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Cosmetic eyelid surgery, called blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both, and give a rejuvenated appearance to the surrounding area of your eyes, making you look more rested and alert.

Specifically, eyelid surgery can treat

  • Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision
  • Excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the upper eyelids
  • Bags under the eyes
  • Droopiness of the lower eyelids, showing white below the iris (colored portion of the eye)
  • Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid

Please watch the above video to learn more about the procedure.

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Is it right for me?

Eyelid surgery is usually performed on adult men and women who have healthy facial tissue and muscles and have realistic goals for improvement of the upper and/or lower eyelids and surrounding area.

You should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else's desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.

Good candidates are
  • Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for blepharoplasty
  • Individuals without serious eye conditions
Anesthesia
Eyelid surgery is almost always done under local anesthesia and intravenous sedation. If your eyelid surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.
What happens during eyelid surgery?
Please watch the above video to learn more about the procedure.

 

My recovery
After your procedure is completed, lubricating ointment and cold compresses may be applied, and in some cases your eyes may be loosely covered with gauze.

The results will be long-lasting. Your final results will appear within several weeks, but it may take up to a year for incision lines to fully refine.

While eyelid surgery can be expected to correct certain conditions permanently, you will continue to age naturally. Life-long sun protection will help to maintain your results.

Do you have any of these medical conditions
  • Eye disease such as glaucoma, dry eye or a detached retina
  • Thyroid disorders such as Graves' disease and under or overactive thyroid
  • Cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure or other circulatory disorders or diabetes

Publications
  • Unterlidplastik beseitigt Tränensäcke, Augenringe und ausgeprägte Falten
  • Oberlidplastik - Operation verjüngt das Gesicht
  • Mühlbauer W, Holm C. Eyebrow Asymmetry: Ways of Correction. Aesth. Plast. Surg. 22: 366 - 371 (1998) 
  • Mühlbauer W, Holm C. Orbital Septorhaphy for the Correction of Baggy Upper and Lower Eyelids. Aesth. Plast. Surgery 24: 418 - 423 (2000).
  • Mühlbauer W, Holm C. Oberlidplastik. Aesthetic Tribune, Juli 2005; 8-9.
  • Mühlbauer W, Holm C. Unterlidplastik. Aesthetic Tribune, September 2005; 22-23.
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