July 2015

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Upper Eyelid Surgery vs. Lower Eyelid Surgery

If you’re thinking about having blepharoplasty in Denver, which is surgery performed on either the upper or lower eyelids, you should know a little bit each of these types of eyelid surgeries and how and why they’re performed. Dr. Robert Fante at the Fante Eye & Face Center, serving Denver and surrounding areas, has been performing blepharoplasty in Denver for a number of years and has helped hundreds of patients have better eyesight, more attractive eyelids, less excess skin around the eyes and less droopy eyelids. If you’d like to learn a little bit about the differences between upper and lower eyelid surgery, please read on, and then feel free to contact the Fante Eye & Face Centre to schedule an initial consultation with cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Robert Fante.

Undergoing any surgery, whether it’s elective or necessary, can be a very scary experience. You may have some anxiety about the procedure itself, or you may have some concerns about the recovery process and how long it will take to see the amazing results of your cosmetic surgery. Dr. Fante actually specializes in laser eyelid surgery, complex reconstruction around the eye, and facial cosmetic surgery, so you can rest assured knowing you’re in the most capable hands in Denver.

Upper vs. Lower Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty is a fairly simple procedure that can take years off the appearance of the eyes/face. Upper eyelid surgery may benefit those patients whose upper lids have sagged low enough to reduce their field of vision while lower eyelid lift surgery can help patients with saggy or puffy lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery involves the removal of excess tissue and fat to produce a more refreshed, youthful facial appearance. Some patients may undergo upper and lower eyelid surgery under local anesthesia, but general anesthesia may be used if requested.

While upper eyelid surgery primarily involves the removal of sagging skin, lower eyelid surgery also involves the removal of fat deposits, which are more prevalent under the eye. Also, lower eyelid surgery allows Dr. Fante to transfer fat or dermal fillers to hollowed areas under the eye, leading to plump, healthy-looking skin.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

Lower eyelid surgery will correct puffiness, bags, and fine wrinkles in the lower eyelids, and while upper eyelid surgery is performed in a similar fashion in most patients, lower eyelid surgery can be performed in many different ways. The reason for that is the anatomy of the lower eyelids and the changes brought about by aging present challenges that are truly unique.

Lower eyelids may have looseness (laxity) or be pulled down away from the eye (retraction). The very thin eyelid skin may become finely wrinkled, and the cheek fat pads that we have when we’re young will lose fat and volume as we grow older. The results? A longer lower eyelid and the appearance of a natural valley in the lower eyelid near the nose, giving a shadow and what looks like dark circles to the lower eyelid. Also, the fat underneath the eye can bulge forward causing the appearance of puffy eyes. While some patients may have fat removed during lower eyelid surgery, others will have fat transferred from other parts of the body in order to restore the volume (of fat) that the cheeks—blending with the lower eyelids—once had.

To perform lower eyelid surgery, an incision is made below the lower eyelashes; the incision is made carefully in a discreet place. Excess fat, skin, and muscle are removed, and sometimes, the fat is redistributed in order to minimize puffiness and uneven swelling. The incision for eyelid lift surgery heals quickly among the eyelid’s surrounding natural creases.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

Upper eyelid lift surgery allows Dr. Fante to remove excess skin and fatty tissue that create the appearance of droopy, inflated eyelids. While the fat deposits, loose skin, and drooping of the eyelids typically occur due to the natural aging process, this wonderful procedure can reverse the hands of time to restore a youthful, refreshed appearance. Also, fat underneath the skin can protrude, which causes abnormal puffiness of the upper eyelid, and this can happen as early as your late 20’s or early 30’s.

Upper eyelid surgery removes the extra skin and fat in the upper eyelid, and it removes skin and fat through an incision hidden in the upper eyelid crease that becomes practically invisible after the healing process is complete. Every patient’s surgery is different due to factors such as age, sex, race, the severity of the problems, and other factors the medical team at the Fante Eye & Face Centre must consider.

During upper eyelid surgery, incision lines are made in the natural creases of the upper lids so no scars will be visible. Any excess skin that is obstructing vision or contributing to a droopy or tired appearance will be trimmed away, and in some cases, the muscles are re-positioned. The remaining skin is lifted and reattached for a more youthful look. The goal of upper eyelid surgery is to leave the patient looking refreshed, and most experienced surgeons are able to avoid the unnatural “wide awake” look that comes from overcorrection.

Schedule a Blepharoplasty Consultation today

If you’re interested in blepharoplasty in Denver, please contact the Fante Eye & Face Centre today by calling (303) 839-1616 to schedule an appointment.

Questions About Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery (or blepharoplasty) is a cosmetic procedure that can help diminish bags under the eyes or extra skin on the eyelids. Aging is something we all must inevitably face, and with aging comes sagging skin. The eyelids are no exception, and they may start to sag as you get older. This sagging skin over your eye can, in some cases, affect eyesight. If you are considering eyelid surgery, here are some questions and answers that may help in deciding whether to move forward with blepharoplasty. You can also contact the Fante Eye & Face Centre to schedule an initial consultation with cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Robert Fante, if you are considering eyelid surgery in Denver.

Am I a candidate for eyelid surgery?

A good candidate for eyelid surgery is usually 35 years of age or older and in good health. However, there have been reasons for younger people to seek this surgery as well. If you find you have excess bags under your eyes, that the top of your eyelids droop, or that you have excessive wrinkles around your eyes, you may be the perfect candidate for eyelid surgery in Denver or anywhere else for that matter.

