Options for “Opening Your Eyes”
The light, the heat… lost in them… hungry or even lyin’ (let’s hope not). No matter what else they are, eyes are the most expressive part of your face and the windows to your soul, and the area of the face that tends to age the earliest (reality check).
We have options – YOU have options …and lots of them! From scientifically-proven, medical grade topical treatments and medium-depth chemical peels to CO2 resurfacing and surgical eye lifts/minimally invasive forehead lifts, we have every level of intervention for every age. Our less-invasive options are discussed in another blog. If you’re ready for minimally-invasive surgery, read below.
Dr. Schroeder and her staff are amazing. The office is beautiful and they were very professional. It was easy to schedule an appointment and they accommodated me and my busy work schedule. Dr. Schroeder is wonderful. She is very experienced and knowledgeable and took the time to address all my concerns. I will absolutely be referring all my friends here.Jenee K.
Dr. Susan SchroederSusan Schroeder MD is a Board-Certified Dermatologist with advanced, specialized, and formal fellowship training in Cosmetic and Surgical Dermatology. She is one of a select few in Colorado with this advanced level of training. Throughout her career, Dr. Schroeder has had a keen interest in ageless skin and maintenance on a scientific level. Before private practice, she was an Assistant Professor at The University of Colorado School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus and pioneered the cosmetic dermatology and cosmeceutical division. Dr. Schroeder brings a wealth of knowledge to Colorado Springs from her years of expertise. She addresses all aspects of Dermatology, from skin cancers and acne to injectables, laser skin resurfacing and tumescent liposuction. Her skills are as good-as-it-gets. Dr. Schroeder evaluates the nuances and advancements that drive this market herself, and she never waivers from cutting-edge.
The Upper Eyelid
Dr. Schroeder will make an incision along the eyelid’s natural fold when your upper eyelid needs rejuvenation. This incision will extend as needed to address and include skin folds outside the upper eyelid. She will remove redundant skin and tissue, and the incision will be artfully and expertly closed. This procedure will leave minimal scarring, and because it will fall within the natural crease of your eyelid, it will be hidden.
The Lower Eyelid
To address laxity of the under eye skin, Dr. Schroeder makes her incision along the lash line to realign the loose skin and remove excess. One has to be careful in performing this procedure, so as not to put too much tension on the skin and cause the shape of the eye aperture to change; small adjustments make larger changes in overall appearance. If the undereye has hollows or herniated fat (“bags”), often responsible for a puffy lower eyelid appearance, Dr. Schroeder will most likely use a mucosal surgical approach(the inside of the eyelid) to resuspend the structures to a more youthful position. An advantage to this latter approach is that no stitches are needed.
Additions and Alternatives
Some patients don’t need a blepharoplasty, or they need something else in addition; they might need a brow lift (browpexy) or a forehead lift. Dr. Schroeder does these as well, under local anesthesia, and with an absorbable device called an Endotine. The procedure requires a small incision easily concealed and is considered minimally-invasive surgery.
The Procedure and Post Care
Eyelid surgery requires only local anesthesia and oral sedatives and is an outpatient procedure. A procedure addressing both the upper and lower eyelids usually takes about 2 hours from start-to finish. Post-operatively, there will be bruising and swelling around the eyes. Applying an ice pack while keeping your head elevated combined with medicated eye ointment will assist in bringing the swelling down and promote healing. If you are ready to open your eyes, schedule an appointment by calling (719) 421-7132 today.