Cosmetic Surgery

At Gulf Coast Eye Center, our highly qualified, experienced doctors perform a variety of cosmetic procedures to help our patients look their best. To learn more about each procedure, see below.

Through modern techniques and advances in an eyelid rejuvenation procedure called blepharoplasty, we can help restore a more youthful, alert, and healthy look to your droopy eyes. Sometimes referred to as a “mini facelift,” blepharoplasty has become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for both men and women because of its high level of patient satisfaction. Blepharoplasty can be performed on both the upper and lower eyelids.

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Blepharoplasty is for those who:

  • have eyelids encroaching on their field of vision
  • want to reduce loose skin over their eyes or bags under their eyes

Before surgery:

Your doctor will evaluate the condition and health of your eyes. Specifics regarding your vision, tear production, use of contact lenses, use of medications, and personal expectations will be discussed. This information, along with other factors such as age, skin type, and ethnic background will allow both you and your surgeon to come to a mutual decision. A plan will be discussed regarding the surgical technique, amount of surgery, and type of anesthesia to be used.

What to expect on procedure day:

You will arrive 30-60 minutes prior to your procedure. Once you have been checkedin and settled comfortably, you will be prepared for surgery. Blepharoplasty is generally performed using a local anesthetic. You may be given a mild sedative to help you relax.

If you are having surgery performed on your upper eyelids, your surgeon will remove the excess skin, muscle, and fatty tissue that have accumulated in the inside corner of your eye, next to your nose. The incisions will be made along the natural folds in your skin so that as the incisions heal, they become difficult, if not impossible, to see.

If your surgery is on your lower eyelids, your surgeon will make the incision inside or behind the eyelid (providing there is not too much excess skin). This technique is called a transconjunctival blepharoplasty, which allows the removal of fatty deposits while avoiding the need for an external incision. If you have excessive skin or muscle folds below the eye, an incision may also be made just below the base of the eyelashes. As this incision heals, the fine scar should become barely visible.

After the procedure you will need to have someone drive you home. You may experience some bruising and swelling for a week to a month after the surgery, longer in some cases. Cold compresses and head elevation will help reduce these effects. Your doctor may also recommend eye ointments and/or eye drops to keep the eye moist and clean.

Postoperative discomfort is usually relatively mild, but your eyes may feel sticky, dry, and itchy for a week or so after the procedure. You will need to take special care in cleaning around your eyes for the first week or two.

Stitches are usually removed within five to ten days after surgery. Self-absorbing stitches will dissolve on their own. Make-up or sunglasses may be used to camouflage temporary bruising after the stitches are removed.

Expectations:

The decision to have blepharoplasty is an important one that only you can make. The vast majority of our patients are extremely happy with their appearance after blepharoplasty; however, we cannot guarantee you will have the results you desire. Although the positive effects on your appearance from having blepharoplasty are immediate, your results will not be considered final for up to a year as the healing process continues.

Serious complications with blepharoplasty are extremely rare, but, like any surgical procedure it does have some risks. If you decide that blepharoplasty is an option for you, you will be given additional information about the procedure that will allow you to make an informed decision about whether or not to proceed. Be sure you have all of your questions answered to your satisfaction.

Blepharoplasty is generally considered a cosmetic procedure, and most insurance companies will not pay for the procedure. However, if your eyelids are encroaching upon your field of vision, the procedure may be covered as “medically necessary” surgery. We would be happy to contact your insurance carrier to determine if they cover the procedure.

Botox injection is a revolutionary wrinkle reduction procedure that can reduce or eliminate wrinkles in the upper third of the face, including forehead lines, frown lines between the eyebrows and crow’s feet around the eyes. It is not surgery. There is no chance of scarring. It is safe, and you can resume all of your activities immediately after treatment.

Botox is a protein that weakens and inactivates muscles that wrinkle the skin. Initially used back in 1973 to relax overactive eye muscles that cause crossed eyes and facial tics, Botox has since gained popularity to treat a number of muscular diseases and for use as a cosmetic agent. When Botox is injected in extremely small doses directly into a specific muscle, it blocks the signals from the brain from reaching the muscle. As the muscle weakens, the skin overlying the muscle relaxes, and the wrinkles caused by muscle contractions soften and often disappear.

Botox, when used in these extremely small doses, has a high level of safety. Since Botox proteins are only attracted to muscles, it has no effect on the central nervous system or on the body if injected into a nerve or a blood vessel. And, because of the muscle’s ability to repair itself through the formation of new muscle fibers, complete recovery is possible.

Ask your doctor to determine if you are a candidate for Botox injection. Since every individual is unique and has special needs, a personal consultation will be necessary. Together, you and your doctor will determine the number and regularity of treatments best for you. Women who are pregnant or nursing are not candidates for this procedure. Additionally, patients with certain neuromuscular diseases or patients taking certain medications may not be suitable candidates. It is important that you disclose all relevant medical information to your doctor during the consultation.

Botox injection can be performed in an examination room environment. The number of injections depends on the amount of area being treated. Because of the use of a micro-needle and extremely small amounts of liquid, any stinging sensation is minimal and subsides quickly. Ice compresses may also be used before and after treatment to minimize discomfort.

Side effects of Botox injection are minimal. Because the protein does not affect the nerves, there is no numbness in the the area of the injections and muscles related to other facial expressions are rarely affected. One or two patients in every hundred may experience a temporary drooping in the eyelids, but this usually goes away in a week or two. Slight bruising can also occur around the injection sites, which can usually be covered with make-up. Some patients may also experience a mild headache for a while.

The effects of the initial injections are not seen for three or four days and will not be complete for about two weeks. Repeat injections may be recommended every three or four months during the first year to keep the muscles blocked and allow the skin to smooth out. After the first set of treatments, you will need to return only when you notice a return in muscle movement which may not occur for seven months or more. As these muscles are inactive over time, patients are often broken of the bad frowning habits, which further prolongs the effect.

Hundreds of thousands of men and woman have already experienced the rejuvenating effects of Botox injection. If you are in good health, have god skin tone and realistic expectations, Botox injection may be your answer to a more youthful and healthy appearance.