Cosmetic eyelid surgery, called blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. Changes around the eyes are some of the earliest signs of the aging process.
Specifically, eyelid surgery can treat:
- Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or hides the natural contour of the upper eyelid
- Excess skin that hangs down from the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision
- Excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the upper eyelids
- Bags under the eyes
- Droopiness of the lower eyelids, showing white below the iris
- Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid
Droopy conditions of the upper eyelid can be corrected through an incision within the natural crease of the upper eyelid allowing repositioning of fat deposits and/or removal of excess skin. Care must be taken to make sure the brow itself is in the correct position. Sometimes the hooded look to the eye is because of a low brow requiring a brow lift and not eyelid surgery.
The lower eyelid bulge makes one look tired and aged. Some patients say they have always had that look and it may be hereditary.
Using an incision just below the lower lash line, fat is removed or redistributed and muscle modified to correct a baggy lower eyelid. Excess skin may then be removed.
If the skin is not excessive and there is just the puffiness of excess fat, and incision inside of the eyelid may be used to access the fat and remove it. The skin may then be tightened with laser skin resurfacing or a chemical peel. This is called transconjuctival blepharoplasty.
After surgery there may be some bruising for 5 – 10 days and some swelling for 2 weeks. Final results of eyelid surgery are visible at 1-2 months. Incisions will continue to heal and fade becoming almost unnoticeable at the 1 year point.
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