African American blepharoplasty is a procedure in which patients seek to rejuvenate the skin around the eyes. Most patients seek a procedure to make the eyes look younger while looking natural. For the upper eyes, an incision is hidden in the upper lid crease, so that excess skin and in some cases fat is removed. The skin around the eye is the thinnest and most delicate around the body. It is highly unlikely to form keloids and hypertrophic scars. For the lower eyes, an incision is made in the inside of the lower lid so that fat, responsible for puffy and tired looking eyes, can be removed without an external scar. In some cases, Dr. Shah will use an external incision, particularily if there is excess muscle, skin, or laxity to the lower eyelid.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are some differences between African Americans and Caucasians for eyelid surgery?
The skin around the eyes is delicate in both ethnicities. While more prominent wrinkling can be seen in Caucasians typically around the midface and forehead, the eye area can exhibit crepiness and excess fullness in all ethnicities.
Can this procedure be performed in the office?
Yes, this procedure can be performed in the office in most cases.
Is this a common procedure for African Americans?
Yes, facial rejuvenation in general has dramatically increased in popularity amongst African Americans over the last several years. There are fewer surgeons who work with different ethnicities throughout the country though.
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