Many people in Charlotte want to improve and rejuvenate their appearance. The eyelids and under-eye area can be some of the first to show signs of aging, including sagging, laxity or drooping. In addition, sagging eyelids can affect vision as well; in some cases, skin can droop and cover the eye itself. Upper and lower eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty or an eye lift, can help to remove excess skin and minimize bagginess. At Queen City Plastic Surgery, board-certified Charlotte plastic surgeon Dr. Enam Haque offers eyelid surgery to help people restore the youthful appearance of their eyes and face.
This cosmetic plastic surgery procedure in Charlotte can rejuvenate eyes that appear aged or tired by removing excess skin and fat from the area. Some patients may choose to combine an eye lift with other treatments to the area, such as Botox, dermal fillers or a brow lift.
If you opt for upper eyelid surgery, Dr. Haque can remove excess skin or fatty tissue. Before your procedure, Dr. Haque will develop a customized surgical plan designed to target specific areas of discomfort. This procedure can include resetting the fold of the eyelid, elevating a sagging lid, elevating the tear glands or removing fatty deposits. Your Charlotte plastic surgeon will usually perform incisions along the natural lines of your eyelids, removing unwanted tissue and fat.
Lower eyelid surgery can also involve the removal of both sagging skin and unwanted fat deposits. Both may be more prominent in the under-eye area. As a result, patients can achieve a younger, tauter appearance in the eye and cheek area. In some cases, this procedure is combined with fat transfer or dermal fillers to further plump and rejuvenate the area.
Dr. Haque will prepare a unique surgical plan designed to meet your aesthetic goals. This procedure is usually performed with a small incision on the inside of the eye or immediately below the eyelashes; these incisions are designed for swift healing and an undetectable appearance.
“Everyone was absolutely wonderful – from the time I walked into the office and walked out. Staff, Doctor – were interested in me, the patient. I never felt rushed. They took time with me, something you don’t always find anymore. “
Eyelid surgery can be an excellent choice for North Carolina adults who are generally healthy and have realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure. Most patients are at least 35 years of age, but people may opt for a blepharoplasty earlier, especially if they know that their family members develop drooping eyelids. People who have had LASIK surgery must wait at least six months before an eye lift, while people with Graves’ disease or other thyroid disorders may require special safety precautions.
Your blepharoplasty will be performed at Queen City Plastic Surgery, where you will receive local anesthesia or IV sedation to protect you from pain and discomfort during the procedure. After your procedure, the stitches will remain for up to a week. Dr. Haque will provide you with a specially designed recovery plan to help you achieve the best results from your eyelid surgery. In many cases, you may use pillows to prevent bruising and allow edema to drain easily.
In most cases, you may wish to refrain from watching TV, reading or using your smartphone in order to allow your eyes to rest and avoid strain. If you wear contact lenses, Dr. Haque will provide you with detailed information about when you can resume normal use. In most cases, full recovery takes place from 10 days to two weeks.
Women and men in Charlotte who are unhappy with the appearance of age in the eyelid area can contact Queen City Plastic Surgery at 704-372-5685 or use our simple online form to set up an initial consultation. During the consultation, Dr. Haque will review your medical history and discuss your goals in order to develop a surgical plan that meets your unique needs.