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About Eyelid Surgery

The first detectable areas of aging on the face usually involve subtle changes of the upper and lower eyelids, occurring in many woman and men as early as in their thirties.  The effects of aging are seen early in this area because of the unique characteristics of the eyelid skin, vulnerability of underlying support structures, and years of sun exposure and repetitive facial expressions. While BOTOX, injectible soft tissue fillers, laser treatments, and chemical peels cam erase some of the early signs of aging such as crow’s feet and early volume loss, more definitive eyelid rejuvenation is best accomplished with surgery.

Every year, over 100,000 men and women undergo eyelid rejuvenation surgery, also called blepharoplasty, to improve their appearance.  There are many reasons to consider eyelid surgery. Your eyes are an invaluable tool for expressing who you are.  They are the focal point of facial expression and convey a great deal about your mood and feelings in social interactions.  And, in certain cases, eyelid surgery can even help you improve your vision.  If you decide to undergo this procedure, you’ll be reminded of how eyelid surgery keeps you seeing “you” every time you look in the mirror.

Oculoplastics: Eyelid Plastics

At Kellis Eye Center, the goal of oculoplastic surgery is to restore or enhance the normal structures of the eye, resulting in an improvement of patient appearance and self esteem. Drs. Kellis and Johnson believe in a tailored approach to fit each individual patient’s needs and goals, while maintaining the strictest standards of eye care excellence.


What is blepharoplasty?

Pronounced blef-ah-ro-plas-te, this is a type of plastic surgery that is performed on the upper or lower eyelids to remove wrinkles and bulges from around the eyes. Sagging eyebrows or eyelids may be corrected at the same time.

Why is blepharoplasty done?

Blepharoplasty is done to improve visual function and/or cosmetic appearance. Excessive upper eyelid tissue can block the upper part of the visual field. This can be determined by lifting the upper lids with your fingers to see if the upper visual field improves or vision “brightens.” A formal visual field test may be helpful in this situation. The weight of the excess skin can cause eyelashes to turn in and irritate the eye. An excessive number of wrinkled skin folds above the eyes can produce a sagging, tired look that detracts from one’s appearance. In this situation, blepharoplasty may be considered for cosmetic reasons, even though vision is not affected.

Because blepharoplasty can affect the function and lubrication of the eye, a consultation with Dr. Kellis your Cleveland oculoplastic surgeon, a fully trained ophthalmologist, is important. An oculoplastic surgeon is the only surgeon trained specifically to treat the eye. He or she is uniquely qualified to help you decide whether to consider this surgery.

Eyelid Surgery and the CO2 Laser

After the amount of skin and fat (wrinkles and bulges) to be removed has been determined, upper and lower incision lines are marked along the natural skin creases. Incision lines are generally extended into the “crow’s feet” at the outer edge of the eye, so that once healed, the incision lines are less visible. The excess skin and fat are removed and a taut, natural lid crease is reformed by closing the incisions.

Eyelid surgery in Cleveland has been greatly improved by advanced techniques involving the CO2 laser. This laser minimizes bruising, swelling and recovery time experienced with older techniques. In the upper eyelid, the CO2 laser is used to remove the excess amount of skin and fat along the natural eyelid crease line. Once healed, these incision lines are not noticeable, because they are hidden in the natural crease of the eyelid.

In lower lid eye surgery, the lower eyelid incision is made on the inside of the eyelid, enabling the oculoplastic surgeon to remove excess fat without an external incision. Depending on the patient’s particular condition, the CO2 laser can then be utilized in the resurfacing mode to smooth out all fine lines and wrinkles on the lower eyelid.

Learn more about Oculoplastic Surgeons and eyelid surgery with the Laser Eyelid Institute serving the greater Cleveland, Chardon, Youngstown, Sandusky, and Warren, Ohio areas and more.

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Chardon Office

Ophthalmology & Oculoplastic Surgery, Inc.
150 Seventh Ave. Suite 100
Chardon , OH 44024

Sandusky Office

Parschauer Eye Center
2600 Hayes Ave.
Sandusky, OH 44870

Youngstown Office

Eye Care Associates
1075 W. Western Reserve Rd. Poland, OH 44514

Cleveland Office 

University Ophthalmology Associates
1611 South Green Rd. Suite 306C Cleveland, OH 44121

Warren Office

Eye Care Associates
4060 North River Rd. NE
Warren. OH 44484