Determining Whether Eyelid Surgery Is Right For You

Determining Whether Eyelid Surgery Is Right For You

Blepharoplasty, commonly known as eyelid surgery, is a very popular plastic surgery procedure which is specifically designed to improve and enhance the cosmetic appearance of your eyelids. It also helps to repair any functional problems of the eyelids such as puffy eyes or eyelids that are obstructing your vision. Eyelid surgery not only improves the eyes but also adds a youthful, refreshed look to your overall face.

Why Choose Blepharoplasty?

Dr. Robert J. Carpenter of Allegany Plastic Surgery in Cumberland, MD advises his patients to choose eyelid surgery for various reasons. A common goal of all these patients is their desire for cosmetic improvement. People who generally feel that they look sleepy, angry, or tired because of hooded eyelids, drooping eyebrows, wrinkles around eyes, and frown lines are good candidates for blepharoplasty because these things may not be able to be corrected with non-surgical procedures.

Upper Vs. Lower Blepharoplasty

The position of the eyebrows is very important in the appearance of the upper eyelid. When you begin to age or lose weight, your eyebrow tends to fall and create visual weight on the upper face. As a result of this, excessive fat and skin falls onto the upper lid area and thus it gives a hooded or dark appearance.  With the lower eyelid, the most important consideration is a loss of fatty tissue or loss of muscle tone, causing wrinkling, dark circles, or bulging.

What Are My Options?

There are several types of cosmetic interventions that your surgeon can recommend to you. This will depend on the appearance of your eyelids and the types of results that you are hoping to achieve from plastic surgery. Some of these procedures include:

  • Structural fat grafting: the fat tissue of the thinning eyelid is enhanced, thus improving wrinkling and dark circles
  • Brow elevation: the falling eyebrow is lifted and repositioned
  • Excision of any extra drooping skin or excessive fat pads
  • Botox or other non-surgical skin or injectable treatments

The functional impairments associated with drooping eyelids are very common. They can cause visual field obstruction, in which the vision is impaired because of drooping upper eyelids. There is another condition associated with drooping lower eyelid known as ectropion. This condition causes irritation and dryness in the eye because of increased contact of the eye with the air. If you are experiencing any of the mentioned problems, you should opt for blepharoplasty as early as possible.

To discover your options for facial rejuvenation with Dr. Carpenter, contact Allegany Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation. To do this call our office or fill out an online form. Be sure to check out our extensive gallery of before-and-after photos to see what Dr. Carpenter can do for you.

Is Your Smart Phone Ruining Your Skin?

Did you know that the average American spends nearly half of a day staring at a screen? The Nielsen Company audience report reveals that adults spend about 10 hours each day consuming media. And many of us use our phone to consume media, as it’s portable and always available.

There has been a lot of research done about the damaging effects of blue light, or high-energy visible (HEV) light that is emitted from our devices, and it can take a toll on our vision and sleep patterns. It may also lead to pigment changes and accelerate the development of wrinkles and lines.

Exposure to HEV light damages the skin by impairing the skin’s natural barrier function. It reaches into the deeper layers of the skin to affect our collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid stores. This light also targets pigmentation, which may lead to unwanted uneven pigmentation  or spots.

How to Protect Your Skin

Many skin care companies are now working to incorporate HEV blockers into their sunscreens so that they prevent both skin cancer and early signs of aging. ZO Skin Health is one of these companies, offering a complete line of both UV and HEV- blocking sunscreens. Some of our favorites include:

  • Oclipse-CTM Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen- This sunscreen has an SPF of 50, so you can be sure your skin is protected. It is great for sensitive skin, and protects skin from HEV, UV, and IR-A.
  • Oclipse Sun Spray- This sunscreen comes in spray form with an SPF 50. It protects the skin from HEV, UV, and IR-A and offers full coverage with an angles spray system.
  • Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer- This sunscreen protects and smoothes the skin minimizing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It also offers a tint and provides a great base for makeup and an SPF of 30.

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If you are worried about HEV light, be sure to wear HEV-blocking sunscreen every day! If you would like to learn more about ZO Skin health, contact our office today!

Recover in Time for the Holidays with One of These Procedures

It might be too late to start planning a bigger surgery like a breast augmentation or tummy tuck if you want to recover in time for the holidays, but there are plenty of nonsurgical treatments that can give you effective results! Some of our most popular nonsurgical options include:


A SAFE lift or, suture assisted facial elevation, is like a less invasive facelift! Using techniques such as liposuction, conservative skin excision, and suspension sutures, this procedure can treat mild to moderate sagging in the face. Because the skin is not lifted off of the tissue like it is in a traditional facelift, the recovery is much quicker with less discomfort. Most patients can return to normal activity within one to two days with a full recovery time of five to seven days.


