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In my Louisville Cosmetic Surgery practice I see a lot of patients considering what we call an upper lid Blepharoplasty. This is an eyelid lift and what it does is remove the excess skin of the upper lid that hoods over the eye lashes.

The problem is, a lot patients really need a brow lift instead. Anatomically what we refer to as the ‘brow’ is basically your forehead. When the forehead droops it causes the skin of the upper eyelid to droop. So, a lot of the times if you lift the forehead, that will eliminate the ‘excess’ skin on the upper lid. 

If you upper lids are making you look tired and you have been considering an eyelid lift, maybe it’s not your eyelids after all.

Lee Corbett, MD

Here in my Louisville Plastic Surgery office we are seeing our usual “Spring Rush”.  More than ever, it seems like patients are wanting to do more than one operation simultaneously. Common examples are a Louisville facelift with a blepharoplasty or a Louisville Breast Reduction with a Lousiville Tummy Tuck.

My opinion on combining procedures is based on many factors. First, I look at your overall health status. Secondly, I look at the scope of the procedures we are planning and their physiological impact, and finally we need to consider how much time it will take to get you in and out of the O.R.

My advice is to come in for a consultation, let me see your “wish list”, then we’ll take a look at your starting point. I can then map out a plan and we can then decide the feasability. Our consultations are complimentary.

Lee Corbett, MD

Louisville KY. Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon

This is a tough one and my answer changes but today it’s an upper lid Louisville Blepharoplasty. I did a few this past week and am always amazed at what a great operation it is.

Why? Several reasons.

 First, the operation requires the use of fine instrumentation, which I love! Second, everyone looks better and they look better immediately. You don’t have to wait a long time for the swelling to go down, bruising to go away etc… Third, the recovery isn’t bad. Most patients complain of little to no discomfort.

In addition, the operation is quick, the complication rate is very, very low and the patient satisfaction rate is very high.

Louisville Blepharoplasties are often combined with Louisville facelifts and Louisville Browlifts.

Lee Corbett, MD

A Louisville Blepharoplasty is a procedure that improves the appearance of the eyelids.

On the upper lid this usually means removing excess skin and maybe some fat. On the lower lids this usually entails smooting out the ‘bags’ we get under our eyes and smoothing out some of the laxity.

What a blepharoplasty will not do is change the quality of the skin that is  left behind when the excess is removed. In other words, if the skin of the lids is covered with fine wrinkles these will be there after. We cannot remove so much skin that we can pull it tight. If we did this you would be left with a big problem called an ectropion. We can do it on a tummy tuck but not on eyelids.

If your skin is like this, laser skin resurfacing is your answer. This is something your Plastic Surgeon will help you figure out.

Lee Corbett, MD