Eyelid Surgery


One of the first and most noticeable changes with an aging faces occurs around our eyes. Overexposure to the sun, heavy smoking, and even gravity can all contribute to eyelids that are sagging and drooping. Over time, the eyelid skin stretches, muscles around the eyes weaken, and fat begins to accumulate around the eyes, all leading to that tired appearance.

Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, can be performed on the upper and/or lower eyelids. It is procedure used to correct the drooping of the upper lids and the puffy bags below the eyes. A more refreshed appearance is achieved as excess fat is removed and the skin and muscle of the upper and lower eyelids are repositioned. The end result is to give you a firmer and more contoured appearance. In addition, the re-suspending the supporting tissue and muscle back in place ensure the results will be long lasting.

Each person’s eyes are unique and vary by the shape, surrounding muscles, tendons and bony support. Eyelid surgery techniques can also vary from surgeon to surgeon, so best one for you should only be determined after a comprehensive examination and consultation by a qualified physician. Regardless of the technique, the procedure should offer long-lasting effects and should not alter the shape of your eye. Dr. Compton is careful to use techniques that will not reposition the eyes or change their shape. Use of the wrong technique can leave you with scarring, a rounding of the corner of the eye, or eyelids that will not function properly.

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Thanks for the great job you did on me. May the good Lord continue to bless you!

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Before & Afters


droopy eyelids


eyebags removal

This patient was noting drooping eyelids and a tired appearance. She wanted improved appearance around the eyes.
A skin only upper eyelid blepharoplasty was performed which she did well.

Eyelid surgery is an elective surgery and therefore is not covered under health insurance, except in documented cases of ptosis. In the event of ptosis, eyelid surgery can improve eyesight previously compromised by heavy, drooping upper eyelids. An ophthalmologist (eye specialist) can perform a special vision test to determine if this medical problem pertains to you.

What to Expect with Eyelid Surgery

The procedure begins with small incisions made in the natural creases or folds of the eyelids. In some cases, an incision on the undersurface of the lower eyelid can be used to avoid external incisions. The loose skin and extra fat tissue are then carefully removed while the eyelid muscles and supporting tissue are tightened and repositioned. The procedure is complete when the initial incisions are stitched closed.

Your Eyelid Surgery will be performed by Dr. Andrew Compton at Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital, West Bloomfield surgery center or in his office in Troy.

A follow up appointment will be scheduled four-to-seven days post-surgery to have the stitches removed. Some bruising is expected and will be more noticeable within the first week. Although recovery times can vary from person to person, most patients are feeling comfortable within ten days to resume their normal daily activities including work.

A short time after eyelid surgery you will be able to resume wearing makeup and contact lenses. Within a few weeks, the thin surgical scars will become less visible and gradually blend into your eyes’ natural lines. Eventually, the incisions will fade to a thin, nearly invisible line. The results is a more alert and youthful look usually lasts for years, although for many people these results are permanent.

Upper eyelid surgery can be performed in Dr. Compton’s office, while lower eyelid surgery is performed in a surgery center on as an outpatient. With either procedure, the amount of time required to be off-work is normally seven to ten days.

Eyelid surgery can be performed on its own or combined with a facelift or with other enhancing facial procedures. Most often it is accompanied by a brow lift for a complete upper facial rejuvenation to encompass the forehead and upper and lower eyelids.

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