Look (and See) Your Best with Eyelid Surgery
Gravity is often said to be the enemy of beauty, and the delicate area around the eyes is no exception. Whether through age, sun damage, or heredity, a drooping eyelid (ptosis) gives the overall facial appearance a tired, glum, or melancholy aspect that is usually difficult to correct with topical remedies. In the most extreme cases, eyelid ptosis can even impede upon the field of vision, causing functional impairments as well as aesthetic ones. Fortunately, eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, can reduce the appearance of ptosis by tightening the skin of both the upper and lower eyelids, reducing puffiness of the eyelids, and correcting unsightly bags or fatty deposits underneath the eye.
If your upper and/or lower eyelids are sagging, bagging, or impeding your vision, a consultation at Plastic Surgery of Tuscaloosa can help you decide if eyelid surgery is right for you. Our aesthetic surgical center is located in the North River area of Tuscaloosa, where we provide a refined, sophisticated, and discrete environment. Dr. Ross Bunch, MD is a Board Certified plastic surgeon who will take the time to listen carefully to your aesthetic needs and work closely with you to develop a treatment plan designed to achieve your desired goals while maintaining a commitment to your comfort and safety.
Blepharoplasty may be a good option for you if you’re concerned about:
- Drooping skin of the upper or lower eyelid
- A field of vision that is impaired by sagging eyelids
- Fatty deposits or puffiness around the eyelids and/or under the eyes
- Dark circles and bags under the eyes
- A lower eyelid that droops excessively, revealing the white of the eye
If sagging eyelid skin or under-eye bags and puffiness have become a concern, a consultation in our Tuscaloosa offices will help you decide if eyelid surgery is the right choice for you.
Types of Blepharoplasties and How They Work
While all eyelid surgeries are unique, most fall into three basic categories. These may be performed independently or in conjunction with each other, depending on your condition and aesthetic goals. Additionally, eyelid surgery is often accompanied by other cosmetic enhancements, such as a brow lift or face lift.
The skin of the upper eyelid can often droop with age, which can contribute to the appearance of a tired, worried, or elderly appearance. In some cases, the eyelids may sag to an extreme degree, causing a visual impairment that can impede the function of the eye. To correct this, an incision is made within the crease of the upper eyelid where it is concealed from view, the skin and muscle is then tightened and contoured, and excess skin is delicately trimmed away. The result is an alert and youthful appearance that allows for a full field of vision.
The lower eyelid can often develop a puffy appearance which may involve dark circles, or bags, under the eye. Under-eye bags can mar an otherwise clear complexion, leading to a blotchy, unhealthy appearance. In order to correct this, an incision is made along the lash line where it is difficult to detect. The fatty deposits and excess skin can then be tightened and removed, and the muscles re-contoured to provide a sleek, smooth, and youthful appearance.
In some cases, it may be appropriate to perform both a lower and upper eyelid lift simultaneously.
In some cases, the lower eyelids sag to the extent that they lose contact with the eyeball and must be corrected. With this condition, a transconjunctival technique is often recommended. During this type of surgery, an incision will be made on the inside of the lower eyelid, where it will be invisible to the outside world. The fat and muscle tissue can then be tightened and contoured to restore normal contact with the eyeball, improving both aesthetic appearance and the function of the lower lid.
“Where do I start. I must say Dr. Bunch is heaven sent. Not only am I extremely satisfied with my results, but him as a doctor he’s wonderful. It’s 10:11pm at night and I’m running a fever as I began to worry because I can’t get it to break I gave his office a call and guess who answered, Dr. Bunch not only did he reassured me that I was ok and told me what medicines to take, he told me to call him later on tonight if I don’t feel any better. It’s not often that you find doctors like this. He has been extremely nice since the first time I met him and the nurses at the hospital were very nice too. I can’t believe I waited this long. I must say if you’re looking for a great doctor look no more.” – CS 05/16
Contact Plastic Surgery of Tuscaloosa
At Plastic Surgery of Tuscaloosa in Tuscaloosa, AL, Dr. Ross Bunch and his professional, caring staff stand out among local surgical practices for their dedication to the most advanced cosmetic and reconstructive procedures in the industry. We are well-established in the community and have built a reputation for high-quality patient care and excellent customer service. Dr. Bunch is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive training and experience in microsurgery, facial and rhinoplasty surgeries, and endoscopic surgical techniques, and brings a specialized skill and artistry to every procedure he performs. Our mission is to restore form, function, and beauty to all aspects of your body so you look as gorgeous on the outside as you feel on the inside!
If you are interested in learning more about eyelid lift surgery and whether you may be a candidate for this form of facial rejuvenation, please contact our office at 205-349-0049. We look forward to speaking with you and to scheduling your consultation with Dr. Bunch!