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What is eyelid surgery?

The skin around the eyes is so thin and sensitive that signs of age can begin appearing as early as our 20s. This delicate area is particularly vulnerable to environmental and lifestyle factors, and therefore our eyes are typically the first area to show telltale signs of how old we are. This is unfortunate, as lines, wrinkles, under-eye bags, and droopy eyelids tend to make the entire face look older and less energetic than we actually are. 

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is a surgical procedure designed to rejuvenate the eyelids by removing excess or sagging skin to “open them up” again. This not only helps the eyes look bigger, brighter, and more awake; it can also help improve impaired vision from drooping eyelid skin. The result is an overall appearance that is more youthful, alert, attractive, and friendly.

The goal of a blepharoplasty is to improve:

  • Eyes that are hidden by excess skin
  • An angry, tired, or sad “resting face”
  • Drooping skin and puffiness of the eyelids
  • Orbital fat that is bugling beneath the eyes
  • Excess skin that is impairing vision
  • Fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes
  • Drooping lower eyelids that show white under the iris

Upper and lower eyelid surgery 

There are two types of eyelid surgery: upper and lower. They can be performed as standalone procedures, or they can be combined together to achieve optimal results. Either procedure can also be accompanied by a brow lift, facelift, or dermal fillers for an even more rejuvenated appearance. 

Upper blepharoplasty

Upper eyelid surgery is performed to specifically improve sagging skin that is either obscuring the eyes, impacting the patient’s vision, or both. Excess, puffy skin can also be reduced with upper eyelid surgery. 

Lower blepharoplasty

Lower eyelid surgery is performed to specifically improve under-eye bags, eyelids that appear to be pulled down, and fat beneath the eyes. 

Fox Eye Lift

What is a Fox Eye Lift?

One of the latest trends in the beauty industry is the creation of fox-like eyes through a special form of blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery. While many people can try to mimic the look of a furry friend with makeup, a Fox Eye Lift is the only way to achieve long-lasting results.

The procedure is designed to pull the corner of the eyes slightly sideways so as to create an almond-shaped eye contour that resembles fox eyes. The treatment has little downtime and can help you to look more youthful and alluring.

How does it differ from a traditional blepharoplasty? 

Traditional blepharoplasty is usually performed on patients who are coping with age-related changes in the upper face, such as sagging, drooping, wrinkles, and fine lines. Blepharoplasty can even help correct vision problems associated with low-hanging eyelids. 

The Fox Eye Lift is a treatment that younger Miami patients pursue to cosmetically enhance their appearance, not necessarily combat any existing problems. The results with a Fox Eye Lift last about 6-12 months, and there is much less downtime than with conventional blepharoplasty.

Benefits of a Fox Eye Lift

  • Attractive, fox-like eye appearance
  • Results can last up to one year
  • Minimal downtime
  • Popular, on-trend procedure

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Good candidates for eyelid surgery

If you’re in the Miami area seeking eyelid surgery, you may be an excellent candidate. Those who make the best candidates for blepharoplasty are those who:

  • Want to address their sad, angry, or tired-looking “resting face”
  • Have excess skin, puffiness, or sagging of the eyelids
  • Want their eyes to be “seen” or “open” again
  • Want to remove excess eyelid skin that is impairing their vision
  • Do not have pre-existing eye conditions or diseases 
  • Do not have an overactive thyroid 
  • Are non-smokers in general good health
  • Have realistic expectations about what blepharoplasty can achieve

The blepharoplasty procedure

Blepharoplasty is performed under general anesthesia, or under local anesthesia with mild sedation. Upper and lower blepharoplasty can be done separately or together. The procedure takes approximately two hours.

Upper eyelid surgery: Dr. Maercks creates an incision in the natural crease of the eyelid to remove or re-adjust fat, remove excess skin, and tighten the muscles. The incisions are closed with sutures.

Lower eyelid surgery: For lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Maercks creates an incision either under the eyelash line or within the lower eyelids. A minimal amount of fat is removed, with great care being taken not to remove too much. The incisions are closed with sutures.

Recovery and results

You may go home a few hours after your blepharoplasty, and you can expect about one week of recovery time. There are some common yet temporary side effects you may experience, including blurred vision, redness, swelling, bruising, dry or tired eyes, and/or mild discomfort. These side effects are not dangerous, but if they bother you, Dr. Maercks can prescribe medication to help. 

Those who wear contacts will need to take a break from wearing them for two weeks. Your sutures can be removed after one week at a follow-up appointment. Results will be visible at approximately six weeks following surgery. You will still look like yourself — only more refreshed and youthful. And your vision will no longer be affected by hanging eyelid skin. 

Why choose The Maercks Institute for eyelid surgery in Miami? 

At The Maercks Institute, patients are considered in a manner that is anything but cookie-cutter. Dr. Rian Maercks views each individual he meets as a unique case that requires a unique treatment plan. He utilizes his attention to detail, artistic vision, and experienced judgement to formulate an exact personalized plan just for you. His focus is on achieving satisfying, natural-looking results that enhance your existing good looks and performing in the safest manner possible. As a board-certified cosmetic, plastic, and reconstructive surgery specialist in Miami, Dr. Maercks finds it very rewarding to see how happy his patients are with their results. Since founding The Maercks Institute in 2009, he has changed the lives of thousands of patients. They come to him with an issue, and he determines the best way to go about solving it. Why not see what Dr. Maercks can do for you at his boutique practice in Miami? To schedule your blepharoplasty consultation, please contact us.

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Is eyelid surgery covered by health insurance?

Eyelid surgery is not typically covered by medical or vision insurance, as it’s usually a strictly cosmetic procedure. That said, it’s always a good idea to call your insurance company to check just in case. For example, the procedure may be partially covered if your vision is being impaired by sagging eyelid skin.

At what point should I get eyelid surgery?

There is no “right” age to undergo eyelid surgery. If your eyelids are bothering you, the best thing you can do is to schedule a consultation to see what a professional suggests. Sometimes the issues can be corrected non-surgically. Or, if they can’t, you can see what blepharoplasty could do for you, and make an educated decision from there.

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