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Dr. Brooke R. Seckel

Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) in Boston

Why do people have cosmetic eyelid surgery?

People have Blepharoplasty to:

  • Remove puffy eyes
  • Remove eye bags
  • Remove eye hoods
  • Remove saggy upper eyelid skin line
  • Remove saggy lower eyelid skin
  • Make their eyes look younger
  • Make their eyes look more open
  • Remove dark circles under the eyes
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Eyes before and after laser blepharoplasty and laser resurfacing lower eyelids (Individual Results May Vary)
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Before and after removal of dark circles under the eyes (Individual Results May Vary)

What is blepharoplasty, eye lift or eye tuck?

Blepharoplasty is an eyelid plastic surgery done to remove eyelid aging changes and improve and enhance the beauty of the eyes. There are several different types of Blepharoplasty:

What is upper blepharoplasty?

Upper blepharoplasty removes loose saggy upper eyelid skin, eye hoods and fat.

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Before and after upper blepharoplasty to remove eye hoods (Individual Results May Vary)

What is lower blepharoplasty?

Lower blepharoplasty removes eye bags, puffy eyes and loose lower eyelid skin.

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Before and after lower blepharoplasty to remove eye bags and upper blepharoplasty to remove eye hoods (Individual Results May Vary)

What is transconjunctival blepharoplasty?

Transconjunctival blepharoplasty is a newer technique used on the lower eyelids. The blepharoplasty is done through the inside or pink portion of the lower eyelid which is called the conjunctiva. The trans-conjunctival technique avoids damage to the supporting ligaments of the eye caused by the traditional external incision and thus preserves lower eyelid shape.

What is laser blepharoplasty?

Laser blepharoplasty uses a laser instead of a scalpel to make upper eyelid and trans-conjunctival incisions. The laser incision is more accurate, precise, and causes less bleeding.

What is Asian blepharoplasty or Korean blepharoplasty?

Asian eyelid blepharoplasty preserves the double eyelid fold and normal slant of the lower Asian eyelid.

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Before and after Asian Blepharoplasty to remove lower bags and upper eyelid fat preserving the double fold (Individual Results May Vary)
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Asian eyelid surgery before and after upper and lower Asian Blepharoplasty to remove lower eyelid bags and upper eyelid hooding and deepen double eyelid fold (Individual Results May Vary)

What is skin pinch blepharoplasty?

Skin pinch blepharoplasty is done on the outside corner of the lower lid to lift and tighten the lower eyelid, preserve eyelid shape and remove skin folds from the lower eyelid.

What is non-surgical blepharoplasty?

Non-surgical blepharoplasty is a misleading marketing term and should be ignored. It refers to laser resurfacing which can remove eyelid wrinkles but cannot remove eye bags, puffy eyes, eye hoods, and loose skin.

How do you get rid of dark circles under the eyes, arcus marginalis release and fat grafting?

To remove dark circles under the eyes a transconjunctival lower blepharoplasty is done to remove eye bags. Next the arcus marginalis which holds the skin tight below the puffy part of the eyelid and creates a depression called the dark circle is released. A small portion of fat is then placed into the area to plump the depression, reduce the shadow and remove the dark circle.

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Eyes before and after removal of dark circles under eyes with transconjunctival blepharoplasty, arcus release and fat grafting (Individual Results May Vary)

How to correct hollow eyes

Hollow eyes are caused by the lack of normal fat around the eyeball. Correction of hollow eyes requires fat grafting to replace the fat that is missing.

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Hollow eyes before and after eyelid surgery with arcus marginalis release and fat grafting (Individual Results May Vary)

How to remove festoons or malar bags

Festoons or malar bags appear as fluid filled sacs or bags under the eyelids. They are caused by loose skin and muscle sagging down onto the cheek. A skin pinch and orbiculopexy will remove festoons.

How to remove eyelid wrinkles

A combination of laser resurfacing and Botox® or Dysport® is necessary to improve eyelid wrinkles.

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Before and after removal of eyelid wrinkles with laser resurfacing (Individual Results May Vary)

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Revision Eyelid Surgery

Revision eyelid surgery is complex and requires an experienced eyelid surgeon. Revision blepharoplasty is done for:

  • Inadequately removed upper eyelid skin
  • Persistent fat bags after blepharoplasty
  • Hollow eyes after fat removal blepharoplasty
  • Sad eye look or ectropion
  • Too much upper eyelid skin removed
  • Dry eye

Is cosmetic eyelid plastic surgery painful?

Patients have discomfort caused by eyelid swelling and bruising. Eye drops can blur vision.

Is cosmetic eyelid plastic surgery safe?

If done by experienced eyelid surgeons certified by the American Boards of Plastic Surgery or Ophthalmology.

How long will it take me to recover from cosmetic eyelid surgery?

2-3 weeks for swelling and bruising to go away. Important social events or photographic sessions wait 6 weeks.

Schedule a Consultation Today

Eyelid surgery is an advanced facial cosmetic surgery procedure that can help you achieve a youthful, refreshed appearance. If you are interested in blepharoplasty, please contact Dr. Seckel to schedule a complimentary consultation today.

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