Blepharoplasty, commonly known as eyelid surgery, is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to rejuvenate the area around the eyelids and restore alert, youthful appearance to the eyes. The procedure involves a number of steps, which can slightly vary depending on the correction required in upper, lower, or both eyelids.
Dr. Bryson Richards is a board certified plastic surgeon providing eyelid surgery and various other surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Dr. Richards will discuss the procedure steps during the pre-op consultation and address any concerns and doubts of the patient in detail. He provides blepharoplasty to patients in Las Vegas, Bullhead City, Laughlin, Pahrump, Mesquite NV, and surrounding locations.
Although eyelid lift plastic surgery is generally performed using local anesthesia and IV sedation, sometimes general anesthesia may be chosen, depending on the extent of surgery or the patient’s anxiety levels. In either case, the patient will be unconscious and fully comfortable while the procedure is performed.
Depending on the circumstances, an anesthesiologist or a certified anesthetist nurse will remain present throughout the procedure to monitor the patient. The decision about general anesthesia will be taken only after careful evaluation of the patient’s health history and current medical condition.
Lower eyelid surgery will involve small incisions placed in discreet locations to keep the scarring less conspicuous. Natural skin creases underneath the lower eyelashes may be used to create tiny incisions that will heal well and remain hidden. Loose skin and excess fat will be removed through the incisions. Underlying muscles may also be tightened in some cases.
If hollows exist under the lower eyelids, dermal filler injections or fat transfer procedure may be used to create a more even look. Once the procedure is completed, the surgeon will close the incisions with fine sutures.
Upper eyelid surgery will involve the creation of tiny incisions in the natural upper lid creases. Through the incisions, the surgeon will excise loose skin to correct the droopy upper lid appearance. This will also improve any partial vision obstruction. In some patients, the underlying weak muscles may also be tightened.
As the loose skin is trimmed away, the remainder skin will be lifted and reattached for a smoother, tighter upper lid appearance. The incisions will be closed with sutures following the procedure. Experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Richards receives patients from Las Vegas, Bullhead City, Laughlin, Pahrump, Mesquite NV, and nearby areas for blepharoplasty.
If the only problem is with the excess fat tissue around the eyelids, but the eyelid skin is reasonably elastic and smooth, a transconjunctival eyelid surgery may be performed. This is a less invasive surgery, which is more appropriate for patients who do not have very prominent under eye bags.
In this procedure, the surgeon will place multiple tiny incisions inside the lower eyelid after administering anesthesia. Excess fat tissue will be removed or redistributed through the incisions. No skin removal or muscle tightening will be performed in this procedure. This technique does not create visible scarring because the incisions are placed inside the eyelid.
If you would like more information on cosmetic surgery procedures and treatments performed by Las Vegas, Nevada plastic surgeon, Dr. Bryson Richards please contact us at 702.870.7070
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