Are You Awake During Blepharoplasty Surgery?
While Dr. Leong only performs Lower Blepharoplasty in the operating room, Upper Blepharoplasty is a procedure that can be safely completed in one of our Pittsburgh outpatient offices.
Many of you may be wondering what the term “Blepharoplasty” means. In simplest terms, this is the name for an eyelid lift. Eyelid surgery can be performed on both the upper and lower eyelids to remove excess skin as well as fat pads. During Upper Blepharoplasty, Dr. Leong can remove sagging skin that may have increased with age, causing somewhat of a “hood” over the eye. This procedure leaves patients with a more youthful and open-eyed appearance. In some cases, in addition to skin, Dr. Leong will remove some of the fat in the upper eyelid.
Upper Blepharoplasty takes about 40 minutes to complete on both eyelids and you should expect to spend a few hours at the office. Long-lasting local anesthesia is used in combination with oral sedation to achieve patient comfort when done in our outpatient offices. Since the patient is not fully sedated under general anesthesia, Dr. Leong can make detailed adjustments along the crease of the eyelid which leads to more accurate results.
Upper Blepharoplasty can be done in the OR if the patient prefers. For example, if the patient wishes to have a facelift at the same time as an upper of lower blepharoplasty, this would generally be done under anesthesia in the operating room. We can discuss your options and answer any question that you may have during the consultation process
Call or email our Patient Care Coordinator today for more information.