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Brighten Up!
30-Minute Eyelid Surgery Creates Refreshed, Alert Appearance

A new cosmetic use for an established eyelid surgery can create a refreshed, alert appearance in just 30 minutes. Dr. Jonathan Hoenig, oculofacial plastic surgeon at the Assil Sinskey Cosmetic Center is applying the reconstructive technique of "eyelid ptosis repair" used to lift droopy eyelids to treat patients with cosmetic concerns of looking sad, tired or sleepy.

"Frequently, many surgeons will perform standard eyelid surgery to remove skin and fat when a patient presents complaining of looking sad or aged. But often, the patient still looks tired, even after surgery and the reason for this may be a weak upper eyelid muscle, "explains Dr. Hoenig. Drooping eyelids often occur as the eyelid muscle stretches with age, but the problem can be exacerbated by damage to the thin eyelid muscle especially in people with environmental allergies who rub their eyes frequently.

Determination of a lowered eyelid can be made during the office consultation. To do this, Dr. Hoenig measures the eyelid in relation to the pupil and then tests the eyelid muscle by instilling some eye drops into one eye. If the eyelid rises with the eye drops, then the patient may be a good candidate for repair of the eyelid muscle. "Patients are amazed when they see the difference that raising the lid can create. Since the eye drops mimic the results of the eyelid raising surgery, they get a good sense of how much more alert they'll look after surgery," comments Dr. Hoenig. If necessary, ptosis (sagging eyelid) repair can be performed together with upper and/or lower eyelid surgery or with other procedures such as a brow lift, face-lift or fat transfer surgery.

The procedure takes about 30 minutes and is comfortably performed in the office operating room with local anesthesia only. For cosmetic eyelid surgery repair, Dr. Hoenig performs the surgery on the undersurface of the upper eyelid to gain access to the damaged muscle, so there are no visible scars. Discomfort is minimal, sutures naturally dissolve and most patients are back to work in a week.

Considered an expert in facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Hoenig has completed three separate fellowships to ensure that he is qualified to offer the most advanced techniques in facial surgery: cosmetic and dermatologic surgery, oculo-facial cosmetic surgery and oculoplastic surgery. He is one of the few cosmetic surgeons who is a diplomat of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) and the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, as well as board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Toll Free: 866-HOENIG-9 • Local Phone: 818-501-4550
Website: www.faceexpert.com • Email: Info@drhoenig.com

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