Lower Eyelid Plastic Surgery
Dr. Ahn only performs cosmetic surgery on the face and neck. He has perfected his unique method for rejuvenating the lower eyelids: The “Trans-Pinch Blepharoplasty with Fat Removal.” To his knowledge, no one performs lower eyelids lifts in the same, least invasive manner. Dr. Ahn will combine surgery with other treatments (laser, fat transfer) for best results. He has an accredited, private office surgical suite located in the greater Boston area, central to all of New England.
Dr. Ahn’s lower eyelid lifting approach emphasizes the following principles:
- Natural looking results
- Minimal risk of looking over-operated or hollow
- Minimal risk of causing lower eyelid weakness
(the puppy dog look)
Who is a candidate for lower eyelid surgery and why do they have it done?
- For Dr. Ahn, the ideal candidate has realistic expectations, does not want to look like a different person and simply wants to look fresher, in a natural way. Generally, that person is someone in good general health between the ages of 30 and 70.
- Puffy lower eyelids can make you look tired.
- Women and men in their 30’s and 40’s are often first concerned about their lower eyes.
- Blepharoplasty, cosmetic eyelid surgery, corrects these problems and is often performed on both upper and lower eyelids together.
How does Dr. Ahn create such natural looking lower eyelid lift results?
(Highlights of his lower eyelid lift technique)
- Dr. Ahn’s lower eyelid lift technique was developed by him approximately 15 years ago.
- It is known as the “trans pinch blepharoplasty with fat removal” technique.
- To his knowledge, this technique is not performed by any of his colleagues.
How does it differ?
The most traditional technique (skin muscle flap) creates a deep incision through the skin and muscle, leading to the possibility of lower eyelid weakness or rounding (the puppy dog look).
The more commonly performed technique, called the transconjunctival blepharoplasty with pinch skin removal, creates two incisions, one below the eyelashes and another on the back of the eyelid, next to the eyeball. This second incision can often cause postoperative irritation and crusting.
Unlike these two techniques, Dr. Ahn addresses both the extra skin and puffiness through the same, single, incision. This incision is just below the eyelashes and is only through the skin. Because of this, the technique is least invasive, has less swelling, bruising and risks, and has a shorter recovery. The incision typically heals to the point where it is barely, if not visible.
For patients in good general health, all surgeries are performed at the Aesthetic Surgery Center, our on site, private, accredited office-based surgical suite. The Aesthetic Surgery Center is accredited by the Joint Commission (JCAHO), which is the accrediting agency for hospitals and outpatient surgical facilities.
All procedures at the Aesthetic Surgery Center are performed under intravenous sedation, also known as “twilight anesthesia.” We feel that procedures performed under twilight anesthesia are safer (without the risks of general anesthesia) and lead to a quicker and easier recovery.
Recovery after Lower Eyelid Lift
Immediately after the surgery a certain degree of swelling and redness is normal. Cold compresses, as well as head elevation when lying down, will speed healing and relieve discomfort. The lower eyelid sutures dissolve after several days and do not need to be removed. Most people are able to appear in public within and week with a little cover-up makeup. Depending on how quickly you recover, you may expect to resume light activity within a week to 10 days and start enjoying your new look within approximately 10-14 days.
If you have a special event planned, Dr. Ahn advises that you allow at least 3-4 weeks of recovery before the event.