If you want to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles without an invasive surgery, you might consider Botox. Botox is an injectable treatment that temporarily limits muscle contractions that are causing wrinkles. The treatment process only takes about ten minutes and can give effective, lasting results after just one session.

Cellulaze Cellulite Treatment

Virtually all women report having some degree of cellulite. Many individuals make the mistake of thinking cellulite is a result of excess fat, however, cellulite is actually a structural problem with the tissue beneath the skin. Cellulaze targets cellulite at the source using laser energy. The energy is delivered to the dermis to produce stronger skin and increase elasticity. After treatment with Cellulaze, you might experience some mild symptoms like bruising and swelling, but you will be able to return to all normal activity within a day or two. Get the result you want in time for the holidays with one of these treatments! To schedule an appointment and find out what you are a candidate for, contact our office today.

Say Goodbye to Unsightly Veins!

Have you noticed pesky veins popping up along your legs? Both spider and varicose veins are often caused by genetics, which means there is not much you can do to prevent them. However, there are ways that they can be treated. If you are ready to wear shorts and dresses with confidence all year long, Allegany Vein Clinic can help! At our vein clinic, we offer a wide selection of vein treatments to eliminate spider and varicose veins.

Spider Vein Treatment

Spider veins are small red or blue veins that can spread across the legs, ankles, and even the face. At our practice, we can treat spider veins with laser or sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy involves injecting the vein with medicine that dissolves the vein away. Laser treatments can cause veins to die off and disappear.

Varicose Vein Treatment

Varicose veins are found in the legs or ankles and have a bulging appearance. These veins often cause itching, pain, and a feeling of heaviness. At our vein clinic, we treat varicose veins with sclerotherapy, endovenous laser treatment, or ambulatory phlebectomy. Endovenous laser treatment causes veins to close, and eventually disappear. Ambulatory phlebectomy is a procedure that involves removing the vein through small incisions.

Schedule a Consultation!

The first step towards youthful looking legs is to schedule a consultation. During your consultation, Dr. Carpenter will examine your spider or varicose veins, and determine which treatment process is right for your individual case. Then, treatment can be scheduled for youthful looking legs in no time! If you are ready to take the first step towards youthful looking legs, the Vein Clinic of Allegany Plastic Surgery can help. Patients in the Cumberland area can call 301-338-8519 today to schedule their initial consultation.

Slim Your Chin with Kybella

Do you have a double chin? If so, you’re not alone! Many adults suffer from a double chin, also known as submental fullness, despite living healthy lifestyles. While weight gain can cause submental fullness, it can also be caused by aging and genetics, which means it will stick around no matter how many miles you run. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your double chin, but don’t want to undergo invasive surgery, Kybella may be the answer.

What is Kybella?

Kybella is a nonsurgical way to eliminate submental fat. This injectable treatment contains synthetic deoxycholic acid, which naturally occurs in the body to break down and absorb fat. When Kybella is injected into a double chin, fat cells are destroyed and can no longer store fat, meaning long-lasting results. During your Kybella treatment in Cumberland, one of our nurse injectors will apply a topical anesthetic to the treatment area. This will ensure that you are comfortable during treatment. Then, Kybella will be administered in multiple small injections. The number of injections will depend on the amount of submental fat you would like to eliminate. One treatment session usually takes only 15-20 minutes to complete.

Get Started Today

Are you ready to start your journey towards a slimmer chin profile, and a boost in confidence? Imagine not having to avoid pictures, being able to wear whatever clothing you want, and loving your reflection! Contact Allegany Plastic Surgery today to schedule your initial consultation today!  For more information, visit our blog page!

Repair your Skin with Chemical Peels

After a long summer in the sun, your skin will often show some signs of wear or damage. Now that the weather is growing cooler and your time in the sun will be reduced, this is the perfect time to consider chemical peels to help you achieve a clearer, more youthful complexion.

Chemical Peels

Here at Allegany Plastic Surgery, we offer two types of chemical peels: ZO 3-Step Peel and the controlled depth chemical. Chemical peels are great for the reversing of skin aging and sun damage. The acids in the chemical peels increase cell turnover in the skin, revealing a fresher complexion.

ZO 3-Step Peel

This peel is a simple peel that can be used for unwanted pigmentation and minor skin aging. This peel may be perfect for the younger patient or someone with a more sensitive skin type. Like most peels, your skin care practitioner will be able to customize your treatment to your skin by adjusting the application time before the solution is neutralized.

Controlled Depth Chemical Peel

The Controlled Depth Chemical Peel is medium depth peel that addresses both the epidermis and dermis. This peel is more advanced in comparison to superficial peels that do not penetrate any deeper than the epidermis. This type of peel is better for the more dramatic signs of aging due to its potential for a deeper reach. If you are interested in learning more about chemical peels and which one might be best for your skin, contact our skin care experts at Allegany Plastic Surgery!

