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Revitalize Lower Eyelid Appearance in Boston

This procedure is often sought by individuals who experience issues such as sagging or drooping of the lower eyelid, which can result from aging, facial palsy, or other medical conditions. At the Hadlock Center for Facial Plastic Surgery in Boston, we offer expert lower eyelid surgery to enhance both the aesthetics and functionality of the lower eyelids.

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What is Lower Eyelid Support Surgery?

Our lower eyelid surgery in Boston is a meticulous and precise procedure aimed at addressing various concerns related to the lower eyelid. It is performed to correct issues such as lower eyelid laxity, ectropion (outward turning of the eyelid), entropion (inward turning of the eyelid), and lower eyelid retraction (a condition where the lower eyelid appears too low or out of position). These problems can not only affect the appearance of the eyes but may also lead to discomfort, excessive tearing, and dry eye symptoms.

Advanced Techniques to Restore Lower Eyelids in Boston

During the surgery, Dr. Tessa Hadlock, a renowned facial plastic surgeon and professor at Harvard Medical School, will create small incisions in the lower eyelid area. Depending on the patient's specific needs, the surgery may involve repositioning and tightening the eyelid muscles, using graft materials, or other customized techniques to restore the natural position and function of the lower eyelid. The goal is to create a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance while ensuring the eyelid functions properly.

What to Expect From Your Lower Blepharoplasty Procedure

One of the unique aspects of lower blepharoplasty in Boston at the Hadlock Center for Facial Plastic Surgery is that it is performed as an in-office procedure without the need for general anesthesia or sedation. Dr. Hadlock uses just local anesthetic injections to ensure your comfort throughout the surgery. This approach not only enhances safety but also minimizes downtime and allows you to return to your daily activities faster.

The procedure typically takes about 60 to 90 minutes, allowing the patient to return home the same day. During the recovery period, you may experience mild to moderate discomfort, but this is usually temporary and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. Swelling and bruising are common but will subside within a week or two.

Dr. Hadlock offers comprehensive post-operative care to monitor your progress and address any concerns. Sutures used in the procedure are typically absorbable, with no need for suture removal. Most patients are able to resume their regular routines within a couple of weeks, although you should avoid strenuous activities during healing.

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Am I a candidate for lower eyelid support surgery?

Patients experiencing sagging lower eyelids, ectropion, entropion, or lower eyelid retraction issues will all be excellent candidates for lower eyelid support surgery. In general, ideal candidates are in good mental and physical health and do not currently suffer from any untreated medical problems. They are non-smokers or are willing to quit for around 4-6 weeks before and after surgery. Patients with dry eye disease, diabetes, or glaucoma may not qualify to undergo lower eyelid surgery. Dr. Hadlock will conduct a thorough consultation to ensure that the procedure will be safe and effective for you.

What are the benefits of lower eyelid support surgery? 

When performed by an aesthetic expert such as Dr. Hadlock in Boston, lower eyelid support surgery comes with a wide array of functional and cosmetic benefits. These include:

  • Enhances lower eyelid function
  • Enhances lower eyelid comfort
  • Improves the aesthetic appearance of the lower lids
  • Long-lasting outcome
  • Enhances confidence and quality of life

What is recovery like after lower eyelid support surgery?

After surgery, you may experience a feeling of tightness in the lower eyelids as well as temporary blurred vision. These side effects will diminish over the course of several weeks. Dr. Hadlock will provide detailed aftercare instructions along with prescription pain medications to ensure your recovery process is stress-free. You will need to follow all instructions carefully and apply the suggested ointments daily to prevent dry skin around the incisions. 

Be careful not to rub, touch, or pick at your incisions. While you will be able to take gentle walks after surgery, avoid strenuous activity until cleared by Dr. Hadlock at around 3-5 weeks. Always wear sunglasses when you go outside to protect the eyes from harmful UV rays. Dr. Hadlock will schedule you for regular follow-up visits to ensure your recovery is progressing smoothly and without incident.

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Why Choose the Hadlock Center for Lower Eyelid Support Surgery?

Dr. Tessa Hadlock, a pioneer in the field of facial nerve surgery and reconstruction, leads the Hadlock Center for Facial Plastic Surgery. Her extensive experience, exceptional clinical skills, and dedication to her patients have led to a reputation as being among the leading authorities in the field. Dr. Hadlock is recognized for her contributions to facial nerve function and recovery scales, and she has authored many scientific articles.

One of the standout features of the Hadlock Center is the commitment to providing patients with safe, minimally invasive procedures that yield natural and refined results. Dr. Hadlock offers lower blepharoplasty as an in-office procedure, eliminating the need for general anesthesia or sedation. This approach not only enhances safety but also offers a convenient and efficient option for patients seeking to improve their lower eyelid aesthetics and function.

Choose Us for Excellence

If you're considering lower eyelid support surgery to enhance your lower eyelid appearance and function, the Hadlock Center for Facial Plastic Surgery is the ideal choice. Dr. Hadlock's expertise, dedication to patient care, and commitment to achieving the best possible outcomes make the practice a trusted destination for those who seek superior facial plastic surgery services and results.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and discover how lower blepharoplasty in Boston at the Hadlock Center can rejuvenate your appearance and enhance your quality of life.

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Lower Eyelid Support Surgery FAQ

How long will my lower eyelid support surgery results last?

What risks are associated with lower eyelid support surgery?

Are there any non-surgical alternatives?

Is lower eyelid support surgery painful?

How long will my lower eyelid support surgery results last?

Results after lower eyelid support surgery are generally considered permanent. However, it is critical that you support your outcome by following a healthy lifestyle and staying out of the sun’s harmful UV rays.

What risks are associated with lower eyelid support surgery?

One of the most significant ways you can reduce surgical risks is to choose a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon. Dr. Hadlock is a double-board-certified cosmetic specialist who uses a conservative and precision-oriented approach to optimize your safety and well-being. This being said, all surgeries come with inherent risks. For lower eyelid surgery, these include bleeding, infection, scarring, dryness, asymmetry, and poor aesthetic results. Our team will go over the potential risks of surgery in greater depth during your private consultation in Boston.

Are there any non-surgical alternatives?

In the case of lower eyelid support surgery, there is little that can be done to address concerns such as ectropion, entropion, or lower eyelid retraction issues other than a surgical procedure. If you are interested in non-invasive solutions, speak with Dr. Hadlock during your private consultation.

Is lower eyelid support surgery painful?

Lower eyelid surgery is performed under anesthesia or IV sedation, ensuring that you are completely relaxed and comfortable during the procedure and that you will not feel any pain. After surgery, any pain or soreness is well-managed by prescription medications. You may place a cold compress on the skin to soothe the eyes as well. Our team will follow up with you to make sure your healing process is seamless.

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