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Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) in Little Rock, AR

Dr. English, a triple board-certified surgeon at English Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Center, offers various plastic surgery procedures to the residents of Little Rock, Conway, Pulaski County and the surrounding communities in Arkansas.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

Why Lower Eyelid Surgery?

Your eyes are the window to your soul, and are one of the first things people notice about you. In fact, drawing attention to your eyes is one way to downplay other less prominent facial features. If you have eyes that are tired, puffy, swollen, or sagging, it will be hard to allow your vibrant inner self to shine through. Signs of aging are often noticed first around the eyes, leaving you appearing older than you truly are and causing others to question whether or not you have had enough sleep. Fortunately, a blepharoplasty performed by Dr. English can help Little Rock patients shave years off the clock.

Aging is one of the primary reasons for drooping or sagging eyelids. Sagging skin near the eyes can cause the brow to droop, and may even result in the development of extra skin or fat that leaves your eyes looking puffy. Lifting the eyelids and trimming excess skin, which most often appears just underneath the eyelids, can provide you with a firmer, more youthful appearance.

Extra fat may sometimes appear on the lower eyelids as well. This fat is always present, but is held in place by the orbital septum, a fibrous band of tissue that sags over time. When the orbital septum loses its laxity, it can then take on a bulgy appearance, leading to bags underneath the eyes. During an eyelid lift, this excess fat is trimmed, leaving your eyes with a more pleasing shape, just like when you were younger!

During your lower eyelid surgery consultation, Dr. English asks questions about vision, tear production, use of contact lenses, and expectations. This information, plus age, skin type, ethnic background, and degree of visual obstruction, is assessed to determine the best course of treatment. Eyelid surgery does not normally reduce wrinkling around the eye area nor does it lift a drooping brow. Therefore, many eyelid patients from the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pine Bluff areas decide to combine eyelid surgery with a forehead and/or brow lift and skin resurfacing to achieve the best overall result.

Click here to see lower eyelid surgery before and after pictures.

How is Lower Eyelid Surgery Performed?

At the English Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Center in Little Rock, eyelid surgery is performed in the office with local anesthesia under I.V. sedation or general anesthesia. The procedure normally takes one hour. Upper and lower eyelid surgery may be performed at the same time; however, lower can be done independently of the upper eyelids.

During a lower eyelid procedure, Dr. English may make his incision along the lower lash line, in the bottom lid’s smile creases, or more commonly on the inside of the eyelid. Once excess tissue, skin and fat has been removed, absorbable stitches are put in place. If the puffiness resulting from excess fat is corrected by an incision made inside the lower eyelid, no visible scar will result.

What is eyelid surgery recovery like?

Most of Dr. English’s eyelid surgery patients experience little or no discomfort following eyelid surgery at his Little Rock office. Taking a mild analgesic should relieve any discomfort. Following surgery, patients are instructed on cleaning the incisions and the application of antibiotic eye ointment when indicated.

Some swelling and bruising may develop after the procedure. Cold compresses, when indicated, as well as head elevation when lying down, enhance healing and relieve discomfort. As time passes, the incisions for lower eyelids blend in with the surrounding skin and are easily camouflaged. The skin at the outer corners of the eye is thicker and takes a bit longer to heal.

The stitches used to close the incisions in the lower eyelids are removed three to five days after surgery. The sun may darken maturing scars; therefore, incisions in the upper and lower eyelids should be protected by sunscreen, sunglasses, or a hat as they heal.

Most eyelid surgery patients in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Pine Bluff and other Arkansas regions reported that they returned to near normal activity within a few days of the surgery. However, as the incisions heal, it is important to restrict activities that may put pressure on the eyes. Lifting, bending, and straining should be avoided for up to two weeks. Aerobic or heavy exercise should also be avoided for at least three weeks following surgery.

The majority of our Little Rock and Conway patients notice a dramatic increase in how their eyes look. This improved appearance is often accompanied by a feeling of tightness in upper or lower eyelid skin that may last a few weeks or months. Bags and bulges are significantly reduced, or in some cases, eliminated altogether. Patient may sometimes experience slight corrections in their eyesight, or regain some of their lost peripheral vision after removing excess skin that fully or partially covered the eye.

For those patients with a sunken look to their lower eyelid area, fat transfer to these areas combined with a chemical peel can help restore a more youthful contour from lash to cheek area. This type of restoration has been in vogue for the past decade or so and has been extremely successful especially when combined with midface lifting and chemical peels.

How much does eyelid surgery cost in Little Rock?

Each eyelid surgery procedure is unique because it is performed with YOU in mind. Since your needs will be different from other patients, it will not be possible to provide you with an exact cost until after you meet with Dr. English the first time. Once he has established a treatment plan, we can then go over the cost and discuss which method of payment might be right for you. We accept cash, personal checks, and major credit cards, in addition to financing through CareCredit® or MedLoanFinance.com.

Cosmetic surgery procedures, such as blepharoplasty, are generally considered elective, and are therefore not covered under most health insurance plans. As such, our office does not accept any form of health coverage.

