Also Known As Eyelid Surgery
Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) can rejuvenate puffy, sagging or tired-looking eyes by removing excess fat and skin from the upper and lower eyelids. It may be performed for cosmetic reasons or to improve sight by lifting droopy eyelids out of the patient’s field of vision.
Upper eyelid lifts and some lower eyelid lifts can be performed in the office with local anesthesia. Incisions are made along the eyelids in inconspicuous places (in the creases of the upper lids and just below the lashes on the lower lids). The surgeon removes excess tissue through these incisions and then stitches them closed with fine sutures. For some lower eyelid lifts, fat may be removed or re-draped in a way to reduce the bags and hollows under the lid.
In the case where there is bagginess but no skin needs to be removed, the surgeon may perform a transconjunctival blepharoplasty, where the incision is made inside the lower eyelid and there are no visible scars.
Stitches are removed after four to seven days and most people return to work in ten. Contact lenses may not be worn for two weeks. The effects of eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty can last and last.
When You Might Consider Blepharoplasty:
- If you have excess, hanging skin covering the natural fold of the upper eyelids
- If you have loose skin hanging down from the upper eyelids over the eyelashes
- If your upper and lower eyelids appear puffy, making your eyes look tired and aged
- If you have deep grooves under your eyes
Many people who consider eyelid surgery also consider a brow lift, facelift, fillers and botulinum toxin injections to raise the eyebrows or reduce the appearance of wrinkles, crow’s feet or dark circles under the eyes.
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* Results may vary based on the individual.