The Importance of Sun Protection

Sun protection is very important for people of all ages, and all skin tones. Exposure to UV radiation is the leading cause of skin cancer. There are two types of UV rays: UVA and UVB. UVA rays cause skin wrinkling and aging, and can cause skin cancer, such as melanoma. UVA rays can pass though glass, and make up the majority of our sun exposure. UVB rays do not penetrate through glass, but do cause sunburns, and are more closely linked with the development of skin cancer and melanoma. It is important to protect your skin from both UVA and UVB radiation. At Allegany Plastic Surgery, we offer ZO skin care products to help you with your skin protection needs. ZO Skin Health offers an array of products to help to protect your skin, which provide a broad spectrum UVA/UVB defense. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30, which provides UVA/UVB defense with a tint and matte finish.
  • Oclipse-C™ Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50, which helps to minimize the damage of UVA, UVB, and HEV light.
  • Oclipse® Smart Tone SPF 50, which offers UVA/UVB protection, as well as a sheer tinted primer.
  • Oclipse® Sun Spray SPF 50, which provides UVA/UVB protection using an all-angle spray system.

As the weather gets warmer and spring break approaches, it is important to remember to take steps to protect your skin. Even on cloudy days, you should always wear an SPF to protect your skin from the harmful rays. To learn more about these products, visit, or discuss your skincare options with the professionals at Allegany Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Carpenter Completes Ninth Mission Trip to the Philippines

At Allegany Plastic Surgery we are celebrating another successful medical mission to the people of the Ifugao region of the Philippines! This was my ninth year going back to the Philippines for medical missions and my eighth year returning to the Ifugao region. As always, the local people there, including the Governor, the local health officials, and the hospital staff, were extremely helpful, warm, inviting and thankful for our mission team.

Our team has continued to grow. This year we had almost 35 team members! In our one week mission we were able to run four major operating rooms, several minor procedure areas, a dental clinic, and  medical, hearing and vision screening centers.

The team really pulled together to help the needy people of Ifugao. We cared for over 1,200 patients and provided almost 1,500 treatments including 52 major surgeries, 61 minor surgeries and almost 500 tooth extractions. Hypertension and diabetes screenings and general medical consults were performed by our internists. Hearing and vision evaluations were also provided. 82 patients were provided with hearing aids and enumerable pairs of glasses were distributed. Personally, I was able to provide care for 14 children with cleft lip and/or palate. One of my patients was 16 years old. That means she had been waiting 16 years to have her cleft lip repaired!

Because of the recent typhoon in the Philippines, the district hospital in Lagawe had been damaged but the people of Ifugao were able to provide a venue for our team at the Panopdopan District Hospital in Lamut. The administration of the hospital, the local government, and the nurses and support staff of the hospital all volunteered their time selflessly to benefit the needy people in this province, which is one of the poorest provinces in the Philippines.

This year, I had the pleasure of being the team leader for our mission team, which continues to grow in numbers and in the scope of services that we are providing on our yearly mission. Thankfully, Dr. Zapanta, the previous mission organizer and leader, has committed to continue to travel with us as long as God allows him to. We developed a closer rapport with the people of the district, the local health care providers and the local government health officers. We are continuing to collaborate to investigate ways that we can build the mission and increase our services for the poor in that region in future years. Plans are already underway to return next year with our group, which I hope will be even bigger and able to provide more services!


Here are a few more pictures from the trip!


What does the sun do to skin?

Ultraviolet light (or UV) is a part of the light spectrum associated with damaging human tissue. Unlike other light rays, UV rays penetrate deep into your skin and can cause skin cells to mutate. The rays come from the sun, the single largest natural source of light. Even if the sun is covered by clouds, these light rays stream through and pose a threat to your skin cells. Another source of UV rays includes fluorescent lights used in work places. Ultimately, these rays can cause damage to your skin.

How can I protect myself from UV rays?

To protect your skin, it is recommended to apply sunscreen daily. Although many apply sunscreen during the summer months, it is important to apply it during winter months as well. A variety of conditions can benefit from its application. Sunscreen is for every day, every weather, and every place (both indoors and out!).

How can Allegany Plastic Surgery help?

Allegany Plastic Surgery offers a line of over 20 products to rejuvenate and protect skin. These products include Oclipse Sunscreen Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 and Oclipse-C Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50. These products can be applied during any season and on all skin types. Oclipse Sunscreen Primer SPF 30 is a unique formula that uses natural melanin, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide protecting you from broad spectrum UVA/UVB rays. It also smooths and primes skin for a more even makeup application. Oclipse-C Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 is an innovative sunscreen formula that goes beyond conventional UVA and UVB protection. It can be applied to the body as well as the face.

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