Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Correct drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags below the eyes by removing excess fat, skin, and muscle. (Upper-eyelid surgery may be covered by insurance if used to correct visual field defects)

Length 1 to 3 hours.

Anesthesia Usually locally with sedation or general.

In/Outpatient Usually outpatient.

Recovery Reading: 2 or 3 days. Back to work: 7 to 10 days. Contact lenses: two weeks or more. Strenuous activities, alcohol: about 3 weeks. Bruising and swelling gone: several weeks.

Duration of Results Several years. Sometimes permanent.

Side Effects Temporary discomfort, tightness of lids, swelling, bruising. Temporary dryness, burning, itching of eyes. Excessive tearing, sensitivity to light for first few weeks.

Risks Temporary blurred or double vision. Infection, bleeding. Swelling at the corners of the eyelids. Dry eyes. Formation of whiteheads. Slight asymmetry in healing or scarring. Difficulty in closing eyes completely (rarely permanent). Pulling down of the lower lids (may require further surgery). Blindness (extremely rare).

Liposuction

Liposuction, sometimes referred to as “lipo” by patients, slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits and improving your body contours and proportion.

Liposuction techniques may be used to reduce localized fat deposits of the thighs, hips and buttocks, abdomen and waist, upper arms, back, inner knee, chest area, cheeks, chin and neck, calves and ankles. Liposuction can be performed alone or along with other plastic surgery procedures.

Length 1 to 2 hours or more.

Anesthesia Local, epidural, or general.

In/Outpatient Usually outpatient. Extensive procedures may require short inpatient stay.

Recovery Back to work: 1 to 2 weeks. More strenuous activity: 2 to 4 weeks. Full recovery from swelling and bruising: 1 to 6 months or more.

Duration of Results Permanent, with sensible diet and exercise.

Side Effects Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness, burning sensation.

Risks Asymmetry. Rippling or bagginess of skin. Pigmentation changes. Skin injury. Fluid retention. Excessive fluid loss leading to shock. Infection.

Neck Lift/Face Lift

Removes excess skin and fat deposits from the neck area and may involve restructuring the underlying muscle.

Length 2-3 hours.

Anesthesia Local combined with sedative or general.

In/Outpatient Outpatient

Recovery 1-3 weeks.

Duration of Results Long-lasting.

Side Effects Swelling, bruising, discomfort, scarring.

Risks Hematoma, seroma, neck tightness, numbness, skin irregularities, deep vein thrombosis.

Male Breast Reduction

Male breast reduction corrects over-development of breast tissue, allowing men to have a flatter, more masculine chest.

Length 1-2 hours.

Anesthesia Usually general.

In/Outpatient Outpatient

Recovery Patients are often given a compression garment to wear for the first few weeks after surgery; this helps to minimize swelling and offers support to the healing tissues. While vigorous exercise is typically off-limits for about 3 weeks, many men return to work or school within several days after their procedures.

Duration of Results Permanent with weight maintenance.

Side Effects Swelling and bruising.

Risks Infection, fluid accumulation, excessive scarring, rippling or baggy skin, asymmetry, pigmentation changes along incision lines or altered sensation.