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Eyelid Surgery with Dr. Jason Cooper in Palm Beach
Nothing promotes a youthful appearance like bright, alert eyes. The eyes are what people focus on when they talk to you or when you first meet. They are truly the windows to your inner self, and when they look great, you are also assessed in a positive light. But when the effects of age creep in with wrinkles, undereye circles, or sagging upper eyelids, you may look tired and worn. Eye rejuvenation through blepharoplasty, better known as eyelid surgery, can work wonders for your facial appearance and positively impact how others see you.
Benefits of Eyelid Surgery
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, helps women and men in South Florida improve their facial appearances by making them look well-rested and alert. This facial rejuvenation around the eyes restores youthful skin textures while eliminating age-related drooping lids and circles under the eyes. Benefits also include:
- An energetic appearance
- Lift drooping eyelids
- Reduce puffiness under the eyes
- Reduce or eliminate fine lines and wrinkles
Dr. Cooper performs blepharoplasty on both the upper or lower eyelids, concurrently or each as a standalone procedure. These options depend on each patient’s cosmetic concerns and goals. Results are realized within a few weeks after surgery and are long-term. Patients often tell us they see their results continue to improve for months, even up to a year, after their surgery.
We encourage you to make a consultation with Dr. Cooper to discuss your specific goals. He may recommend upper eyelid surgery, lower, or both. He may also recommend combining your eyelid surgery with other procedures like a facelift or non-surgical corrections like Botox or Dermal Fillers to achieve the best results possible.
The best candidates for eyelid surgery include patients who struggle with undereye circles, wrinkles on the eyelids, or a tired and worn-out appearance. Ideal candidates have a realistic expectation of what blepharoplasty can and cannot do for them, are in good health, don’t smoke, and have no underlying major eye conditions.
Dr. Cooper employs a customized approach to eyelid surgery, treating his patients according to their cosmetic issues and personal goals. He uses this method on all his cosmetic treatments, both surgical and non-surgical.
The Eyelift Procedure
Dr. Cooper performs blepharoplasty under IV sedation. After sedation, he creates incisions in the natural lines above the upper lid or the lower lid at the lash line. Next, Dr. Cooper meticulously removes muscle, skin, and sometimes fat. Then he reshapes the eye contour to a natural, youthful appeal. Lastly, he closes with fine sutures to reduce any risk of scarring.
Eyelid Lift Recovery
Patients may have some bruising and inflammation in the eye area. They may also experience dry eye, itching, and some minor discomfort. Cold compresses, lubricating ointments, and pain medication can help relieve these side-effects. In some cases, the patient must wear gauze over the eyes after the operation, but this does not last long.
Although each patient is unique in how they heal, most take 3-5 days off from work after their procedure. We recommend refraining from vigorous exercise for three to four weeks.
Dr. Cooper will provide after-surgery instructions on how to properly care for your eyes during your healing. He will also schedule follow up appointments to monitor your recovery.
As bruising and swelling subside, patients should see a more defined, smoother area around each eye. They should look younger and more alert, as well. We recommend stocking up on medical-grade sunscreen to protect your results from harmful UV rays.
Eyelid Surgery FAQs
Eyelid surgery is a highly tolerable procedure when performed by a qualified plastic surgeon. It’s rare for patients to take pain medications after the first days of recovery. Significant discomfort is unusual, which is why many patients choose to combine this procedure with others to double down on the recovery period.
The thinner the skin, the better the scar – this is a general rule in surgery. Eyelid skin is the most delicate on the entire body, and it makes for the least visible scars. Concerning the lower eyelid, there is the option to remove prominent fat from the eyelid through the eyelash line, which does not leave a visible scar.
To learn more about eyelid surgery, request a consultation with Dr. Jason Cooper at one of his convenient locations in Jupiter or Palm Beach.
Eyelid surgery address excess upper eyelid skin, prominent or bulging fat in the upper and lower eyelid, lower eyelid fat bags, transition from the lower eyelid to the cheek, position of the lateral eyelid commissure relative to the inner eyelid commissure, and eyelid aperture opening.
The incisions are different depending upon whether the upper or lower eyelid is being addressed. For upper lid surgery, the incision will be within the upper eyelid crease. This incision is very well concealed and typically not visible when the eyes are open. The lower eyelid incision is placed immediately below the lash line.
