What is a Blepharoplasty?
A blepharoplasty is a type of surgery that corrects droopy or puffy eyelids by removing extra skin, muscle or fat. With time and age, eyelid tissue stretches, loosens and drops. As a result, skin can fold back on itself and fat can bulge forward causing a puffy, tired and more aged appearance. The good news is that surgical correction of these changes in the upper eyelids can often be performed in a 30-minute office procedure resulting in a refreshed, more youthful appearance while maintaining a very natural look. Patients often find their friends notice they look more youthful but cannot pinpoint why. Despite being a relatively short procedure, understanding how to achieve the desired cosmetic result is complex. Incision placement and understanding how much of which tissue to take and from where are all nuanced surgical decisions best performed by someone who specializes in rejuvenating the eyelid region.
What are the Benefits of a Blepharoplasty?
The Oculoplastic Surgery subspecialty focuses on cosmetic and reconstructive aspects of the eyelids and face, along with disorders of the lacrimal (tearing) system and orbit (the bony cavity surrounding the eye). Oculoplastic surgeons spend the first three years of training in ophthalmology mastering the care of the eye and surrounding tissues, then spend an additional two years concentrating on plastic surgery techniques involving the full face. This combination of training allows oculoplastic surgeons to maximize aesthetic results while always assuring the health and safety of the eyes. Most would agree that the eyes are the center of focus on the face, and no other type of cosmetic surgeon has as much experience in rejuvenating the eyes and surrounding areas.
Who Can Perform a Blepharoplasty?
Dr. Callahan is board certified in Ophthalmology and fellowship trained and certified in oculoplastic surgery by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS). ASOPRS requires members to first complete a two year approved fellowship training program then pass a written and oral examination and write a scientific thesis on original research. Only 20 or so surgeons are trained each year and only approximately 700 members worldwide have passed all criteria and become certified.