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Blepharoplasty

Get a More Alert Look with Eyelid Surgery at the Milwaukee and Madison Area’s Parkins Plastic Surgery

No one wants to look older than they are, but sagging skin around the eyes can have that exact effect. A blepharoplasty from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area’s Dr. Maida Parkins can reveal your rejuvenated and refreshed self, so your appearance reflects the vitality that you actually feel.

There are two types of eyelid surgery: an upper-lid blepharoplasty and a lower-lid blepharoplasty. Dr. Parkins is experienced in the surgical techniques necessary to correct both upper-lid drooping and lower-lid sagging, so patients can have their unique problem addressed to maintain a harmonious look.

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For more information about blepharoplasty for the Milwaukee or Madison area in Wisconsin, contact Dr. Maida Parkins’ friendly staff at (262) 269-1050 today, or send a message online!

What Makes a Good Blepharoplasty Candidate?

Looking tired, sad, or prematurely aged is a common concern for people as they get older. Many patients who visit Dr. Parkins for a blepharoplasty in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, area state that others often ask them if they are upset, are feeling down, or didn’t get enough rest the night before. These increasingly common questions can be particularly difficult for people who, in years past, received compliments on their appearance.

Eyelid surgery is ideal for anyone whose eyelid laxity has become visibly noticeable, causing drooping over one or both eyes, or the lower lids are starting to pull downward and away, or bags are forming below the eyes. The surgery can also help restore an unobstructed field of vision for people whose upper lids begin to encroach on their view of the world.

Personalized Blepharoplasty Consultations for Milwaukee and Madison

If you’ve noticed visible signs of facial aging around the eyes, it may be time to consider options for blepharoplasty. Dr. Parkins welcomes patients for personal consultations to best determine a treatment plan that will create a youthful aesthetic and help patients love what they see when they look in the mirror. The initial visit will include a short physical examination so Dr. Parkins can get a good, up-close look at your eyelids, as well as an opportunity for you to get your eyelid surgery questions answered.

What Are the Benefits of Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a targeted procedure that can take years off your facial appearance by creating lasting improvement in skin tone and firmness around the eyes. Some patients who have sought injectable treatments for years to lift skin in this area may find that the degree of sagging becomes too much for temporary dermal fillers to handle.

Specifically, an eyelid lift is intended to remove small amounts of loose skin and extra fat that have developed around the upper eyelids and lower eyes. Both men and women seek out this procedure to look younger and remain competitive in their professional fields. Treatment has significant benefits in how patients look and feel.

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What Does a Blepharoplasty Involve?

Upper Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty for the upper eyelids is called for when the skin of the upper lid droops and sags. This sometimes makes it difficult for patients to see, in addition to making them look stern or aged beyond their years.

Excess skin is created by the loss of skin elasticity but can be corrected with surgical treatment. During your procedure, Dr. Parkins places an incision in the natural crease of the eyelid, where resulting faint scars are easily concealed and imperceptible. From here, she trims the excess tissue, then closes the incision. Upper-lid blepharoplasty is a relatively quick treatment that can easily be done in the office using only local anesthesia.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

Puffy under-eye bags are another common complaint among patients interested in facial rejuvenation. This puffiness is caused by excess skin and fat accumulation under the eyes. Our female patients often have a hard time concealing this puffiness with makeup, and all patients with under-eye bags comment that the pouches create the appearance of being exhausted and older-looking. Lower-lid blepharoplasty surgery smooths the skin in this area, effectively removing the fat and excess tissue. The incision is positioned in the lower lash line, which looks natural when healed.

Patients interested in comprehensive rejuvenation for heavy eye skin often pair together upper and lower blepharoplasty. This helps to eliminate loose skin from both lids, so you look significantly younger. Dr. Parkins’ goal is to allow you to look naturally refreshed, as opposed to surprised or over-treated.

Recovery After Blepharoplasty

Patients are advised to take a week away from work and strenuous activity to give themselves plenty of time to rest and heal after eyelid surgery. If dissolvable sutures were used, they will break down on their own during this time.

Since the eye area is sensitive—especially the lower eye area—patients may notice that swelling persists longer than what they may have experienced with procedures performed elsewhere on the body.

It may be necessary to take up to two weeks off to ensure proper recovery. After this time, most bruising and swelling will have dissipated, and patients feel more confident going out in public.

Understanding what to expect during your recovery makes the entire process a much more positive experience. Please be sure to bring all questions regarding healing and recovery to your consultation with Dr. Parkins.

What Sets Dr. Parkins Apart for Blepharoplasty Surgery?

One of the biggest benefits of working with Dr. Parkins and her team is their commitment to approaching every surgical procedure as a unique case. They focus on communication and developing a rapport with each patient, which leads to a better understanding of the patient’s cosmetic goals. This, in turn, results in confidence and trust in the process from the patient and improved satisfaction with the results.

Frequently Asked Questions About Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty is intended to remove excess, drooping skin and some fat from the upper or lower eye area, making the eyes look more open. If the drooping you’ve experienced is caused by excess tissue, an eyelid lift may be recommended. A patient can choose to have just one eyelid addressed if there truly is an issue on only one side. However, if you are experiencing ptosis (a weakening of the muscles that control the lid), a different surgical procedure is necessary to create the desired change, since blepharoplasty alone will not create the desired effect. Dr. Parkins can discuss levator advancement with you if you are looking to correct ptosis.
A brow lift, which removes excess tissue on the forehead to reduce the appearance of heaviness in the brow, can sometimes create a more open-looking eye area. However, if you have significant loose skin around the upper eyes, a brow lift alone won’t provide the necessary amount of lift. The two procedures paired together can create a beautiful result.
Lower blepharoplasty can help correct dark under-eye circles if they are caused by tear troughs, which are the little valleys next to the lower lid bags. By repositioning the fat in the lower lid, the contours can be smoothed so they no longer catch shadows, which can lead to dark under—eye circles. In other cases, where the dark circles are due to skin discoloration, a different strategy—such as light treatments—may be necessary.

Procedures and Treatments Beyond Blepharoplasty

In some cases, a brow lift or full facelift may be recommended in conjunction with a blepharoplasty to create ideal results.

Some patients choose injectables or skin-tightening laser treatments to help firm and tighten skin around the eyes. This will not alleviate significant drooping, but may be effective in the case of minor sagging in the upper or lower eyelid.

It’s important to note that injectables’ effects are temporary. You will need a touch-up at least once or twice a year. Laser therapy does not remove extra skin from the treatment area, but can help the skin retract to create a firmer look for patients with mild laxity.

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Get started today with a blepharoplasty in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, area with help from Dr. Maida Parkins. Call our beautiful Lake Country office in Oconomowoc at (262) 269-1050. You can also send a message online.

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