Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty or ptosis repair is a quick, outpatient surgery performed by board-certified plastic surgeon Adam J. Rubinstein, M.D., F.A.C.S. The procedure is completed in the comfort of Dr. Rubinstein’s Aventura, FL facilities, conveniently located for South Florida residents from Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and its surrounding areas.
What is Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty/Ptosis Repair)?
Eyelid surgery is used to permanently fix droopy upper eyelids and bags under the eye. Eyelid surgery includes two procedures that may be performed separately depending on your needs. Blepharoplasty generally involves the removal of drooping tissue. If performed on your upper eyelid, your upper eyelid and eyelashes become more visible. When performed under your eyes, blepharoplasty removes the heavy bags; revealing a tighter, more youthful skin. Ptosis repair is a secondary procedure that tightens the muscles under your upper eyelids. As the muscles are tightened, the once drooping lids are lifted; bringing out your sparkling eyes for all too clearly see.
Am I a Candidate for Blepharoplasty?
When droopy skin over or puffy skin under your eyes has been removed, your eyes look brighter and more full of life. If you feel your eyes are being hidden by excess tissue in your upper and lower eyelids, you may be a good candidate for blepharoplasty.
If you have glaucoma, high blood pressure, dry eyes, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or hypothyroidism, you may not be a good candidate for blepharoplasty. During your consultation, be sure to tell your doctor everything about your medical history, and bring any prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses with you.
What is the Procedure Like?
Eyelid surgery is a quick, outpatient procedure that generally takes less than two hours to complete. Dr. Rubinstein ensures your comfort during the procedure with choices of local anesthetics without sedation, local anesthetic with some sedation, or full general anesthesia. If you choose to stay awake during the surgery, you will not feel any pain aside from gentle tugging every now and then.
During the procedure, tiny incisions are made where the extra tissue is removed, and/or the muscles are tightened. The procedure is finished with tiny stitches. Once finished, you may return home to begin recovery.
What Can I Expect During Recovery?
For your safety, you will need someone to drive you home as eyelid surgery does cause some temporary vision impairment. It will take about two weeks for your eyes and the surrounding areas to fully recover. During this healing process, you may experience some pain and your eyes may feel sticky, itchy, or watery, or dry. Dr. Rubinstein may prescribe eye drops, ointment, and pain medicine to relieve these conditions while your body heals.
Your stitches are removed a week after surgery. When removed, you may experience some redness for another week or two. This redness goes away gradually. In the meantime, it can be covered up with makeup. You can expect to return to work two weeks after surgery.
Does Eyelid Surgery Cause Scarring?
Any surgery with incisions causes some scarring. Dr. Adam J. Rubinstein’s skillful hands minimize this risk during eyelid surgery with precise, minimally invasive cuts in areas strategically chosen to hide any scarring that may occur. Incisions are made in existing creases, wrinkles, or eyelid folds, which reduces the likelihood anyone will ever notice.
Is There Anything I Should Avoid After Surgery?
During the healing process, you will not be able to wear contact lenses or eye makeup. After all of the stitches have dissolved or have been removed, you will be able to wear eye makeup again – usually within a week after your surgery. Even after the stitches have been removed, the areas where the incisions were made may remain red for a few days thereafter. Since the incisions were made in the creases, on the lash line, or under the eyelid, the redness will not be visible to others.
How Much Does Eyelid Surgery Cost in Miami, FL?
The cost of eyelid surgery varies based on your specific needs. Dr. Rubinstein strives to make your desired outcomes affordable and attainable. Contact a member of our friendly staff to discuss our many financing
options. Other acceptable payments include cash, credit card, or personal check.
Put the twinkle back in your eyes with eyelid surgery. Contact Adam J. Rubinstein, M.D., F.A.C.S., to schedule your consultation at his Aventura, FL practice convenient to all Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and South Florida residents.