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Miami Upper Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty, also known as upper eyelid surgery, is a plastic surgery procedure that involves the removal of excess skin and/or fat from the upper and/or lower eyelids. This plastic surgery can provide a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance to the eye area by improving drooping or sagging of the upper eyelids and puffiness and bags beneath the lower eyelids. This is a good procedure for anyone who has an excess of skin and/or fat pads of either the upper or lower eyelids.

Dr. Galitz performs Miami blepharoplasty in the office surgical suite at Aventura Plastic Surgery in Aventura, Florida. Local anesthesia, IV sedation, or general anesthesia may be used depending on the individual case. Surgical times will vary and may last anywhere from thirty minutes for less extensive cases to as much as two hours for more serious cases.

Blepharoplasty can be performed through either an external or transconjunctival approach. With the external approach, the incisions are located in the upper eyelid crease for upper blepharoplasty and below the lower lashes for lower blepharoplasty. Through these incisions, Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Galitz, will precisely remove excess skin of the upper and lower eyelids, as well as the fat pads if necessary. For the transconjunctival approach, the incisions are made inside of the lower eyelid and the fat pad only is addressed.

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The recovery after blepharoplasty lasts seven to ten days. During this time, the eyelids may feel tight or sore and medication can help to alleviate any discomfort. Swelling and bruising are common. Other temporary side effects may include dryness, itching, burning or tearing of the eyes, light sensitivity, and blurred or double vision. The stitches are removed after one week, at which time most patients are able to return to work. More strenuous activities and exercise can be resumed after approximately two weeks. As with any surgery, there are potential risks and complications and these may include eye injury, ectropion and poor eyelid closure. To minimize the potential for complications and to optimize your results, patients should seek a board-certified plastic surgeon who has extensive experience in the blepharoplasty procedure and its variations.

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