About Eyelid Surgery
Blepharoplasty is one of the most commonly performed eyelid surgeries. It addresses hanging, loose, or excess skin that surrounds the eyes that can make you appear much older than you are, or can obstruct the view of the world around you. Dr. Alison R. Tendler of ART Vision center is an ophthalmologist surgeon who is skilled in the performance of oculoplastic procedures to help you see and look better simultaneously. Blepharoplasty produces an awakened appearance and can even address medical conditions, such as blepharochalasis and dermatochalasis, which can cause sagging and/or bulging around the eyelids. Eyelid surgery is an ideal option for any man or woman who is suffering from a buildup of excess skin around the eyes, especially those whose functionality is affected by the condition. Read more about this procedure and then contact our Sioux Falls, SD facility to schedule your consultation with Dr. Tendler.
Best Candidates for Blepharoplasty
Blepharoplasty is performed on men and women who have excess folding of skin around the upper and/or lower eyelid, creating an aged appearance and possibly obstructing their vision. Eyelid surgery can also address under-eye bags and other functional issues that may prevent a patient from living their best life - not seeing in the mirror what they feel inside. Patients should be in overall good health, with conditions such as thyroid and diabetic diseases well managed. Surgery is best performed on those who are non-smokers as well as patients who are not on blood thinning medications (or who can safely stop them). ART Vision looks forward to helping patients begin their surgery planning with a consultation to discuss realistic goals and expectations with Dr. Tendler. She will also discuss other non-invasive and non-surgical aesthetic options that can either be performed at the same time as surgery or during a visit to ARTisan Skin and Laser Center to help maximize and improve upon your view of yourself.
Blepharoplasty Procedure Technique
Prior to your surgery, an ART Vision team member will discuss post-operative instructions and any restrictions. Dr. Tendler will carefully mark any excess skin to be removed, as indicated by your pre-surgical consultation plan that was created for you. Anesthesia will be administered. You will be awake, but comfortable and able to breath on your own throughout the procedure. During the surgery, Dr. Tendler will carefully remove bulging, folding, loose skin from around the eyes, using discreetly created incisions. Depending on your needs, the surgery may be performed on the top of the eyelid, the bottom eyelid, or both. Following surgery, ice compresses will be placed for approximately 20 minutes while you relax and recover in a recliner. Vision will be blurry when you leave, and most patients have little discomfort.
Patients should adhere to the provided aftercare instructions and attend each scheduled visit so that our team can monitor your recovery. You are encouraged to use cold compresses frequently for any discomfort and to decrease swelling and bruising, which can last for up to 10-14 days and differ for each patient. Most people have minimal discomfort but can experience blurry and fluctuating vision, foreign body sensation, and dryness. This gets better quickly. Depending upon your healing progress, you can plan to return to work or drive in a matter of days.. As long as everything is going as planned, there is typically only one required visit to ART Vision approximately 10 days after your surgery. Suture removal will be performed, if needed, and your healing evaluated. Patients often note an immediate improvement in their visual field, as well as results that help them feel more confident, while still looking natural.
If you are a man or woman in the Sioux Falls, SD area who is displeased with how the excess skin and tissue around your eyes looks or you feel you are suffering from impaired vision, we invite you to contact ART Vision to learn more about blepharoplasty options. Our skilled team, led by Dr. Alison Tendler, is experienced in a vast array of eyelid and other elective aesthetic procedures through ARTisan Skin and Laser Center that are designed to help you see well and feel confident. Contact us today to schedule a consultation so we can start you on your journey to See the World Better and See Yourself Better.