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.
"I was very happy and well-pleased with the excellent job Dr. Tendler did on repairing my drooping eyelids. She is very caring and concerned about her patients. I enjoyed meeting her and am very happy with the work she did for me. Being able to see with wide open eyes, and no eyelashes blocking my vision is great. I didn't realize what a difference the surgery would make."- K.D. / Healthgrades / Apr 25, 2017
"Dr. Allison Tendler and the staff at Art Vision are THE BEST. Their approach to patient care is refreshing. They listen to me at every appointment. They discuss treatment options and are sincere in their concern for my eye health. Their facility is amazing. Everyone single member of the staff has taken the time to get to know me and greets me by name when I walk in. Dr. Tendler is an expert and has walked me through every step of the way. From someone who was scared to death of having anything done with my eyes to being given the gift of sight - Art Vision is a world class organization and we are lucky to have them here in Sioux Falls."- M.H. / Google / Feb 14, 2020
"Dr. Alison Tendler gave me the gift of sight back! Without her help I would be completely blind today. For many years my sight was deteriorating. I had tried new eyeglasses with different prescriptions but noting seemed to help with my vision issues. My optometrist Dr. Alan Jones referred me to Dr. Tendler. January of 2010 Dr. Tendler did a cornea cell transplant on my left eye. I was 55 at the time. I was scared what if it didn't work and I was blind in my left eye. Several days later I was at my business sitting in my office when I looked up and realized that I was able to see and read a sign that was across the road over 400 feet away. Dr. Tendler recommended that I do the surgery on my other eye and I agreed with her. Today my vision in both eyes is 20/20. Thank you Dr. Alison Tendler you gave me my eyesight back. I am forever grateful. I highly recommend Dr. Alison Tendler!"- L.J. / Office Visit / Mar 22, 2021
"8 months later I am thrilled by my refractive cataract surgery. I had both eyes done and within days of my surgeries being completed, I was amazed by how clearly I could see. By adding the refractive lenses, I am now able to read without the aid of glasses. As an avid golfer, I initially went in since I could not see the golf ball at a distance as it traveled and landed. I not only have my distance vision back, but my near vision as well. It has been an amazing opportunity to be able to see this well again."- J.H. / Office Visit / Mar 22, 2021
"I have been working with ArtVision for over 2 yrs. I have not found another doctor and team that cares as much about their patients as Dr. Tendler and her team does. They have helped my dry eyes more than I thought possible. Thank you Dr. Tendler and staff"- S.B. / Google / May 06, 2022
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.
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.