Improving the Signs of Aging
Many women and men seek eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) to restore the more rested, alert look that they had when they were younger. At his practice in South Florida, near Palm Beach Gardens, plastic surgeon Dr. Jason Cooper performs eyelid surgery to correct wrinkles, bags, and sagging skin that detract from the eye area. During his years of training and teaching in the Harvard plastic surgery program, Dr. Jason Cooper mastered techniques for creating attractive, natural looking results from this popular surgery.
Learn why women and men come to High Point Plastic Surgery in Jupiter, Florida for eyelid surgery from Dr. Cooper. Request a consultation online, or call our office at561-509-1606 to schedule an appointment.
“I do not think you can evaluate the eyelid alone; all aspects of the periorbital area are taken into consideration. I also evaluate the eyebrow and its relationship to the orbital rim as well the globe (eyeball).”
What Is Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery is a popular procedure for restoring a more open, alert, and rested appearance. Through small, well-concealed incisions, Dr. Cooper reduces bags and wrinkles above and below the eyes and eliminates excess skin that, in some cases, can even impair vision. Not all patients need both upper and lower eyelid surgery, but people considering the procedure are typically bothered by 1 or more of the following conditions:
- Excess or loose skin obscuring the natural fold of the upper eyelid and sometimes impairing vision
- Puffy upper or lower eyelids that contribute to a tired appearance
- Crepey, wrinkled lower eyelid skin
- Deep hollows beneath the eyes
Customizing Your Procedure
The nature and extent of your surgery is based on Dr. Cooper’s evaluation of the entire area around the eye, including the eyebrow, not just the eyelids themselves. As a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in facial rejuvenation procedures, Dr. Cooper tailors each operation to achieve overall facial harmony.
Dr. Cooper considers your unique facial structure, skin pigmentation, and the degree of excess muscle, fat, and skin when creating a surgical plan. Incisions are placed within natural skin folds whenever possible to conceal scars. Eyelid surgery, like all cosmetic surgery, involves not only surgical skill, but a sense of aesthetics to achieve results that meet and exceed the patient’s cosmetic goals. In some blepharoplasty procedures, for example, Dr. Cooper leaves more residual fat to provide a more youthful appearance, whereas others benefit from more aggressive fat removal or redistribution.
He may also recommend injecting fillers such as JUVÉDERM® or Restylane® into tear troughs to enhance the lower eyelids.
There is a reason Dr. Jason Cooper is regarded as one of South Florida’s premier plastic surgeons; the consistently beautiful results that only a specialist with his experience and training can get.
What to Expect from Eyelid Surgery?
Dr. Jason Cooper provides patients detailed pre- and postoperative instructions to help you prepare for surgery and heal as quickly and comfortably as possible. Although the recovery time varies from patient to patient, there are some general guidelines to keep in mind:
Day of surgery: You will be released into the care of a friend or loved one after a brief recovery period following surgery. You will be encouraged to rest with your head elevated, and to walk around for a few minutes every hour or so. Dr. Cooper will see you the day after surgery.
First week after surgery: Patients sometimes experience excessive tearing, sensitivity to light, and double vision after surgery. Incisions will appear puffy and red initially, but will diminish quickly until they are essentially unnoticeable. Patients usually report only mild discomfort and usually over-the-counter pain relief medication is adequate. Avoid aspirin and ibuprofen medications because they may increase bleeding. Cold compresses or ice packs can help reduce swelling.
First few weeks after surgery: Swelling and bruising similar to having 2 black eyes likely will last at least a week. Sleep with your head raised higher than your chest to help minimize swelling. Limit exercise to light activities such as walking and avoid moving your head as much as possible. Bending over and lifting objects heavy enough to force you to strain should be avoided for up to a month. Limit TV watching and computer time, and expect to be off work for 5 to 7 days.