What is Blepharoplasty?
Your eyes are often the first thing people notice about you and are an important aspect of your overall appearance. As we age, the tone and shape of our eyelids can loosen and sag. Heredity and sun exposure also contribute to this process.
This excess, puffy or lax skin can make you appear more tired or older than you are. Eyelid surgery can give the eyes a more youthful look by removing excess skin, bulging fat, and lax muscle from the upper or lower eyelids.
If the sagging upper eyelid skin obstructs peripheral vision, blepharoplasty can eliminate the obstruction and expand the visual field.
Before and After
Types of Blepharoplasty
Upper Blepharoplasty is for the upper eyelids. Excess skin and fat are removed through an incision hidden in the natural eyelid crease. If the lid is droopy, the muscle that raises the upper lid can be tightened. The incision is then closed with fine sutures.
In Lower Blepharoplasty, fat in the lower eyelids can be removed or repositioned through an incision hidden on the inner surface of the eyelid. Laser resurfacing or a chemical peel can be performed at the same time if desired, to smooth and tighten the lower lid skin. If there is excessive skin in the lower lid, the incision is made just below the lashes. Fat can be removed or repositioned through this incision, and the excess skin removed. The incision is then closed with fine sutures.
Upper and lower blepharoplasty can be performed together and also can be combined with other procedures such as eyebrow or forehead lift, midface lift, face lift, neck lift, or laser skin resurfacing.
Who Should Perform a Blepharoplasty?
When choosing a surgeon to perform blepharoplasty, look for a cosmetic and reconstructive facial surgeon who specializes in the eyelids, orbit, and tear drain system, with an extensive training in ophthalmic plastic reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. Furthermore, you may want to choose a practitioner who specializes in Blepharoplasty using a CO2 Laser.
Why a CO2 Laser?
The benefits of using the CO2 Laser rather than the cold-steel scalpel are signficant. With a CO2 Laser, blepharoplasty has reduced operative time, less bleeding, superior intraoperative visibility, less bruising and swelling, no pain or discomfort, and a shorter recuperation period. For more details, the US National Institutes of Health publishes a CO2 Laser comparison with cold-steel surgery.
Dr. Montes is the only surgeon in Puerto Rico who performs Blepharoplasty with a CO2 Laser. He performs the procedure with an internal incision, so patients will not have a visible scar. Choosing Dr. Montes for Blepharoplasty provides you the piece of mind of 18 years experience...having performed over 4,000 procedures...to help you achieve a fast recovery and natural long lasting result.
Before and After and Testimonial
A testimonial from another Doctor. Before and After Photos of his Upper Lids Blepharoplasty with Ectropion Repair.
"For a time I felt uncomfortable with the comments of my colleges and friends about the appearance of my eyelids until someone recommended Doctor Jose Raul Montes who did an amazing surgery on my eyelids. I'm very thankful to doctor Montes and would recommend him without any hesitation. He is the best!!"
E. O., San Juan, Puerto Rico
"Por un tiempo me sentía incómodo por los comentarios de amigos y colegas sobre la apariencia de mis párpados, hasta que me recomendaron al Dr. José Raúl Montes quien hizo una excelente cirugía de los mismos. Le estoy sumamente agradecido al Dr. José Raúl Montes y lo recomiendo sin reserva alguna. Es Excelente!"
E. O., San Juan, Puerto Rico
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