The Blepharoplasty with Dr. Lamb
Dr. Lamb’s blepharoplasty is designed to reduce sagging tissue along the upper or lower eyelid, brightening and rejuvenating the eyes. In extreme cases, sagging eyelid tissue can even impair vision, drooping into the line of sight. Dr. Lamb’s eyelid surgery will remove the excess tissue that has occurred with age, improving both the appearance and vision. The lower eyelids generally have more laxity resulting in bags than excess skin. To optimize appearance, adjunctive procedures such as Botox and autologous fat grafting may be recommended. The results from Dr. Lamb’s eyelid lift are subtle, yet significant. His blepharoplasty can bring a more refreshed, relaxed, and healthy look; no one will know, but everyone will notice.
To get started, potential patients will schedule a blepharoplasty consultation with Dr. Lamb. At this time, he will review the medical history, current medications, and perform an examination of the eyelid tissue. Dr. Lamb will explain the blepharoplasty procedure, and discuss in detail how the surgery can help meet the patient’s aesthetic goals. If the eyelid lift is determined to be the right procedure for an individual patient, Dr. Lamb will create a personalized surgical plan.
Eyelid Surgery Statistics
The blepharoplasty consistently ranks in the top five cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the United States each year. The procedure can be tailored to the individual patient’s needs, and provides long-lasting results. Statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons convey how important eyelid surgery for many patients.
- In 2015, more than 203,000 eyelid lifts were performed
- The blepharoplasty ranks third in the top five most popular surgical cosmetic procedures
- Women make up more than 80% of all eyelid lift patients
- Male blepharoplasty patients are increasing, with 30,696 done last year
Dr. Lamb’s Eyelid Lift Procedure
The blepharoplasty will be performed as outpatient surgery at Centerpoint Ambulatory Surgical Center, using general anesthesia. Depending on the patient and the extent of correction, the surgery will take about an hour to perform.
The upper eyelid lift requires an incision along the naturally occurring crease where the upper eyelid makes its fold. A second incision is made above the lower and joined at the inside and outside corners, leaving about 8-9 mm of skin from lashes to the incision once closed, and about 15-16 mm of skin above from incision to eyebrow. This closely approximates what was present in your eyelids upon High School graduation. Once the incision is made, Dr. Lamb will remove excess skin and some underlying muscle tissue. Two fat pads exist in the upper eyelid. The inner one is trimmed to re-create a youthful concavity in the transition between the lateral nose and the inner upper eyelid. The lateral fat pad is not trimmed as aggressively to preserve a youthful fullness and not result in hollowing of the upper lid. The upper eyelid incision is then closed with a pullout suture, placed immediately below the skin’s edge.
The lower eyelid lift can involve various techniques, depending on the anatomy, specific problems, and desired correction. To improve puffiness with minimal skin laxity, a tiny incision is made on the inside of the eyelid, and Dr. Lamb will remove small amounts of fat from the three anatomic fat pads within the lower eyelid. Greater degrees of skin laxity may require the addition of a “pinch lift”, where a thin strip of skin is removed below the lash line to tighten the thin skin of the lower lid.
In some instances, recommendations will be made regarding concomitant fat grafting of the mid-face. This procedure has largely replaced mid-face lifts and reduced recovery over aggressive procedures which were peformed in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. A compartment and space approach has been popularized by Dr. Lamb and is the subject of a soon to be released medical textbook that Dr. Lamb has co-authored. In other cases, fat pads from the lower lids are moved into the groove over the inner bony rim of the orbit, known as the tear trough. This requires an additional set of steps within the procedure, where an attachment of the orbicularis oculi muscle to the inner lower orbital rim is separated, and a small pocket created to pass fat which would have been discarded. This results in a softening of the circles under the eye. This maneuver can increase swelling temporarily, but the swelling is usually less noticeable than the bags that were present before surgery.
Eyelid Lift Before and After Gallery
To get a better idea of Dr. Lamb’s exceptional eyelid lift results, surgical style, and your own potential results, visit the Healthy Looks’ blepharoplasty before and after gallery. Additional pictures are available from our patient coordinator, and these will also be available during your consultation appointment.
Recovering From a Blepharoplasty
After surgery, patients will note some swelling and discomfort, although pain is generally mild and is easily controlled by prescription medications. Swelling is normally light, although may result in the residual appearance of unwanted bags temporarily. Any residual bruising tends to be minimal and can be covered with make-up following suture removal. Sometimes, patients may experience excessive tearing or sensitivity to bright light or wind for a brief period after surgery. Patients with a history of dry eyes may find it necessary to use artificial tears and night time ointments for a few weeks to a few months following the surgery. It is not uncommon for blurry vision to be evident during the first two to four days as well, a result of swelling around the eye, although this should quickly improve.
Dr. Lamb will remove remaining sutures five to six days after the blepharoplasty, during a follow-up appointment. Typically, patients are up and around a day or two after surgery, although strenuous activity should be avoided for seven to ten days. Most patients feel they look well enough to return to work in 7 to 10 days.
Your Eyelid Lift in Kansas City
If you still have questions about the blepharoplasty procedure, or what kind of results you can expect from an eyelid lift, contact Dr. Lamb’s office at 816.795.5262. Our team of experienced aesthetic professionals will be happy to further explain the eyelid surgery techniques. We can also assist in scheduling a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Lamb. Healthy Looks is located in Independence; conveniently close to Lee’s Summit, Overland Park, and St. Joseph, Missouri.
What is a blepharoplasty?
An eyelid lift, also known as a blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to eliminate sagging skin along the upper or lower eyelid, as well as remove bulging fat pads. The technique can take years off the appearance, making the eyes look brighter and refreshed.
Am I a good candidate for the blepharoplasty?
Anyone in generally good health, who is looking to improve sagging upper eyelids or puffy under-eye bags may make an excellent blepharoplasty candidate.
Does Dr. Lamb’s blepharoplasty leave scars?
Dr. Lamb’s blepharoplasty incisions are small and meticulously placed, which keeps scarring well-concealed within the natural contours of the eyelid. Additionally, over time, these tiny scars will fade.
When can I return to work following my eyelid surgery?
On average, most patients are feeling well enough, and comfortable enough with their appearance, to return to work one to two weeks after their blepharoplasty.
What are the potential complications of eyelid surgery?
Dr. Lamb has been performing the blepharoplasty since the mid-80’s, providing safe and effective results. As with any surgical procedure, there is always a small chance, although rare, for complications to occur. These can include bleeding, scarring, ectropion, double vision, and on rare occasion, blindness.