Blepharoplasty in Biloxi, MS
Heavy eyelids, or those with excess hanging skin, not only give the look of being overly tired but also may interfere with vision. Michael Diaz, M.D., F.A.C.S., a board-certified plastic surgeon, performs blepharoplasty on people living in Mobile, Ocean Springs, Gulfport and the surrounding communities of Mississippi who have excess skin on their eyelids and want a more refreshed expression.
What is Blepharoplasty
Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, corrects eyelids that tend to have excess skin that hangs over the top lash line or that creates the appearance of having bags under the eyes. It is one of the most common facial surgery procedures performed because it results in a refreshed appearance. Blepharoplasty treats loose skin that causes the lids to fold and get in the way of the upper eyelid. Other conditions that are treated with blepharoplasty include sagging skin on the upper lids that may interfere with vision, upper eyelid puffiness caused by fatty deposits, drooping lower eyelids that show the white area of the eyes below the iris, and excess skin and fine wrinkles around the lower eyelids.
Best Candidates for Blepharoplasty
You may be a candidate for blepharoplasty if you have excess skin on your upper or lower lids that gives you a very tired and irritated appearance. On the upper eyelids, it is quite possible that your vision may be affected as well. Other factors that play into being a good candidate include being in good health and having a realistic outlook as to the results of the procedure. If you suffer from any health issues related to thyroid disease, high blood pressure, or a condition in which you don’t make enough tears, you may not be able to have this procedure.
Planning for Your Blepharoplasty
Planning for your blepharoplasty consists of scheduling a consultation with Dr. Diaz for an evaluation of your eyelids to determine if blepharoplasty or another procedure is the best option to correct and enhance your eyelids. During this appointment, he also evaluates your overall health and wellbeing to ensure you can have the surgery and properly heal.
Preparing for Your Blepharoplasty
Planning for your blepharoplasty involves getting everything together at home so that immediately following surgery, you can return home for rest and recuperation. It is necessary to arrange for transportation to and from the procedure as well as someone to stay with you for the first day.
Additionally, you may be asked to refrain from smoking for a few weeks prior to and following the surgery as it can impede the healing process. You should also stop taking medications and supplements that thin the blood.
Types of Anesthesia
With facial surgery, it is important that patients be as relaxed and still as possible so anesthesia can be administered. The type of anesthesia depends on the procedure and is either general anesthesia or local with sedation.
General anesthesia. General anesthesia renders patients unconscious during the surgery and unable to feel anything. Medications are given intravenously and through inhalation.
Local with sedation. If local anesthesia with sedation is used, the treatment area is numbed so that there is no feeling while the surgery takes place. Additionally, patients are given sedation to put them in what is commonly called “twilight” sleep so that they are extremely relaxed.
Using local anesthesia with sedation, very small incisions are made typically in the creases of the eyelids so they are not visible to remove excess skin and/or excess fatty deposits. If necessary, muscles are tightened and the incisions are closed.
For the lower eyelids, incisions are made in the lower lid to remove the excess skin and any fatty tissue. The lower eyelid surgery is better suited for younger patients, as the results look more natural on skin with more elasticity.
Blepharoplasty typically takes one to two hours to complete and is done on an outpatient procedure typically performed under local anesthesia with sedation.
After Your Blepharoplasty
Recovering from blepharoplasty takes only about two weeks. Most patients may begin reading after a couple of days and return to work within a week or so. There may be some redness around the incisions, which diminishes and disappears within two to three weeks. As this lessens, concealer may be gently applied once the incisions have healed. It is important to avoid bending over, heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for three to four weeks.
How Much Does Blepharoplasty Cost in Mississippi?
The cost for blepharoplasty varies with each patient based on the extent of the procedure and whether other cosmetic treatments or procedures are performed at the same time. If blepharoplasty is done to correct vision issues, your health insurance may offer coverage since it is considered medically necessary. We accept cash, checks, and credit cards. We also offer financing through CareCredit®.
Getting Back to Normal Following Blepharoplasty
As the healing process progresses, most patients see noticeable and natural results within about two weeks. We recommend you avoid direct sun by using tinted sunglasses that offer protection as it can make the scarring visible.
Your New Look
The results of blepharoplasty are a subtle, natural look in which you look refreshed and rejuvenated. Any vision issues are corrected. Many people enjoy permanent results with this procedure.
If you live in or around Mobile, Ocean Springs, Gulfport and the surrounding communities of Mississippi and are looking for a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform blepharoplasty and other facial surgery, contact Michael Diaz, M.D., F.A.C.S. in Biloxi, MS, today to set up an appointment.
Michael Diaz, M.D., F.A.C.S.
936 Tommy Munro Dr.
Biloxi, MS 39532