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Eyelid Surgery

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The eyelids are frequently the first indicators of aging. Droopy and puffy eyelids can make you look tired, angry or older than you feel. Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can rejuvenate the eyelids for a more youthful, natural appearance and restore vision that once may have been partially blocked by excessive skin.

What is Blepharoplasty?

Eyelid surgery is a procedure to reshape the eyelids for either functional and/or cosmetic purposes. Removing, repositioning or reshaping excessive skin and underlying fatty tissue around the eye may give patients improved peripheral vision and a more youthful appearance.

How is Blepharoplasty Performed?

eyelid surgeryEyelid surgery usually takes 40 minutes to a little more than an hour, depending on the number of procedures scheduled. These procedures may be done awake or with sedation, depending on your personal needs and desires.

To lift and tighten both the upper and lower eyelids and to contour fat deposits, discreet incisions are made in the natural folds and creases of the lids. Excess fat, muscle, and skin may be removed. During lower eyelid surgery, the incision is made inside the eyelid. Excess fat and skin are removed or repositioned as necessary. Scarring is minimal and the incision lines typically fade within a few months of surgery.

Eyelid surgery can leave the skin around your eyes looking and feeling firmer, well-rested, and years – even decades – younger.

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) FAQs

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Many people who choose eyelid surgery want a subtle, smoothing effect around their eyes. The rejuvenating effect of eyelid surgery is long lasting, and can give your eyes a more youthful, well rested and alert appearance. When considering eyelid surgery, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you appear tired?
  • Is the skin of your upper eyelids overhanging the normal lid crease and nearing the eyelashes?
  • Are there bulges and bags surrounding your eyes?
  • Is your peripheral vision shadowed by droopy eyelids?
  • Do your eyes appear smaller than they did in the past?

Our approach to cosmetic surgery comes with the understanding that your general well-being is closely linked to the way you feel about your appearance. Her philosophy – along with her surgical technique – helps patients seeking eyelid surgery to achieve the physical health and emotional happiness they want. You may be a candidate for eyelid surgery in Clearwater, Largo and St. Petersburg if:

  • Your peripheral vision is obscured by excess skin and fat in the upper or lower eyelids
  • Droopy lower eyelids expose the whites of your eyes
  • You have realistic expectations concerning the outcome of your procedure
  • You are aware of the surgical risks and do not possess any medical or ophthalmic conditions that may elevate the risks involved in the surgery

For a more complete facial rejuvenation, The Aesthetic Institute of West Florida can combine eyelid surgery with a brow lift. Sometimes, a brow lift alone accomplishes the improvements you are looking for by raising sagging eyebrows. Our doctors will help make this decision easier by providing you with a detailed physical examination and then discussing your facial sculpting options with you.

Most patients enjoy the youthful, refreshed look from eyelid surgery for several years. Keep in mind that any cosmetic surgery procedure will not stop the aging process. Also, you can retain your improvements longer by continuing your healthy diet and lifestyle, not smoking, and avoiding sun exposure without proper protection and sunscreen.

Although eyelid surgery is associated with a short recovery period and minimal discomfort, most patients experience some swelling and bruising for at least a few days after the procedure. Following post-operative instructions by our doctors will prove very beneficial in reducing the extent of the swelling and bruising.

Recovery from eyelid surgery is minimal; in fact you’ll likely return to your job and daily activities in less than 10 days. This recovery period will vary, however, if you combine eyelid surgery with other facial sculpting procedures like a brow lift procedure. Bruising around the eyes should fade after about 2 weeks to a month, and in the interim many patients find that they can adequately conceal any discoloration with light makeup. You should avoid vigorous exercise for about 3 weeks after surgery.

Yes.  Our Surgery Center requires all patients to provide pre-operative clearance within 30 days of surgery.  The pre-operative physical/clearance appointment can be done at your primary care doctor’s office, or can be done with us by Tina Crevello, PA or Cori Brodsky, ARNP

Typically patients should stop using blood thinning medication prior to eyelid surgery.  The amount of time the medication is stopped is determined by your surgeon at The Eye Institute of West Florida and the prescribing physician.

Plan to be there approximately 3-4 hours.

No.  You will need a driver on the day of your surgery.

Depending on the type of Oculoplastics Surgery, you should stay home from work anywhere between 3-7 days.

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blepharoplastyReward yourself with a physician who is passionate about their service and understands the importance of feeling and looking your best. The Aesthetic Institute of West Florida employs board-certified ophthalmologists and fellowship-trained oculoplastic surgeons.  Their comprehensive training allows them to offer surgical, minimally-invasive and non-surgical treatments in facial rejuvenation. Their extensive experience in facial surgery affords them the necessary skills needed to create an individualized rejuvenation plan to balance your cosmetic desires with natural, pleasing results.  But it is because of the unmistakable care that people choose The Aesthetic Institute of West Florida for their elective cosmetic procedures.

Schedule your Eyelid Surgery Evaluation today 
Call (727) 581-8706 to schedule your appointment


Meet Your Eyelid & Aesthetics Care Specialist

Brandon C. Clair, M.D., Brandon C. Clair, M.D. is an ophthalmologist specializing in oculoplastic, orbital, and reconstructive surgery. After growing up outside of Philadelphia, PA, Dr. Clair completed medical school in New York at SUNY Upstate Medical University. He then went to Baltimore, MD for his internship at the University of Maryland Medical Center, where he met his wife. Afterwards, he returned to New York for his ophthalmology residency at the University of Buffalo Medical Center, where he was selected as chief resident. Dr. Clair then pursued additional training through fellowships in orbital, oculoplastic, and reconstructive surgery, as well as neuro-ophthalmology. All of his fellowships were completed at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Throughout his training and career, Dr. Clair has been a steady member of the scientific community, with broad research interests across different medical, surgical, and ophthalmologic specialties and subspecialties producing many peer-reviewed publications in various medical journals. His desire to pursue research and scientific innovation has also culminated in his presence on the scientific advisory boards of several biotechnology corporations focusing on ophthalmologic and oncologic disease. Dr. Clair’s current research and innovative interests are within cosmetic, functional, and reconstructive periorbital surgery. He resides in Clearwater with his wife, son, and dog. He spends his spare time with his family and pursuing his hobbies of basketball, watersports, and enjoying the Tampa area beaches with his family.

Stacia H. Goldey, M.D., is a board certified ophthalmologist and fellowship trained oculoplastic surgeon. Dr. Goldey received her undergraduate from the University of Central Florida, Summa Cum Laude, and her medical degree with honors from the University of Florida. She served her residency at Shands Teaching Hospital at the University of Florida, followed by a fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic and Orbital Surgery at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Goldey is board-certified in Ophthalmology and a member of the prestigious American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Medical Association. Dr. Goldey is on the National Education Faculty for BOTOX® Cosmetic. She is on the staff of Florida Hospital Waterman, and has published several articles about Oculoplastic Surgery.

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