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Cosmetic eyelid surgery, or Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure used to refine and enhance puffy or droopy eyelids as well as under eye bags and aging changes beneath the eyes by sculpting and contouring the tissues of the lower eyelid. Depending on the specific condition, Dr. Lensink performs a number of different procedures that can markedly reduce visual fatigue and improve visual function while restoring a more youthful appearance to your eyes.
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Your upper and/or lower eyelid procedure is performed in an ultra-modern, licensed private outpatient surgery center near Dr. Lensink’s office. This surgery does not require general anesthesia. As such, an MD anesthesiologist will sedate you as much or as little as you would like while monitoring your vital signs. Once you are sedated, local anesthesia will be administered to the operative area. This protocol routinely leads to a very safe and comfortable experience. Patients regularly express surprise at the pleasantness of the experience.
During upper eyelid Blepharoplasty, an incision is hidden deep in the crease under the fold of the upper eyelid, thus hiding the incision line until it fades and matures. From this incision excess tissues are sculpted and contoured. Dr. Lensink then closes the wound with a fine row of self-dissolving sutures tucked in the upper lid crease under the fold.
In a lower eyelid Blepharoplasty, an incision is most commonly made through the inner lining of the lower eyelid to minimize the risk of scarring to the lower eyelid skin and leave important anatomy undisturbed. Once the incision is made, Dr. Lensink will sculpt, contour, and remove excess tissue. Self-dissolving sutures will most often be placed inside the eyelid where they will not be seen and will require no care. Less often, an incision is made through the skin beneath the eyelashes. From here, excess skin is removed, then self-dissolving sutures are placed.
Dr. Lensink prefers not use a laser to accomplish this. While the use of a laser sounds “high tech” he feels that its advantages don’t outweigh the risk of laser beam penetration into the eye. Dr. Lensink accomplishes the same advantages afforded by a laser using an electromagnetic cutting and cauterizing device to sculpt and contour tissues.