Board certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and by the American Board of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Dr. Portuese has been performing blepharoplasty (cosmetic eyelid surgery) for over twenty years. Having performed thousands of blepharoplasty surgeries, Dr. Portuese’s experience is extensive.
The primary goal of upper blepharoplasty surgery is to remove excess skin and puffiness from the upper eyelids. An incision is made in the upper eyelid crease and is closed with dissolvable stitches.
With lower eyelid surgery, excessive puffiness underneath the lids is removed from the inside of the lower lids. If needed, a small amount of excess skin is removed through an incision at the lower lash-line. The lower lid incision is then closed with surgical tissue glue, which remains for approximately one week.
Upper and lower blepharoplasty can be done separately or together, depending on the patient’s needs and desires.
Dr. Portuese performs blepharoplasty at THe Seattle Eyelid & Blepharoplasty Center , a Medicare certified ambulatory surgery center. All surgeries are outpatient procedures and done under general anesthesia by board certified physician anesthesiologists from Physicians Anesthesia Services at Swedish Medical Center.
Dr. Portuese is the current president of the Northwest Society of Facial Plastic Surgeons. He also served as president of the Washington Ambulatory Surgery Center Association in 2011.