Eyelid Surgery in Cleveland, OH
Dr. Harmych is a eyelid surgery and blepharoplasty specialist in Cleveland, Ohio. Eyelid Surgery (blepharoplasty) safely and effectively removes excess eyelid skin and fat to open up the eyes and rejuvenate the area around the eyes.
What does Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) Treat?
- Sagging skin of the upper eyelids
- “Puffiness” of the upper eyelids
- Sagging skin of the lower eyelids
- “Puffiness” or “bags” of the lower eyelids
- Visual impairment caused by excess upper eyelid skin
The skin of the upper and lower eyelids may sag or droop as part of the aging process. Sagging and puffiness of the eyelids often affects the appearance of the entire face and can cause a person to appear tired or angry. Excess eyelid skin may even impair vision.
Who is a Candidate for Eyelid Surgery or Blepharoplasty?
Healthy men and women in good health whose upper or lower eyelids have begun to sag or develop puffy bags underneath the eyes may be excellent candidates for eyelid surgery. Those with sagging eyelids that impair vision may also be candidates for eyelid surgery. Patients with active eye problems such as dry eye syndrome or glaucoma may not be appropriate candidates for eyelid surgery.
How is Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) Performed?
Upper eyelid surgery is commonly performed with local anesthesia but may be performed under moderate sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the patient’s preference. The incision for upper eyelid surgery is hidden within the crease of the upper eyelid. Excess fatty tissue, muscle and skin are removed and the incision is closed with a single stitch hidden beneath the surface of the skin. Lower eyelid surgery may be performed through a small incision hidden behind the eyelid or within a skin crease on the external part of the eyelid. Excess skin that causes sagging and fat that causes under eye puffiness and bags are removed. The incisions from eyelid surgery are usually not noticeable when completely healed.
What is the Recovery like from Eyelid Surgery or Blepharoplasty?
Eyelid surgery is performed on an outpatient basis with most patients returning to the comfort of their own home several hours after surgery. In Dr. Harmych’s experience, eyelid surgery is not a very painful procedure. In some cases, prescription pain medicine may be taken for 2 or 3 days. Sutures are removed in 7 days and most patients feel comfortable returning to work and social activity at that time. Patients may experience blurred vision or dry eye symptoms that rarely persist beyond 2 or 3 weeks. Contact use is resumed within two weeks and glasses may be worn immediately.
Who is Qualified to Perform Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?
Board-certified facial plastic surgeons perform many eyelid surgery procedures and specialize in blepharoplasty. Dr. Harmych is a fellowship-trained and board-certified facial plastic surgeon and well-qualified to perform eyelid surgery and blepharoplasty. As a facial plastic surgery specialist, Dr. Harmych focuses his practice exclusively on plastic surgery of the face, eyes, nose and neck.
Before and After Eyelid Surgery Photos
The before and after photographs presented in the eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) before and after gallery depict actual patients of Cleveland, Ohio facial plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Harmych and have been used with written permission. Please note that our eyelid surgery before and after photos are provided in order to help you visualize the natural results that can be achieved at our practice. The before and after eyelid surgery photos are limited to patients who have agreed to allow their photos to be shared. Additional before and after eyelid surgery photographs are available in our Cleveland, Ohio office. You will have an opportunity to view additional pre- and post-operative photographs that may be shared only in our office during your personal consultation.