Blepharoplasty

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Blepharoplasty

What is Blepharoplasty?

This procedure improves the appearance of the eyelids by removing excess skin, bulging fat and lax muscle from the upper or lower lids, giving the eyes a more youthful look.

Using local anesthesia, incisions are made where the natural crease should be in the upper lids, and below the lash line in the lower lids. Following surgery, patients go home with sutures which are removed within one week. There is initial discomfort, but it can be controlled with mild medication. Sensitivity to light, bruising and swelling occurs one to three weeks. We offer a full complement of camouflage makeup to use while you heal.

Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty Reduces The Appearance of Droopy Eyelids

Upper eyelid Blepharoplasty involves the improvement of two characteristics of the aging upper eyelid area.

  • The first is correction of excess skin of the upper eyelid, a condition referred to as “hooding of the upper lid.”
  • The second condition that can be corrected is the puffiness that is seen in the inner corner and middle of the eyelid as a result of herniation (pushing forward) of fat located in these areas above the eye.

Upper eyelid Blepharoplasty is commonly performed at the same time as lower eyelid Blepharoplasty. Upper eyelid Blepharoplasty does not correct crow’s feet, eliminate dark circles under your eyes, or lift sagging eyebrows.

Blepharoplasty Helps With the Following Eye Problems

  • It’s become increasingly difficult to put on eye makeup
  • Even after you’ve had a good night’s sleep people ask you if you’re tired
  • You have puffiness under your eyes that never goes away
  • You are developing bulges in the corners of your upper eyelids
  • You have trouble keeping your eyes open
  • Your upper eyelids always feel heavy
  • Your eyes appear to have become smaller
  • Your eye makeup smudges very easily
  • You’ve lost the fold of your upper eyelid
  • Your peripheral vision is decreased
  • You have excess skin and wrinkles beneath your eyes
  • Ever since you can remember you’ve had baggy eyes
  • You have skin breakdown or irritation at the area of excess skin

Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty Helps Reduce the Appearance of Puffy Eyes

Lower eyelid Blepharoplasty is a procedure performed to improve the appearance of the lower eyelids, which is the anatomic area that extends from the lower lid eyelashes to the bony rim of the eye socket.

If there is excess fat or puffiness, this can be removed or repositioned through a fine incision on the backside of the lower lid. If in addition to puffiness there is excess skin, the skin is removed through an incision made just beneath the eyelashes along the lower lid. Sometimes, blepharoplasty is combined with laser skin tightening or a chemical peel.