Zoran Potparic

Eyelid surgery

People with heavy, puffy upper eyelids, usually with skin folds hanging over eyelashes, are candidates for eyelid surgery. The same group of patients frequently has heavy, swollen, and darker lower eyelids with deep grooves (tear troughs) separating their eyelids from their cheeks.

Corrective eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, may be performed by Dr. Zoran Potparic on upper or lower eyelids, or both, for patients in Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

Bring your eyelid lift needs to Dr. Zoran Potparic in Fort Lauderdale. For a free eyelid surgery consultation, please call (954) 779-2777 or contact us online.

Before & After Upper & Lower Eyelid Surgery

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In a typical eyelid surgery, excess skin and muscle are removed from the eyelid, as are localized fat deposits. This brightens the appearance of the eyes, diminishes heavy wrinkling around the eyes, and improves balance with the brow and cheeks.

Additional procedures, such as canthopexy or ptosis repair and correction of the tear-trough deformity, may be done. Fat grafts, Botox, and soft tissue fillers are frequently combined with eyelid surgery.

  • Type of anesthesia: local or twilight
  • Duration of surgery: 1 to 3 hours
  • Surgical facility: AAAA-certified Ambulatory Surgery Center, outpatient surgery center
  • Recovery time: 1 to 3 weeks
  • Discomfort: Mild (red, burning eyes)
  • Removal of stitches: 3 to 5 days, or resorbable sutures may be used

Upper eyelid surgery

Excess skin on the upper eyelids creates hooding and sagging, which gives eyes the appearance of a tired and sad expression. Sometimes it may even obstruct a visual field. In an upper blepharoplasty-better known as upper eyelid surgery-redundant skin is removed, as is a minimal portion of the underlying muscle.

Deep fat deposits in the eyelid areas close to the nose are removed, which creates a smooth transition from upper eyelid to brow.

In some instances, usually in older patients, one or both eyelids are droopy (a condition known as eyelid ptosis). Dr. Potparic can correct this deformity at his Fort Lauderdale practice with ptosis surgery, which creates symmetric upper eyelids. Ptosis can be performed simultaneously with upper blepharoplasty.

  • Type of anesthesia: local or twilight
  • Duration of surgery: 1 to 1.5 hours
  • Surgical facility: AAAA-certified Ambulatory Surgery Center, outpatient surgery center
  • Recovery time: 1 to 2 weeks
  • Discomfort: none
  • Suture removal: 3 to 4 days, or resorbable sutures may be used

Ptosis repair

Eyelid ptosis-also known as abnormal drooping of the upper eyelid or lids-may be seen in people of any age, from birth to 90 years old. Eyelid surgery procedures to correct this condition differ depending on the cause of the deformity, but all of them have a common goal: to set upper eyelids in a symmetric position and provide unobstructed vision.

The most common cause behind patients requesting upper eyelid surgery is the detachment of a muscle known as levator palpebrae. Repair can be achieved through an upper eyelid incision, so both cosmetic upper blepharoplasty and ptosis repair can be performed simultaneously. In patients who require ptosis repair, upper blepharoplasty may be done as an additional cosmetic procedure to improve balance and rejuvenate the periorbital area.

  • Type of anesthesia: local or twilight
  • Duration of surgery: 1 to 1.5 hours
  • Surgical facility: AAAA-certified Ambulatory Surgery Center, outpatient surgery center
  • Recovery time: 1 to 2 weeks
  • Discomfort: none to mild
  • Removal of stitches: 3 to 5 days
Dr. Zoran Potparic

Dr. Zoran Potparic

Dr. Zoran Potparic is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has helped many plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery patients correct deformities and achieve desired results in the Fort Lauderdale and Miami area.

Lower eyelid surgery

Puffy, swollen lower eyelids with deep grooves and dark circles are seen as signs of aging, depression, and illness in our society. Significant improvement in rejuvenating lower eyelids and cheeks may be achieved with eyelid surgery known as lower blepharoplasty. Although different techniques may be used to correct any of these deformities, they all have one thing in common: removal and tightening of the lower eyelid skin and muscle with correction of deep fat compartments. This can be achieved with an incision placed just below the eyelashes or, in some patients, inside of the eyelid (a procedure known as transconjuctival blepharoplasty). Excess fat may be either removed or moved into a new position to correct the deep grooves below the lower eyelids (known as the tear trough).

Before & After Lower Eyelid Surgery

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Additional eye surgery procedures such as canthopexy, fat grafts, soft tissue fillers, cheek implants, and a facelift, neck lift, and brow lift can be performed at the same time.

  • Type of anesthesia: local or twilight
  • Duration of surgery: 1 to 2 hours
  • Surgical facility: AAAA-certified Ambulatory Surgery Center, outpatient surgery center
  • Recovery time: 1 to 3 weeks
  • Discomfort: none to mild
  • Removal of stitches: 3 to 5 days, resorbable sutures may be used

Canthopexy and canthoplasty eyelid surgery

In order to produce the desired youthful shape of the eye fissure, it is sometimes necessary to strengthen the eyelid attachments to the bone and tighten the lid. Generally, the tendency is to change from rounded to a more youthful elliptical (almond) shape.

The two most common related eyelid surgery procedures performed are canthopexy (tightening) and canthoplasty (shortening of the eyelid) depending on the degree of eyelid laxity as well as eye prominence. These procedures are commonly used in lower blepharoplasty in order to avoid postoperative abnormalities of the eye fissure.

  • Type of anesthesia: local or twilight
  • Duration of surgery: 1 hour
  • Surgical facility: AAAA-certified Ambulatory Surgery Center, outpatient surgery center
  • Recovery time: 1 to 2 weeks
  • Discomfort: none to mild
  • Removal of stitches: 3 to 5 days

Learn more about eyelid surgery

Dr. Zoran Potparic offers free consultations and welcomes patients interested in a quality eyelid surgery in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Boca Raton to ask any questions they might have. Before and after pictures are available for visual reference during the consultation. For more information, or to set up your free eyelid surgery consultation, call (954) 779-2777 or contact us online.

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