Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) in Seattle
Also serving Bellevue, Kirkland, & Everett
Common complaints of Bellevue / Seattle eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) patients prior to undergoing surgery often include excessive or wrinkled skin of the eyelids, puffy “bags” of the lower eyelids and decreased peripheral vision. Eyelid surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for both males and females and can have a very dramatic effect in restoring a more youthful, rested appearance. When loose folds, sagging skin and bagginess are reduced, the eyes appear brighter and more naturally alert. Blepharoplasty can be performed on either the upper or lower eyelids, or both.
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Asian Eyelid Surgery in Bellevue / Seattle
If your concern is a narrow eye aperture due to a single Asian eyelid, we offer an Asian eyelid procedure (Asian Blepharoplasty) at our state-of-the-art plastic surgery facility. This procedure does not erase your unique and beautiful Asian features, but enhances them by creating an eye that opens more widely.
What other procedures will complement Blepharoplasty?
While eyelid surgery can create a more youthful, less tired appearance, improvement of fine lines in the skin typically requires skin resurfacing. Softening of crow’s feet will usually require Botox injections. Sagging brows and deep horizontal lines of the forehead may necessitate an endoscopic brow lift. Many patients seeking rejuvenation of their lower eyelids actually have significant drooping of the cheek tissues contributing to the lower eyelid “bags”. In that case, Dr. Pratt may add a cheek lift procedure in order to fully rejuvenate the midface.
Good candidates for Blepharoplasty in Seattle / Bellevue
The best candidates for blepharoplasty are physically and emotionally healthy non-smokers who have excess skin and fat, or “bags,” affecting their eyelids. Patients with glaucoma, diabetes, dry eyes, high blood pressure, or thyroid or heart problems should discuss these issues with Dr. Pratt, a highly experienced Seattle eyelid surgery specialist, so that he can evaluate whether you are still an acceptable candidate.
What can I expect during my consultation?
Once you and Dr. Pratt have had a chance to talk about what you are hoping to achieve with surgery, he will examine the problem areas which you hope to improve. Dr. Pratt will assess the skin, muscles, and fat tissues of your eyelids. He will also check your brows and cheeks for “ptosis” (sagging), which may require correction as well. During your consultation with Dr. Pratt, you will find out what kinds of costs are involved and will be given a written price quote. Be sure to discuss your expectations openly and ask as many questions as you need to. This is your chance to discuss your goals and expectations with Dr. Pratt.
What does preparation for my Blepharoplasty entail?
Prior to your surgery, you will attend your preoperative appointment with Dr. Pratt, at least two weeks prior to your surgery date. At that time, our staff will review your consent forms with you, answer any questions you might have, and the risks and benefits of surgery will be thoroughly reviewed. You will be given your prescriptions to be filled prior to your surgery. You will be given a list of medications and supplements to avoid for two weeks before and after surgery. If you are a smoker, you will be instructed to stop smoking at least two weeks prior to surgery. You should not smoke for at least two weeks following surgery.
What happens on the day of surgery?
As a blepharoplasty Seattle / Bellevue patient with Dr. Pratt, you will receive your eyelid surgery as an outpatient in our state-of-the-art surgical facility in Kirkland. You will arrive approximately one hour prior to surgery. At Pratt Plastic Surgicenter, our operating room staff will make you comfortable and acquaint you with our preop area. You will be assigned your own personal locker and given a luxurious robe to wear. Dr. Pratt will answer any last-minute questions and make the preoperative markings on your face that will help guide him during the procedure. The procedure will done under local anesthesia, with or without mild sedation, and will take from one-and-a-half to two hours, depending on the extent of the condition and whether work is being done on both the upper and lower eyelids.
How Is the procedure performed?
For the upper eyelids, an incision is made along the natural fold of the eyelid, and excess skin and fat is removed. For the lower lids, the incision may be made right below the lower lash line and excess skin, fat and muscle removed. Dr. Pratt routinely tightens the lower eyelid muscle in order to prevent the drooping of the eyelid following surgery, thus helping to avoid an “operated look”.
What is the recovery period like?
You will be sent home with a special ointment on your incisions. All of the sutures are dissolvable, and you may begin gently washing your face and shampooing your hair four days following surgery. Elevation of your head at all times is important in resolving the swelling and preventing any bleeding and minimizing bruising. You will be provided a full set of step by step instructions explaining what to do and not do after surgery. Complete healing will take months, but as each day passes, a more beautiful, younger appearing you will be revealed. Most patients will be back to work and resuming most normal activities in seven to ten days following surgery. The stitches used are all self-dissolving. Incisions usually heal quite inconspicuously.
Why should I consider Dr. David F. Pratt to perform my Blepharoplasty surgery?
Dr. Pratt is a leading eyelid surgery Seattle / Bellevue specialist who has several years of experience helping patients throughout Washington achieve their desired look. Since 1993, Dr. Pratt has used his artistic flair and exceptional surgical skills to improve the lives of many patients. His dramatic, yet natural-appearing surgical results certainly speak for themselves. Dr. Pratt and his staff are passionate about cosmetic surgery, compassionate, and dedicated to patient education. Dr. Pratt’s priority is to ensure that each of his cosmetic surgery patients, including his face lift, eyelid surgery, nose surgery and lip augmentation patients, remain safe and comfortable throughout the duration of the procedure. Our modern offices in Everett provide a warm and friendly atmosphere, as well as the most recent advances and sophisticated technology available today.
I am interested, what do I do next?
Seeking reliable answers to your questions about blepharoplasty surgery? Schedule your confidential consultation with Dr. David Pratt to find out if you are a good candidate for this procedure. Dr. Pratt’s office serves the greater Seattle area, including Bellevue, Everett, Kirkland and Tacoma, with office hours that suit your busy lifestyle. Go ahead and live your dreams!