I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your kindness, support and relaxed demeanor over the past several months. You made me feel at ease about my surgery. In the operating room I remember you holding my hand as I was “put to sleep”. As you said, combined surgeries add time, this can create more nausea, prolonged recovery and higher risk of infection. In 6 hours, you performed a breast reduction, abdominoplasty, and liposuction. My recovery although difficult as you said, was uneventful. Six months later, I am so happy, so trusting in you with what I have seen, that I am now considering a lower body lift.
I have known Dr. Stefan for over fourteen years and my experience with him and his staff has been outstanding. I was extremely satisfied with my breast augmentation he preformed almost 14 years ago. I recently returned to Dr. Stefan to have a reaugmentation. Dr. Stefan is a very skillful, knowledgable, and caring doctor. He is absolutely amazing and does incredible work. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an exceptional plastic surgeon.
My experience with Dr. Summers and his staff was superior. Everyone was very professional and helpful and all were eager to make you feel comfortable.
– Barbara F.
I was a size six and wanted to be at least a size four. After my laser liposuction procedure I am down to a size two! I am very happy with the results!
– Amanda J.
Last year, Dr. Adam Summers performed a One Hour Facelift on me. I have to say, I am surprised by how smoothly the procedure went and everyone thinks I look great!
– Cathy A.
Because of a terrible car crash in 1995, I have been unable to breathe correctly and I have not looked like myself for a long time. My breathing became unbearable and then I was so lucky to have found Dr. Summers. My rhinoplasty surgery has changed me so much. My breathing is so much better now and I finally have a bridge on my nose again. I used to think my lungs were not working properly. It is so amazing how much better I can breathe now. I am very happy about my nose, too. I have felt very ugly inside but never let it get me down or change me but now it feels good to look like my old self again. It’s a blessing that I met Dr. Summers and I am so very grateful that I was so lucky to have him as my surgeon. I found out that all the research I did on Dr. Summers is better than I expected…I found that he was the best around, but in my eyes’, he is the best ALL AROUND! Thank you! You have changed my life…
– Lailani R.
I have always been “shy” about my breast size…or lack there of…and had wanted implants from early on. After 3 children I still had no breasts and finally decided to “bite the bullet”. I had my procedure done in May of 2005 at the Maryland Plastic Surgery Center and loved, loved, loved the results… A couple months ago (and 4 years after my initial augmentation) I noticed some almost immediate volume decrease in my left breast. I called Dr. Summers office and his staff promptly set me up an appointment to check it out. Within less than a week I was back on the table having my implant replaced (at no cost to me) and it had turned out to be a defect in the implant valve. Dr. Summers was as amazing with my replacement implant as he was with the initial implant…which concerned me initially as I wrongly assumed that since it was covered under the warranty that I would not be as much of a “priority” as “paying” clients. I was certainly wrong about that aspect as Dr. Summers was more than willing to resolve my issue as quickly as possible. I am contemplating liposuction or maybe a tummy tuck… When I decide to do it Dr. Summers will be my first choice!! For anyone out there contemplating a procedure…set yourself up a consult with Dr. Summers…you will walk out of his office with confidence in him as your surgeon as well looking forward to a date for your procedure…what are you waiting for?– Lutisha
I am 5’6″ tall with long blond, curly hair. I work for a real estate company in Maryland as a Lease Administrator. Prior to that, I worked for a Minnesota Senator on Capitol Hill. Even though I work out at the gym frequently, I had a few problem areas, which would not go away. Thanks to Dr. Summers’ cosmetic surgery team at the Maryland Plastic Surgery Center, I’ve had liposuction on my outer thighs, hips and stomach. Now my saddlebags are gone and I was able to buy a pair of hip hugger jeans! I’ll be 45 next month and will almost wear a size 6. I’m planning to return to have my inner thighs done very soon.
– Lynn F.
I just had my one year follow up appointment with Dr. Summers for my rhinoplasty. I couldn’t be happier with my results! My rhinoplasty was customized to suit my face and does not look “cookie cutter”. My nose looks very natural and suits my face significantly better did than the pre-op version. Dr. Summers is extremely talented and has a great eye for detail. He and his support staff were extremely professional and courteous through the entire process. The surgical facility is state-of-the-art, and extremely well maintained. Overall, I had a fantastic experience with Dr. Summers and would recommend him to anyone seeking rhinoplasty.
– Deborah F.
One of the first things noticed about a person is their eyes. Whether in business or romantic situations, we are all attracted to large, bright, youthful eyes. Unfortunately, eye bags and droopy eyelids, caused by aging or genetics, are a very common problem. During the aging process, wrinkles, lines, and puffiness contribute to a tired or aged appearance. Removal of the extra tissue brings your eyes back into view, causing them to look larger and younger, brightening your entire face.
Blepharoplasty is an outpatient surgical procedure at the Maryland Plastic Surgery Center which removes excess skin, fatty tissue, and muscle from the eyelids both above and below the eyes, creating a more youthful appearance. The incisions made by Dr. Summers are frequently so small that they cannot be seen.
Upper Eyelid: If droopiness above the eye is to be corrected, the incisions are made in the eye crease. Occassionally a forehead or brow lift will be recommended for optimal results.
Lower Eyelid: If puffiness, loose skin or fat of the lower eyelid is to be corrected, the incisions are made along the lower lash line. Sometimes, Dr. Summers can even make the incisions inside the lower eyelid, hiding them completely. If slightly loose skin and/or fine lines are the primary concern, a non-surgical option such as Fractional Laser Resurfacing (e.g. Fraxel) may be used.
Unlike some procedures which only last a few months or years, the results of blepharoplasty are permanent. However, it will not prevent future wrinkles from developing.
- Dark circles or bags under the eyes.
- Excessive skin or wrinkles surrounding the eyelids.
