lower lid, a procedure that has been published and taught throughout the United States. He has also mastered the techniques for treatment of the upper lid.
Patients who choose Dr. Freeman at The Center for Facial Plastic and Laser Surgery are choosing a physician who has specialized in lasers and facial cosmetic surgery since 1988. At The Center for Facial Plastic and Laser Surgery our motto is “Only Faces, Only the Best Care.” To learn how Dr. Freeman delivers high quality care for his blepharoplasty patients, you can request your consultation online to receive $25 off your consultation fee or call his office at (704) 543-1110.
For some patients undergoing surgery to the eyelids, it is a good idea to schedule a consultation with an eye physician before the procedure to make sure there are no undiagnosed medical problems. This is especially true if there are any symptoms such as dry eye, double vision, increasing blurry vision, thyroid problems or diabetes. Dr. Freeman and his staff review these health concerns with patients before surgery.
For sinking around the bony orbit below the eye, Dr. Freeman prefers to use a “transconjunctival SOOF lift,” a revolutionary procedure he developed that has been published and taught throughout the United States. He uses this method of lower eyelid surgery for his patients in Charlotte, NC because it allows him to rejuvenate the lower lid without a noticeable incision and because it lifts the midface towards the lower lid helping to improve the hollow look that can accompany aging of the lower lid. Not only are the results using Dr. Freeman’s transconjunctival SOOF lift technique better than the old techniques using an external incision, but also there is a greatly reduced risk of altering the position of the lower lid.
There are, however, some patients who are better candidates for the external approach. When this approach is recommended, adjustments may be made to correct special problems such as muscle laxity. Dr. Freeman reviews which method is best for each patient during the initial consultation.
For his patients in Charlotte who choose upper eyelid surgery, Dr. Freeman recommends an incision that is hidden within the natural fold of the upper eyelid. It is through this incision that excess skin, muscle, and fat are removed. Because the incision follows the natural contour of the upper eyelid, it is well-hidden when healed.
For some people, mild swelling persists for several weeks after surgery, while others see swelling resolve in just 7 days. Bruising normally disappears in 7 to 10 days and patients may use makeup during the first week to hide discoloration. Any post operative concerns will be reviewed with you during your initial consultation.
If upper eyelid fullness is accompanied by depression of the eyebrows, then a brow lift should be considered. Smoothing of crow’s feet may also require a brow lift, a laser resurfacing procedure or BOTOX® Cosmetic. Charlotte, NC women and men with circles beneath the eyes caused by dark pigmentation may benefit from laser procedures.