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Eyelid Lift - Blepharoplasty

After your  blepharoplasty your friends may say that you look more rested.

The eyes usually suffer one of the first signs of aging and this may guide the patient to Dr. Gene Moor.  A blepharoplasty removes excess fat (baggy eyes) and the excess skin of the eyelids and also tightens loose skin.  Most times the procedure is done on an outpatient basis. The goal is to have smoothly contoured, firm eyelids with a youthful look. Younger patients may have a genetic predisposition to bulging fat pads around the eyes or are predisposed to excess skin of the upper eye lid. Around age 30, “bags” may become noticeable under the eyes and are removed. Dr. Moor has 60% women and 40% men patients who chose this procedure.

Blepharoplasty or eyelid lift, is one of the most common procedures performed by Dr. Gene Moor at ALABAMA PLASTIC SURGERY in Mountain Brook, Alabama.  His patients range in age from the twenties to advanced age. The blepharoplasty is often done years before a facelift is desired.

As one ages, this excess upper lid skin may interfere with the visual fields.  The tissues around the eyelids become relaxed and this leads to heavy skin folds of the upper lids, as well as sagging of the lower lids and a formation of fat pockets in the baggy eyelids. A blepharoplasty does not get rid of the small fine lines of the eyelid. The ‘crow’s feet’ type wrinkles remain unaffected by an eyelid lift. Botox is the answer to the fine wrinkles.

Recurrent bouts of edema with swelling, premenstrual periods with fluid retention, hormonal imbalance with fluid retention and allergic swelling of the eyelids can also over time contribute to the eyelid abnormalities.

Patients come to Dr. Eugene Moor at ALABAMA PLASTIC SURGERY complaining of too much skin, wrinkles, puffy, baggy eyes or a ‘tired look’.  These are indications for a ‘Bleph’ surgery.  The Blepharoplasty may be performed together with other procedures, for example with a facelift, and the blepharoplasty may be done under local or general anesthesia.  Dr. Moor skillfully places incisions along the natural creases of the upper and lower eyelids.  The excess fat and skin are removed and the incisions are very carefully sutured.

Most times the procedure is done on an outpatient basis.  Postoperatively you need to keep your head elevated and avoid stooping or bending over.  No strenuous activity is allowed for a few weeks.  Dr. Moor removes your sutures in about five days: a more detailed set of post operative instructions will be given to you before your surgery.  Post operatively,  physical sunscreens are advised such as hats and sunglasses. Chemical sunscreens should not be applied until Dr. Moor says it is OK.

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