- A tired appearance or puffiness due to inherited factors.
At the Maryland Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Summers usually performs upper eyelid blepharoplasty under a local anesthesia. Lower eyelid blepharoplasty typically is performed with sedation or under a general anesthetic.
The surgical procedure includes tiny incisions made in the natural contours around the eyes to minimize visible scarring. Excess skin and fat will be removed. The skin will be tightened and a new contour will be obtained. After the excess tissue is removed, tiny sutures are used to close the incisions.
Lower eyelids are completed next to eliminate puffiness and reduce dark circles. In some instances, laser technology (complete resurfacing or fractional resurfacing) may be used to smooth lower eyelid areas.
The surgery generally takes about one to three hours.
The healing process for a blepharoplasty is typically 1-2 weeks. However, patients with a lower eyelid lift may have bruising and/or swelling that lasts for several weeks. fortunately, the results are long-lasting and patients typically enjoy a rested and youthful appearance for many years.
After a blepharoplasty at the Maryland Plastic Surgery Center, you will be able to return to work within a week or two. Your vision will be slightly impaired for a few days, so be sure to have someone drive you home. You should avoid driving until your eyesight is clear and your eyes no longer water. Your eyes may itch, water, and feel somewhat sticky for a week or two after the blepharoplasty surgery, but this can be relieved with eyedrops. You may experience blurred or double vision for the first few days after surgery.
Your eyes may be more sensitive to light for a few days, which will make reading or watching television uncomfortable. You may have to apply an ointment after surgery to prevent dryness. You may experience some swelling and bruising, which can be relieved by elevating your head and/or applying a cold compress or ice pack. Stitches that are non-dissolving will be removed a week after surgery by Dr. Summers at the Maryland Plastic Surgery Center. Contact lenses should not be worn for at least two weeks after surgery. Eye makeup should not be worn until all of the stitches are gone. The blepharoplasty incision areas may be red for a few weeks but will eventually disappear.
In addition to assisting eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) patients, Dr. Summers offers other facial procedures at his Baltimore plastic surgery center. Please visit these pages to learn about how Dr. Summers helps Baltimore rhinoplasty, facelift, forehead lift, chin and cheek implant and neck lift patients.
Frequently Asked Questions About Blepharoplasty:
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A: At the Maryland Plastic Surgery Center, it is very common for patients to have a functional rhinoplasty (e.g. surgery to make it easier to breathe through the nose) at the same time as a cosmetic rhinoplasty. Simultaneous procedures typically include septoplasty for a deviated septum, turbinectomy to open the inner airway, and nasal valve repair for internal nasal valve collapse.
Also, it is appropriate to have other facial cosmetic procedures simultaneous with a cosmetic rhinoplasty. For example, in selected patients, a chin implant can tremendously enhance the results of a rhinoplasty. Similarly, liposuction of the neck can substantially improve a patient’s profile when combined with a rhinoplasty.
A: Due to the variety of procedures available in plastic surgery, there can be no blanket rule on age although age will be taken into consideration when planning your operation. People of all ages have taken advantage of the image-enhancement offered by plastic surgery. There are even procedures appropriate for young children! It is important to realize the limitations of plastic surgery. Plastic surgery cannot “fix” every situation or reverse the aging process. What is a good procedure for one person may not be an appropriate procedure for another. We are committed to making your plastic surgery experience a successful one.
A: During your consultation we will discuss your desired changes and expectations, review your medical history and current health, and make an assessment on whether the procedure(s) in question are right for you. This is a good time to ask specific questions about the procedure so that you are fully prepared, mentally and emotionally, for surgery. We will discuss the results that can be achieved, with the aid of photos and/or computer imaging. When a final decision is made, you will need to sign an informed consent stating that you are fully aware and understand what is entailed by your pending operation, including the potential complications and secondary effects.
A: Generally, post-operative instructions call for rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. The length of recovery varies with each procedure and is different for each individual. Bruises usually disappear within a few days, and most swelling is gone in a matter of weeks. If you follow our post-operative instructions carefully, you will be able to enjoy your normal activities within no time. Your scars will fade over time but are permanent. We take care to conceal any scars so that they are barely visible, if at all. The image-enhancing effects of plastic surgery become more evident over time with certain procedures taking up to a year for your body to fully adjust and settle into its new look. When you come in for your consultation we can discuss your expected recovery period and any post-operative instructions in detail.
A: Insurance providers generally cover costs for reconstructive surgery such as nose surgery to allow for a patient to breathe better. Therefore, the insurance company may pay a part of the surgical fees. If your surgery is covered by insurance, pre-certification is required. We will be happy to assist you with the process.
Note: Insurance companies will not pay for any portion of a procedure that is cosmetic. Therefore, do not expect your insurance company to reimburse you completely for all of the fees you have paid. Also, patients are responsible for full payment of their quoted fees prior to surgery. Reimbursement, when available, will be made by your insurance company directly to you.
A: The type of the anesthesia varies with each procedure. For some procedures, only local anesthesia or local anesthesia with intravenous (IV) sedation is needed. This method will allow you to be awake, but insensitive to any pain. In more complex procedures, general anesthesia is needed and you will be asleep during the entire procedure. The anesthesia used in your operation will depend on the type and extent of the procedure(s), your age, and the surgeon’s preference.
A: Maryland Plastic Surgery is Maryland’s premiere cosmetic surgery center and medical spa. The Center’s director, Dr. Adam Summers, is an expert cosmetic surgeon who uses advanced techniques to achieve natural looking results. Just 15 minutes from Baltimore, Howard County (Columbia) and Annapolis, the Center specializes in tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), breast augmentation, breast lift, liposuction, rhinoplasty, and facelift procedures. © Baltimore Maryland Plastic Surgery Center and Medical Spa.