What is Blepharoplasty?
Aesthetic eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, offers a variety of procedures to create younger, more alert looking eyes. It can soften conditions that give an individual a tired appearance, such as wrinkled folds of skin on upper eyelids, bags under the eyes and sagging eyebrows. Often the expression looks happier.
In younger individuals, blepharoplasty usually is performed to remove fatty tissue only. These incisions can be placed inside the lower eyelid with no external or visible scar. In older patients, loss of skin tone will require excision of redundant skin and often tightening of the muscle. In many instances, blepharoplasty is accompanied by a browlift. All of these changes can be addressed during a single operation. The planning of the procedure is determined by the changes desired and the individual starting anatomy.
What Can Blepharoplasty Correct?
- Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision
The Blepharoplasty Procedure
- Preformed under anesthesia
- Surgical Time: 1 hour
- Minimal Postoperative Pain
- Bruising depends from patient to patient and can last 1-2 weeks
- Avoid strenuous activity or exercise for the first 3 weeks.
In both the upper and lower eyelids, underlying compartments of fat may be removed. Incisions in the upper and lower eyelids are made following natural lines and creases, and may extend into adjacent fine lines, (“crows feet”), at the eye’s outer edge. Working through the incisions, the skin and muscle are separated from underlying fatty tissue. Excessive fat and skin are removed and if indicated, the underlying orbicularis muscle may be tightened. Current trends involve much more conservative fat removal since muscle tightening often reduces the bags and avoids hollowing of the lower eyelid.
Will I Have Scarring After Eyelid Surgery?
The number and type of sutures used to close the incisions vary. With normal healing, the tiny scar will fade and become barely visible.