Each year over 100,000 men and women choose blepharoplasty to improve the way they look. Droopy eyelids can make you look older and can also impair vision. Blepharoplasty corrects these problems and also removes puffiness and bags under the eyes that make you look worn and tired. Blepharoplasty does not correct dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, nor can it change sagging eyebrows, so although it is typically performed as a single procedure, you may also require a brow lift, face lift or skin resurfacing to achieve the best results.
Blepharoplasty commonly known as eyelid surgery, removes the excess fat and drooping skin from the upper or lower eyelids or both, to rejuvenate your appearance. The removal of fat deposits minimizes bags under the eyes and tightens the lower eyelid skin.
Variations of Blepharoplasty include:
Upper eyelid surgery: Removes fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the upper eyelids
Lower eyelid surgery: Removes excess skin and wrinkles on the lower eyelid as well as corrects droopiness and bags under the eyes.
Eyelid surgery usually takes from one to three hours, under local or general anesthesia. The doctor will make incisions in the creases of the upper eyelids and/or below the lashes of the lower eyelids. The placement of the incision lines is designed to minimize visible scarring. Once the incision is made, the doctor will separate the skin from the fatty tissue and muscle, remove excess fat and trim drooping skin/muscle. In instances where there is no drooping skin to be removed, the doctor may make an incision line just below the lower lash to just remove excess fat.
The ideal candidate for eyelid surgery is a non-smoking adult, without pre-determined, serious eye conditions. Healthy facial tissue and muscles is desired. The patient must also have realistic expectations for the outcome of the surgery.
- Temporary eyelid swelling, bruising irritation or dry eyes
- Results of eyelid surgery will appear gradually as swelling and bruising subside
- Temporary discomfort and irritation at the incision site is possible
- Stitches will be removed two days to a week after surgery
- Avoid strenuous activities for two weeks after surgery