A relaxed environment. We perform multiple eyelid surgeries per week. Often, eyelid surgery is combined with facial rejuvenation surgery, although it can be performed alone. Eyelid surgery is conducted under sedation, so there is no awareness whatsoever during the procedure. Surgical time ranges from an hour to an hour and a half if all four lids are part of the surgical plan. There is minimal discomfort after eyelid surgery. Patients recover in our facility for 45-60 minutes after the procedure and are discharged home.
Upper eyelid surgical recovery includes minor swelling 2-3 days post-operation. Sutures are removed at 6 days following surgery, and patients can return to most activities at 2 weeks after surgery. Lower eyelid surgery may require slightly more downtime, as minor bruising and swelling should be anticipated for 10-14 days. Sutures are removed from the lower eyelids at 6 days post-operation.
You will need to consult with Dr. Cooper so he can advise you on whether your historical scar history will have an impact on eyelid surgical healing. Adverse surgical healing can be related to numerous factors that may or may not have any bearing on eyelid healing and scarring.
Of course, the purpose of good surgical planning and execution is to perform an operation that restores your natural appearance and beauty. I prefer that someone ask if you lost weight after eyelid surgery because no one should be aware you had surgery on your eyes. You should look better.
Typically, it’s not a good idea to operate on one eyelid unless a revision of prior surgery is being performed.
Nothing is permanent, but lower eyelid surgery has the distinction of being one of the few operations that you almost never do twice. Sometimes after many years, patients may require a small amount of excess skin (not fat) to be removed from the lateral part of the upper eyelid. The removal of this skin will usually help decrease hooding.
The procedure is performed with local anesthesia and IV sedation. You are not awake, and there is no awareness during the surgery.
The conventional technique involves cutting out skin and fat. The laser technique involves ablating or heating the skin and dermis with the hope of getting the skin to contract. Usually, the laser technique is performed on the lower eyelids.
The laser avoids a surgical scar. Recovery can be shorted or longer with the laser, depending upon how deep the laser penetrates the skin and how much density is used to treat the skin.
The laser can result in pigmentation changes, prolonged redness, and less predictable skin contracture.
The area will be swollen for a few days, but you will experience minimal to no pain. You should be able to easily read, respond to text messages, and do computer work after 48 hours.
1 hour or 1.5 hours
No. I use IV sedation, so you will need a friend or family member to drive you back home.
9-15% of patients experience increased dry eye after lower eyelid surgery. I rarely ever have patients experience dry eye after upper lid surgery <3%. We have a very clear process to prevent dry eye after eyelid surgery.
To improve your appearance by removing skin and fat from either the upper or lower lids or both.
95% OR GREATER.
No, crow’s feet are the result of smiling, which involves upper lip elevation and squinting. Your crow’s feet may be softened, but they will not be removed and should not be expected to be removed with this surgery. Droopy eyebrows can be the result of many different things. The eyebrow will not move up without a brow lift, which is a different operation than blepharoplasty surgery. Lastly, dark circles are likely to remain after eyelid surgery. Dark circles can be the result of genetic skin pigmentation, shadowing, thin skin with vein visibility, or facial soft tissue descent. Therefore, dark circles may be improved, but they are much more likely to remain to some degree.
The bags can be removed by carefully removing fat in these areas.
The brow position and upper eyelid position will be assessed at the time of your consult.
Typically, the soft tissue around the eye tends to droop, leading to the appearance of fat bags in the lower eyelid area. The upper eyelid skin can also to droop, leading to lateral hooding.
Candidates for this procedure are patients who dislike excess upper or lower eyelid skin, along with those experiencing bulging fat in either the upper or lower lid.
Yes, I just need to review your dry eye history.
I have operated on lower eyelids in patients as young as 21 and as old as 95.
Yes, although they are very minimal and well concealed by design.
Dry eye can be a side effect of lower eyelid surgery, along with scarring and bleeding.
Not for 1 week after surgery
This is at the discretion of the doctor. I prefer to wait a few months to allow for scar remodeling and skin settling before considering. Having a good doctor-patient relationship is important. Most minor procedures can be performed under local anesthesia.
If you would like to move forward, your next step is to call our office or schedule a consultation from our website.
It means you understand the procedure you are planning. You know the risks of the operation as well as the benefits. Each patient needs to be informed after their individual risks and benefits, which is why a consult with the doctor is critical.
We provide a document as part of our pre-op process regarding food and drinking guidelines.
Yes, you will need pain medication for 24-48 hours (although you may not take it), antibiotics for 3-5 days, eye drops, and eye ointment.