Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is a surgical procedure that reduces any “puffy eyes” or bagginess from lower eyelids. The surgery aims to improve the appearance of the eyelids and can be performed on either the upper or lower eyelids or both.
Although eyelid surgery is more common in older patients, younger patients who have excessive skin around their eyelids often take advantage of this procedure.
Blepharoplasty is a procedure that aesthetically modifies the eye region of your face giving you a more desired appearance.
Blepharoplasty improves the appearance of the lower eyelids, the upper eyelids or both lids. Blepharoplasty allows for a rejuvenated appearance to the surrounding area of your eyes, making you look more youthful and rested. Droopy and puffy eyelids can make you look aged and can also impair vision.
Lower eyelid blepharoplasty can remove the excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid and the bags under the eyes.
Baggy lower eyelids are generally due to the excess fat normally contained behind the eyelids and in areas of the lower lid. By removing this excess fat, the procedure empties the baggy lower eyelids so the skin tightens the surface of the lower lids to achieve a smoother, more youthful appearance under the eyes.
If you have puffiness in the upper eyelids blepharoplasty can remove the excess fatty deposits.
The amount of excess skin and/or fat that a patient has is in part due to the aging process and in part due to congenital factors.
A blepharoplasty is a procedure performed on the upper and/or lower eyelids. The desired results of a blepharoplasty are the successful removal of excess skin and fat. A blepharoplasty may be done individually or in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as a facelift or browlift.
Eyelid Surgery: Cosmetic Or Medical
Eyelid Surgery: Cosmetic Or Medical
Blepharoplasty generally is done for cosmetic reasons, yet the procedure effectively improves older people’s vision when their sagging upper eyelids are disrupting their vision. Eyelid surgery or eye lift is an effective way to remove excess skin around the eyes. However, blepharoplasty will not address any facial wrinkles, crow’s feet, or dark circles underneath eye unless associated with laser resurfacing, filler injections, or forehead lift.
After Blepharoplasty Surgery
A patient after surgery may experience bruising and swelling around the eyelids. However, once these effects subside, the skin around the eyelid will be smoother, well-defined, and bring a younger, rejuvenated appearance.
Candidacy for Eyelid Surgery
Candidates in relatively good health and have realistic expectations are the ideal candidate for the surgery. It’s important to discuss with an oculoplastic surgeon blepharoplasty can help you address baggy eyelids for droopy eyelids. In general, patients are usually over the age of 35.
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Realistic expectations after an eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty
Upper eyelid surgery often lasts a number of years and lower eyelid surgery where they need to be repeated. Results vary based on what age the surgery is first performed. If your eyelids are affecting your vision and you feel it is a medical necessity, schedule an eye exam with one of our that I doctors. If during an eye exam, the eye doctor confirms that your eyelids are a medical issue, your medical insurance may provide coverage.
Complications after eyelid surgery are very rare, but there are symptoms that can develop post-eyelid surgery
- Dry eyes
- An abnormal coloring of the eyelids
- Eyelid skin that folds in or out abnormally
- Inability to close eyes completely
- A pulled-down lower lid lash line
- Loss of vision
Every patient is different, You are unique; and a careful analysis of your face and the anatomy around your eyes is necessary, as well as an analysis of the position of your eyebrows. This analysis is done before any recommendation can be made about a blepharoplasty or other procedures for you, to ensure that we can proceed with the best plan for you.
Many people are born with a significant amount of fat around their eyes that tends to expand with time. Aging skin loses its natural elasticity and may actually also increase with time. These problems combine to lead to bulging, redundant skin around the eyes which gives patients a tired or aging appearance.
The blepharoplasty procedure involves making incisions that are hidden well in the crease region of the upper eyelid and below the lower lash line. These tend to heal amazingly well.