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The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but as we age, those windows become cloudy with wrinkles, loose skin, and bulging pockets of fat. Cosmetic eyelid surgery in Charlotte NC (also known as blepharoplasty) helps rejuvenate the eyes, giving you a rested, refreshed, and more youthful appearance. 

What is cosmetic eyelid surgery?

Excess eyelid skin, bulging fat pockets, and dark circles are one of the primary reasons we start to appear chronically fatigued, sleep deprived and look older than our chronologic age. Cosmetic eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) specifically targets these problem areas and the end result is a rested, rejuvenated, and brighter appearance.

Although often done in combination, the upper eyelids and lower eyelids may be done independently of one another.

In the case of the upper eyelids, the appearance of a heaviness, or hooding on the top of the eyes is often seen, which in severe cases may interfere with peripheral vision and in some instances make applying mascara quite difficult. Contrary to popular belief, we don’t acquire additional skin in this region, but rather as the eyebrow naturally descends with age and as the fat in the upper eyelid region becomes less pronounced, the upper eyelid aesthetics appear wrinkled, deflated, redundant and loose. Restoring youth to this region is by no means a cookie cutter approach, but rather specific to the needs of the individual. The plan for rejuvenation may involve skin removal, replenishing atrophied fat, elevating the eyebrow or a combination of all three.

In the case of the aging lower eyelids, the appearance of bags under the eyes, dark circles, and a hollowness above the cheeks is common. The combination of loss of skin elasticity, weakened muscular support and loss of fat in the upper cheeks leads to premature aging and a chronically fatigued aesthetic. Surgical incisions for cosmetic eyelid surgery are virtually imperceptible and hidden in the crease of the upper lids or below the lash line of the lower eyelids.

Dr. Pratt’s philosophy on cosmetic eyelid surgery in Charlotte NC is focused on a natural result that produce youthful, well-rested appearance.

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Do I need anesthesia for cosmetic eyelid surgery?

When done alone, the upper eyelids are done under a local anesthetic and takes less about twenty minutes to complete. The lower eyelids, however, are best performed under i.v. sedation or general anesthesia.

How long is the recovery for cosmetic eyelid surgery?

Cosmetic eyelid surgery is a quick recovery. There is minimal discomfort, and mild to moderate swelling. Recovery for upper eyelids is about 2-3 days and lower eyelids about 5-7 days. Recovery time can vary, however when additional procedures are done simultaneously.

Can I still wear my contacts after blepharoplasty surgery?

Specifically, with lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Pratt prefers that eyeglasses be worn in lieu of contact lenses for the first two weeks after surgery. The downward pulling of the lower eyelid that occurs when inserting a contact lens should be avoided for about 14 days.

How long does cosmetic eyelid surgery take?

Upper eyelid surgery takes approximately 20 minutes to perform and lower eyelid surgery takes about between 1-1.5hrs to complete.

What are some of the risks of blepharoplasty surgery?

Dr. Pratt uses corneal protectors on his patients to help prevent the risk of scratching the surface of the eyeball during surgery. Corneal protectors look like oversized contact lenses that act as protective shields during surgery that are placed on the eye during surgery. The sensation of watery eyes, or excessive tearing can be a common occurrence for the first 2-3 weeks following lower eyelid surgery. Ironically, the treatment for this is to supplement the eyes with artificial tears for a short period of time following surgery.

What are the benefits of cosmetic eyelid surgery?

  • Gives a more rested and refreshed appearance
  • Helps to create a more favorable first impression
  • Helps boost confidence in one’s appearance
  • Restores a more youthful appearance
  • Brightens the face
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Who is a good candidate for cosmetic eyelid surgery?

Anyone who is in good health and unhappy with the aesthetics of their eyelids should be evaluated by their plastic surgeon to assess whether blepharoplasty is appropriate for them. The importance of a detailed physical examination and an individualized plan based on findings specific to you, rather than a “one size fits all” approach cannot be over-emphasized. 

The artistry of blepharoplasty surgery is not isolated to surgical technique in the operating room, but rather begins during the consultation, with proper patient selection. 

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Why choose Dr. Pratt for eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)?

Dr. Pratt’s approach to aesthetic surgery is undeniably singular in its focus – restoring youth. His plan is comprehensive, often combines other surgical or non-surgical modalities and is highly tailored specifically to your needs. His commitment to each patient is evident for the beginning as he spends an extraordinary amount of time with you at the consultation. His down to earth demeanor is casual yet immensely informative. His dedication to recommending the best approach to achieve natural, long lasting results has been a consistent and uncompromising theme throughout his career. Patients that have followed him for years will tell you that, “Dr Pratt will always tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear.”

Dr. Pratt graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine and then went on to complete a general surgery residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. He then honed his skills at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he completed a fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 

Dr. Pratt and Bespoke Plastic Surgery are located in south Charlotte, nestled in the heart of beautiful Ballantyne. The practice is dedicated exclusively to aesthetic surgery of the breast, body and face.

We are open and seeing patients!

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WE ARE OPEN AND READY TO SEE YOU AGAIN!!

We recognize the anxiety and concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Rest assured that our patients’ health and well-being have and always will be our primary concern.

We are doing everything we can to protect one another from spreading the virus. Our intention and promise to our patients are to respect the guidelines and recommendations set forth by health care professionals regarding hygiene and social distancing. To that end, we would like to share some of the additional steps we are implementing as a practice to help protect you as well as our team members

  • Anyone entering our office will be pre-screened for symptoms of acute illness and have their temperature taken at the front desk
  • All staff member will wear masks when interacting with patients or family
  • We have increased the frequency and extensivity of our office cleaning routines
  • Hand sanitizer is readily available throughout the office
  • We will continue to offer virtual consultations as well as virtual follow-up visits when appropriate
  • We request that anyone with fever, respiratory symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath reschedule their appointment.
  • We are limiting outside vendors from elective visitation
  • We are limiting our waiting room occupancy to fewer patients and request that any family or friends do not accompany patients inside the office
  • Patients that prefer to wait in the car prior to their appointment may do so. Please text the practice on our SMS line (704) 256.3732 when you have arrived to let us know that you are here. We can send you a text message when we are ready for you to come in.

While the COVID-19 situation and response remain fluid, please know that we are doing everything we can to limit your exposure and risk. As our response adjusts based on recommendations set forth by relevant medical experts, we will keep you updated on our website as well as social media.

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Broc L. Pratt, MD

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We are open and seeing patients!

In response to the challenge for patients caused by the current pandemic Dr. Pratt is now offering safe and private Tele-Health services for consults. There is no charge for this service. Simply call our office at 980-375-9959 to request an appointment. We will give you specific instructions on how to schedule a virtual visit with Dr. Pratt and his patient coordinator, Ashleigh. We are pleased to be able to offer these appointments and hope this option meets your needs and helps fulfill your desired timeline.

Sincerely,
Broc L. Pratt, MD

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