I could benefit from lower eyelid surgery. What should I do next?

If you are serious about considering lower eyelid surgery at English Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Center to improve your facial appearance and you live in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Pine Bluff or any other Arkansas region, your first step is to make an eyelid surgery consultation appointment. Before you meet with Dr. English, think of any questions you may want to ask or concerns you need to be answered. Our surgeon will be happy to address them during your visit. Call now to schedule your appointment. Take this initial step to achieve the face you’ve always wanted. Do not put this off any longer. Call today.

Upper Eyelid Lift

Why eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is chosen by many men and women to correct bags and bulges around the eyes as well as drooping eyelids. Although more women than men choose eyelid surgery, the procedure is equally suited for both genders.

People of all ages have eyelid surgery. Younger patients have the surgery because of an inherited condition in which fat cushions of the eye push forward causing a bulging appearance. Older patients generally have eyelid surgery to reduce these bulges as well as the sagging of eyelid skin. Droopy eyelids can make a person look older and, in some cases, impair vision. Eyelid surgery results in a refreshed appearance with a more youthful eye area.

During the initial eyelid surgery consultation, Dr. English asks about vision, tear production, use of contact lenses, and expectations. This information, plus age, skin type, ethnic background, and degree of visual obstruction, is assessed to determine the best course of treatment. Eyelid surgery does not normally reduce wrinkling around the eye area nor does it lift a drooping brow. Therefore, many patients decide to combine eyelid surgery with other procedures, such as a forehead and brow lift, fat transfer, mid facelift or skin resurfacing, to achieve the best overall result.

Click here to see some eyelid surgery before and after photos.

How is upper eyelid surgery performed?

Eyelid surgery is performed in our Little Rock office with local anesthesia under I.V. sedation. The procedure normally takes less than one hour. Upper and lower eyelid surgery may be performed at the same time; however, either can be done independently.

Upper eyelid surgery is performed by making an incision in the natural crease of the eyelid. Excess skin and fat are removed through the incision, which is closed with fine sutures, thereby minimizing the visibility of any scar.

In upper eyelid surgery, the incision is made in an inconspicuous site along the lash line and smile creases of the upper lid or more commonly on the inside of the eyelid. Once excess tissue, skin and/or fat is removed, absorbable sutures are used to close the incisions. This technique is increasingly chosen, especially when performed along with a chemical peel and/or laser resurfacing. Eyelid puffiness of the upper lid that is caused only by excess fat is corrected by removing excess fatty tissue through an incision made inside the eyelid. No visible scar results from this type of procedure.

What is recovery going to be like?

Most patients experience little or no discomfort following eyelid surgery and find that any discomfort is relieved by taking a mild analgesic. Following surgery, patients are instructed on cleaning the incisions and the application of antibiotic eye ointment when indicated.

Some swelling and bruising may develop after the procedure. Cold compresses, as well as head elevation, enhances healing and relieves discomfort. As time passes, the incisions for both the upper and lower eyelids blend in with the surrounding skin and are easily camouflaged. The skin at the outer corners of the eye is thicker and takes a bit longer to heal.

The stitches used to close the incisions in the upper and lower eyelids are removed five to six days after surgery at our Little Rock office. The sun may darken maturing scars; therefore, incisions in the upper and lower eyelids should be protected by sunscreen, sunglasses, or a hat as they heal.

Most of Dr. English’s patients who had eyelid surgery were able to return to near normal activity within a few days of the surgery. However, as the incisions heal, it is important to restrict activities that may put pressure on the eyes. Lifting, bending, and straining should be avoided for up to two weeks. Aerobic or heavy exercise should be avoided for at least three weeks following surgery.

Most patients can anticipate a marked improvement in the appearance of their eyes. This is often accompanied by a feeling of tightness in the eyelids that may last a few weeks. Bags and bulges are significantly reduced if not completely eliminated. Some patients may actually experience slight improvement in their eyesight or peripheral vision as a result of the removal of excess skin.

For those patients with a sunken look to their lower eyelid area, fat transfer to these areas combined with a chemical peel can help restore a more youthful contour from the lash to cheek area. Normally, the reason for this loss of volume is due to the decent of cheek tissue away from the rim of the eye socket. This type of restoration has been extremely popular during the past decade because it is a relatively minor but extremely successful procedure.

I could benefit from upper eyelid surgery. What should I do next?

If you are serious about considering upper eyelid surgery to improve your facial appearance and you live in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Pine Bluff or any other Arkansas regions, your first step is to make an eyelid surgery consultation appointment. Before your meet with Dr. English, think of any questions you may want to ask or concerns you need to be answered. Our surgeon will be happy to address them during your visit. Call now to schedule your appointment. Take this initial step to achieve the face you’ve always wanted. Do not put this off any longer. Call today.

If you would like to look and feel your very best, contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jim English, triple board certified in cosmetic procedures for the face and body. We look forward to seeing you during your eyelid surgery consultation.

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