Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty is performed to remove excess skin and/or fat around the eyes.  Eyelid skin is normally smooth, but with time the eyelid tissues stretch and the muscles weaken. This can leave eyelids looking puffy and wrinkly.  Patients may also notice that they appear unhappy or tired.  An outpatient eyelid blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) will address these issues and help to restore a more youthful, rested and natural appearance.

What can I expect? 

Dr. Jennifer Hui will meet with you to discuss your goals and concerns and develop a customized surgical plan.  Surgery is performed on an outpatient basis in the office or in an outpatient surgery center.  She will help you determine the most appropriate setting for your procedure.  The eyelids are numbed with a local anesthetic.  The incision in the upper eyelid will be hidden in your natural crease.  If needed, fat will be removed through this same incision.  In the lower eyelid, the fat may be removed through an incision placed inside the eyelid.  Skin may be removed through an incision placed in your natural lower lid laugh lines.  With blepharoplasty, the stitches are dissolvable and we ask that you avoid strenuous activity for one week after surgery.  Most patients find that their swelling and bruising improve greatly after two weeks, but healing is dependent upon each individual.  Once healing is complete, the goal is a natural, refreshed appearance.

Special consideration must be taken in some cases. 

  • Male blepharoplasty  The male eyelid differs from that of the female. Dr. Hui will take care to carefully plan the placement of your incision in the upper eyelid (the crease is lower in men than in women). A more conservative approach is undertaken with men to avoid a feminized look. The goal, as with all eyelid surgery, is a natural appearance that is congruent with a person’s specific desire.
  • Asian blepharoplasty  The Asian eyelid requires extra attention to detail. The crease is lower, and the lid in general has a fuller appearance. Asians often have more fat in the eyelids, and maintaining this natural appearance is the key to a pleasing outcome. Dr. Hui will take the time to carefully examine your eyelids and discuss your goals. Together, you will develop a customized surgical plan to help you achieve your vision.

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Dr. Jennifer Hui is a board certified oculoplastic surgeon providing state of the art treatments for eyelid surgery and other facial rejuvenation procedures.

FAQ’s

An oculoplastic surgeon specializes in surgery of the eyelids and orbit (tissues around the eye) and the lacrimal system (tear duct system). After medical school, a one year internship and three year residency in Ophthalmology (eye surgery) are completed. An additional two year fellowship in Oculoplastic surgery gives your surgeon the intricate knowledge of eyelid, orbital and lacrimal anatomy that is required for an optimal outcome. Dr. Hui is a board certified Ophthalmologist and a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (a very select group of approximately 1,000 Oculoplastic surgeons in the United States).
Dr. Hui will meet with you personally to discuss your goals. After a review of your history and an examination, she will recommend the optimal plan for you. Dr. Hui personally performs all surgeries and cosmetic procedures (filler and Botox). We have a small close knit office, and the staff and I are in constant communication to take the best care of you possible.
Surgery may be performed in the office with local anesthesia or at an outpatient surgery center with intravenous sedation. Dr. Hui will help you determine the ideal location for your procedure after your first meeting.
In most cases, after a week of light activity (no strenuous exercise OR heavy lifting), you are able to return to your usual activities. Dr. Hui will review the recommendations for your particular procedure after she reviews your history and the treatment plan.

In most cases, patients do not take any post-operative pain medication, or Tylenol. If needed, additional pain medication may be prescribed.

Dr. Hui will examine your surgical sites and assess your healing. Any specific concerns will be addressed and post-operative care tailored to your particular needs. In most cases, dissolving sutures are used. However, if non dissolving sutures are used, she will remove those 1-2 weeks after surgery.

In some cases, insurance MAY cover some of your surgical procedures IF deemed medically necessary. Dr. Hui will evaluate your history particular case and discuss if insurance coverage may be possible.

A few happy clients

I had a great experience!

From my first office visit to my surgery I was treated with great care. Dr. Hui and her staff made me feel very comfortable and very at ease. Thank you for everything.

J.T.

Dr. Hui and her staff are exceptional!

I had the best experience ever! She is very knowledgeable and helpful and her staff is very professional. I am very pleased with the results and will definitely see her again in the future.

M.H.