Blepharoplasty is a facial plastic surgery procedure that has been gaining momentum over the past few years, largely in part because it provides men and women in Washington, DC with subtle changes that give them a refreshed, younger-looking appearance. Sometimes Dr. Porter sees patients who are curious about whether or not blepharoplasty will change the shape of their eyes as well. To learn more about this topic, keep reading.
What is Blepharoplasty?
According to the, blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a surgical procedure that improves the appearance of the eyelids. Blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure that removes excess skin and fat and tightens muscles in the eyelids if needed. At Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Porter can perform this procedure on the upper lids, lower lids, or both eyelids.
How is a Blepharoplasty Performed?
To perform a blepharoplasty of the upper eyelid, Dr. Porter will create an incision within the natural crease of the eyelid. This way she is able to hide the small scar that will be left behind. The excess skin that is above the crease is excised. The amount to be excised is determined just prior to entering the operating room so Dr. Porter can see what it will look like while you are sitting up. Any excess fat is removed as well prior to careful closure of the skin edges.
For patients who need to have a blepharoplasty of the lower eyelids, Dr. Porter will make an incision just below the lower lash line or insdie the lower eyelid. Just like she proceeds with an upper blepharoplasty, Dr. Porter will also remove a small amount of excess skin. Lower eyelid surgery focuses more on the excess fat which can be excised or redistributed.
Common Reasons to Choose Blepharoplasty
Dr. Porter can perform a blepharoplasty for many reasons, whether those reasons are functional or cosmetic in nature. Many men and women in Washington, DC choose to have blepharoplasty because excessive hooding of the upper eyelid causes obstruction to their vision. Beyond being frustrating or annoying, this hooding can be dangerous as patients aren’t able to see their entire surroundings well.
Other Washington, DC residents choose to have blepharoplasty for cosmetic reasons. After years of sun exposure, genetics, or the simple result of aging, many men and women are left with sagging and wrinkling of the skin around the eyelids. By having Dr. Porter perform blepharoplasty, patients gain a more refreshed, youthful appearance.
Will Blepharoplasty Change The Shape of My Eyes?
Bleparoplasty is not designed to change the shape of the eye. Ideally your eye shape should look the same before and after the surgery. In some instances where the lower eyelid is drooping, the lower eyelid can be restored to a more normal positoin. During your consultation Dr. Porter will examine you and point out any concerns that could lead to a change in eye shape that would need to be addressed.
This way she can create the right treatment plan for you.
Visit Dr. Porter at Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery to Learn More!
With more than 20 years of experience and over 15,000 surgical procedures performed, Dr. Porter can give you the look you want by performing a blepharoplasty.
Call her office in Washington, DC at (301) 652-8191 today to schedule your first appointment.