Blepharoplasty Was One of the Most Popular Procedures in 2011

According to recently released figures from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, blepharoplasty was the fourth most popular surgical cosmetic procedure of 2011. More than 147,000 blepharoplasty operations were performed in the U.S. last year, and many surgeons have seen an increase in the number of patients asking for treatment on this particular part of the face.

Below, a patient of Dr. Taban’s who has undergone blepharoplasty.

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Many individuals are concerned about their appearance, and often focus on their eyes when they start to notice signs of aging. With an aging baby boomer generation, facial rejuvenation procedures in general, and eye and eyelid procedures in particular, are becoming increasingly common.

With more and more people experiencing dropping upper eyelids or bags on their lower lids, potential patients want to know if they are suitable candidates for blepharoplasty.

If you have excess, sagging, or wrinkled upper eyelid skin, you are likely a good candidate for this type of procedure. The same is true if you have excess upper eyelid skin that interferes with vision, if you have lost your natural upper eyelid crease, or if you have puffy pouches of fat in the upper eyelids that create a tired or aged appearance.

The procedure itself is done on an outpatient basis, under local anesthesia or conscious sedation. Dr. Taban makes the incisions where the natural crease should be, and the excess skin is removed.

When choosing a surgeon, look for a cosmetic and reconstructive facial surgeon who specializes in the eyelids, orbit, and tear drain system. Your surgeon’s membership in the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) indicates that he or she is not only a board certified ophthalmologist who knows the anatomy and structure of the eyelids and orbit, but also has had extensive training in ophthalmic plastic reconstructive and cosmetic surgery.