Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the eyelids.
Whether you want to improve your appearance or are experiencing functional problems with your eyelids, eyelid surgery can rejuvenate the area surrounding your eyes.
Eyelid surgery can be done in conjunction with other procedures such as facelift and brow lift to achieve the desired look. Your surgeon will advise you what you will benefit from most.
The Eyelid Surgery Process
- During your initial consultation, you will meet with the plastic surgeon to discuss your medical history.
- Your skin quality will be evaluated
- Recovery time, risks and limitations associated with surgery will be also be discussed. The doctor’s patient coordinator will review surgical costs and scheduling with you.
- During the surgery, you will require anesthesia. Blepharoplasty is usually performed under local anesthesia along with intravenous sedation as an outpatient procedure.
- The incisions are made in the creases of your upper eyelids and just below the lash line of the lower eyelids.
- If only fat is to be removed from the lower eyelids, the incisions will be made inside the lower eyelids. This procedure is called Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty and is performed on patients whose major complaint is fat pockets beneath the eyelid.
Specifically, eyelid surgery can treat:
- Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision
- Fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the eyelids
- Bags under the eyes
- Drooping lower eyelids that reveal white below the iris
- Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid