As a blepharoplasty expert, Dr. Parfitt helps patients to improve or correct drooping lids, reduce under-eye puffiness and soften wrinkles. Dr. Parfitt has performed hundreds of eyelid surgery procedures, also known as blepharoplasty, for men and women across the country to enhance and improve the way they look.
Eyelids are typically the first facial feature that begin to show signs of aging. Droopy or loose eyelids make you look older, more tired and can even effect your vision. Dr. Parfitt can perform eyelid surgery on your upper or lower eyelids to give you a more rested, youthful appearance. Upper lid surgery is usually done at the same time as the lower lid surgery but either one can be done as an isolated procedure, or in conjunction with facelift, brow lift or other surgery.
As with any elective surgical procedure, realistic expectations and good health are prerequisites. Men and women can both be candidates for eyelid surgery.
The upper and lower eyelids may contain wrinkles, loose skin and under eye bags due to either hereditary factors or the aging process. Blepharoplasty will remove excess fat and skin from both upper and lower eyelids. The result is a refreshed, younger appearance.
Your consultation with Dr. Parfitt will help you decide on the type of surgery that best addresses your concerns. He will determine if blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is the best procedure to achieve your facial harmony.
If you are interested in blepharoplasty, your choice of a board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon is extremely important. During your consultation, Dr. Parfitt will ask questions concerning your vision, use of lenses and tear production, examine your eyes, and also obtain a medical history, so he can consider any medical conditions that may heighten any risk. Dr. Parfitt will weigh other factors that could influence the results of surgery such as skin type, age, degree of vision obstruction, ethnicity and your expectations of surgery. Once you and Dr. Parfitt arrive at a mutual understanding and trust, he will tailor a treatment plan that is best suited to you.
At your consultation you will receive detailed information of the following:
– Surgical procedure(s)
– Technique indicated
– Type of anesthesia
– Risks involved
– Middleton/Madison on-site surgical facility
– Additional surgery recommendations
– Scheduling and booking options
– Financing policies
– Surgical quote of costs involved
Blepharoplasty procedures will be performed at our Madison on-site surgical facility. Twilight anesthesia, also known as IV sedation, is used for eyelid surgeries. In surgery of the upper eyelid, Dr. Parfitt first measures and marks along natural lines, folds, and creases of the lids in order to keep the scars as invisible as possible. Through this incision, excess loose skin, muscle, and fat are removed. Very fine sutures are used to close the incisions, thereby minimizing any scar visibility.
In lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Parfitt makes the incision in an unnoticeable line that is located right next to the lash line of the lower lid. Excess fat is then precisely measured and removed, which reduces puffiness under the eyes. Fine clear sutures are used and dissolve within 7-12 days, leaving no visible scar.
Most patients say there is little or no pain in the postoperative period. Varying degrees of swelling and/or bruising follows each operation, most of which usually subsides within 7-10 days. To minimize any bruising or swelling, the eyes are covered with cold compresses during the first 2 days. An ointment to prevent dryness of the eye area may be used for a while following eyelid surgery. A certain amount of bruising or swelling is normal, but this is often minimal. Head elevation when lying down, as well as the cold compresses, help enhance healing and relieve discomfort.
For a week following blepharoplasty, you will clean the eye area (the eyes may feel heavy, dry, and perhaps a little itchy). Eye drops might be prescribed. Dr. Parfitt will identify environments and activities during the healing period that you should avoid. Upper eyelid stitches will be removed 6 days post surgery. Sutures will dissolve on their own. All patients are required to follow the post-operative instructions to ensure better healing and to reduce any possible complications.
Facial plastic surgery patients in the Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin, and Chicago, Illinois areas may find that they enjoy the option to return home the same day of surgery and take the short drive back to our office the next day for a post operative check up. Patients with long commutes may enjoy one of our private recovery suite accommodations, or local hotel nearby so that the drive is avoided. Post operative appointments after blepharoplasty are required at day 1 and day 6 post procedure.
Whether you are having surgery for cosmetic or functional reasons, choosing a qualified and certified Facial Plastic Surgeon is of paramount importance. Dr. Parfitt is a double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, which means he has extra years of surgical and reconstructive training. Dr. Parfitt has dedicated his entire private practice to cosmetic facial plastic surgery. Dr. Parfitt has over 20 years of experience and extensive knowledge of facial anatomy, specializing only in cosmetic procedures of the head and neck. When making your decision to have surgery, you can ensure that he is highly qualified and a skilled expert to perform your chosen procedure.
Most patients return to normal activities 2 weeks after surgery.
With an upper blepharoplasty, very fine sutures are used to close the incisions, therefore minimizing any scar visibility. With a lower blepharoplasty surgery, a single suture is then used to close this incision. This incision leaves no visible scar.
Although pain is minimal, discomfort is part of the recovery process from eyelid surgery. Over the counter pain medication may be provided if needed.
Consultations with Dr. Parfitt can take place at either of our office locations in Middleton or Appleton, Wisconsin. If you are an out-of-town patient, Dr. Parfitt offers Skype virtual consultations. If you are interested in a consultation about facial cosmetic surgery with Dr. Parfitt, please call our office at 888.389.3223 or contact us online.
The combination of surgical and non-surgical procedures performed at Parfitt Facial Cosmetic Surgery Center and AestheticA Skin Health Center will improve the overall appearance with a refreshed, younger look, but the skin texture and longevity are also very important and can be enhanced with nonsurgical treatments and skin care.
The cost of blepharoplasty varies depending on the techniques and the amount of correction needed for the procedure. Depending on a patient’s facial anatomy, a variety of factors go into achieving an realistic and excellent result. A surgical quote will be presented during your consultation. If you are interested in a price range for a specific procedure, please call Dr. Parfitt’s Surgical Coordinator, Angela at 888.389.3223.
Facial plastic surgery with Dr. Richard Parfitt can make it possible to correct many undesirable facial features that can often undermine one’s self-esteem and self-confidence. If you would like more information or are interested in a facial cosmetic procedure, schedule a consultation today with Dr. Parfitt at one of our Wisconsin office locations in Madison or Appleton by calling 888.389.3223.