Eyelid surgery(blepharoplasty) is a procedure to address the excess or droopy skin of the eyelids and the bags(protruding fat) from around the eyes. This will return the tissues and many times allow the more youthful bright eyed look that has been lost with aging, sun damage, or even a family trait(such as heavy eyelids).View Before & After Gallery
Peripheral vision can be improved if their is major excess of skin of the upper eyelids. Fine lines or color changes do not typically improve with only the surgery. Options for this are chemical peels(to smooth the delicate surface layer of skin) or some laser treatment. Filling of the hollows (tear trough) can be done most effectively and safely using fat transfer. Some dermal fillers have been used but a high percentage have had problems with long term swelling.
How Blepharoplasty Helps
Look More Youthful
Signs of aging are prominent around the eyes in the form of fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Blepharoplasty removes excess skin and tightens loose tissue surrounding the eyes to produce firm, smooth skin with a more youthful appearance.
Brighten Tired Eyes
Loose skin and fat deposits can weigh down the eyelids and create a tired appearance even if a person is well rested. Excess fatty deposits can also create bags and puffiness around the eyes that contribute to a tired look. Eyelid surgery eliminates excess skin and fat to rejuvenate the areas around the eyes and provide patients with a more rested and alert appearance.
Restore Impaired Vision
Excess fatty deposits and sagging skin on the upper eyelids can hang down and impair a person’s full range of vision. Upper eyelid surgery removes this excess skin and fat so patients no longer have drooping eyelids impairing their vision.
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Q. Where are the incisions placed for blepharoplasty?
A. The incision for upper eyelid surgery is placed within the natural crease of the eyelid so that no scar will be noticeable once it heals. The incision for lower eyelid surgery may be inconspicuously placed just below the lashes to remove excess skin, or an incision hidden within the lower lid may be used to remove and reposition tissue. The incision within the lower lid is called “transconjunctival” and thus no outside skin incision. An advantage of this incision is that there is less chance the lower lid can pull down(lid retraction) after the surgery. It is also a good incision to place fat to fill the tear trough(hollow).
Q. When can I return to work and normal activities after the procedure?
A. Most patients are able to resume work and normal activities about ten days after eyelid surgery. Some swelling and bruising may persist for a couple of weeks, but cold compresses will help reduce these side effects. Patients without the outer incision on the lower lid can use makeup to cover any bruising immediately.
Q. How soon will I see the results of my eyelid surgery?
A. Results from blepharoplasty may be obscured at first due to swelling and bruising, but smooth, more youthful eyelids are generally visible within a few weeks after surgery. Incision lines will continue to improve over time and may take up to a year to fully refine.
Q. How long will the results of blepharoplasty last?
A. Results from eyelid surgery will be long lasting as long as the patient maintains a healthy skincare regimen and protects the area from the sun. The skin and tissues around the eyes will continue to age naturally.