How long will recovery take?

Most people find they are able to return to work just two weeks after surgery. You may still have some slight bruising and scarring, but that will heal with time. You can help the healing process by keeping your head elevated, icing your eyes to reduce the swelling, and taking Tylenol to help with any minimal pain you may experience. Once you are fully healed, there will not be any visible scars.

Does insurance cover eyelid surgery?

There are cases where your insurance may cover the cost of eyelid surgery. For example, if your upper eyelids droop so far as to interfere with your vision, your insurance company may cover the cost. This differs depending on your policy, however, so you may want to call your insurance company and ask.

Is the result of eyelid surgery permanent?

Surgery on the lower eyelids is almost always permanent and never needs to be redone. Surgery on the upper eyelids is not permanent, but usually lasts about seven to ten years. Your eyes will still continue to age after eyelid surgery, however, it is a wonderful solution that lasts far longer than most of the cosmetic surgery alternatives.

If you would like to know more about blepharoplasty or whether or not you are a candidate, please contact the Fante Eye & Face Centre today to discuss eyelid surgery in Denver performed by cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Robert Fante.

Eyelid Surgery Facts

Aging is a process we all must go through. Unfortunately, our eyes are usually the first part of our bodies that show our age. Because the skin on the eyelids is so thin, it usually wrinkles and sags first. If you have eyes that are excessively wrinkly or have eyelids that droop or have large bags, eyelid surgery (also called blepharoplasty) may be the perfect solution for you. If you are considering eyelid surgery in Denver, there are some things you should know. If, after reading this, you’re still interested in having this cosmetic surgery performed, please contact the Fante Eye & Face Centre to schedule a consultation.

The ideal eye surgery candidate is usually over the age of 35 and in good health. There are reasons, however, that someone younger may be a candidate for blepharoplasty. So, if you’re unsure whether or not you should get eyelid surgery, consult your doctor.

Blepharoplasty is a fairly straightforward procedure. It usually lasts about one hour (if no other procedures are being done). When you wake up, you will have some swelling, bruising, and very minimal pain, but you can go home the same day. You will have stitches in your eyelids, but they will be removed within the first week. After two weeks, you should be able to return to work, but you may still have slight bruising or swelling.

There are certain things you can do at home to help you heal faster, such as ice your eyes, avoiding any activity that will cause your eyes to dry out, such as reading, watching TV or using the computer. Also try to keep your head elevated as much as possible. It is okay to sleep completely flat, but this will cause you to have significant swelling in the morning. Don’t worry because this is completely normal and caused by being flat while you sleep. The swelling you see in the morning will dissipate significantly throughout the day.

Eyelid surgery will give you a more youthful look and, if your droopy eyelids were affecting your vision, improve your vision also. Blepharoplasty done on your bottom lids will likely last forever and not need to be redone. Eyelid surgery on your top eyelid, however, will likely need to be redone after 7 to 10 years. This is simply because your eyes will continue to age, however, blepharoplasty is one of the longest lasting procedures you can have done to your eyes.

If you want to know more about blepharoplasty or if you think you’re a good candidate for eyelid surgery in Denver, please contact the Fante Eye & Face Centre today to schedule an initial consultation with cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Robert G. Fante.

Eyelid Drooping: What It Is and How It Can Be Fixed

The medical term for drooping eyelids is “Ptosis,” and this is actually a quite common condition that more and more people are having corrected by cosmetic surgeons. If you suffer from drooping eyelids, Denver-area cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Robert Fante at the Fante Eye & Face Centre, can help by performing surgery to correct the problem. Ptosis may be severe enough to cause vision problems, so surgery will not only improve the appearance of the eyes but will improve vision in some patients, also.

After a thorough evaluation by Dr. Fante and his medical team, you’ll have a full understanding of what would be involved in your eyelid surgery, medically known as “blepharoplasty.” If you’re interested in learning more about blepharoplasty in Denver and how droopy eyelids can be corrected, please read on.

Droopy or Drooping Eyelids—Some Basic Facts

Droopy eyelids may occur due to trauma, age, or certain medical disorders, and this condition can affect one or both of your eyes. In severe cases of ptosis, vision may be impaired and even fully blocked. Most people who suffer with ptosis can have this problem corrected with cosmetic surgery.

In order to correctly diagnose ptosis, one or more medical tests will be necessary. Dr. Fante’s medical team will collect your medical history, and he will perform a thorough physical examination, which may or may not include a slit-lamp exam. This exam allows Dr. Fante to take a very close look at your eyes with the help of a high-intensity light. Your eyes may be dilated for this exam, and you may experience minimal discomfort that will not last long.

Another exam that can be used to diagnose eyelid drooping is the Tensilon test. With this test, Dr. Fante may inject a drug called Tensilon into one of your veins. You may be asked to cross your eyes or do other movements that utilize your eye muscles. You will be monitored to see if the Tensilon improves your muscle strength, and this will allow the doctor to determine if muscle issues are the cause of your drooping eyelids.

All patients who come to the Fante Eye & Face Centre with drooping eyelids face varying degrees of this condition, so it’s difficult to predict exactly what you can expect. However, after your medical history is taken, and Dr. Fante exams you, clear answers will be available to all of your questions and concerns. If you have drooping eyelids and are considering blepharoplasty in Denver, please contact the Fante Eye & Face Centre today to schedule a consultation.


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