What is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure that aims to improve the appearance of the upper and lower eyelids. It can sometimes be referred to as an "eyelid lift." The goals include removing excess fat deposits that cause a lower lid bulge, excess skin that causes a sagging and tired appearance, or tightening of the muscles.
Should I consider eyelid surgery?
Many people who consider eyelid surgery do so because of a "tired" or "aged" appearance. The most common reason is due to excess skin and loss of elasticity. Because the main cause is excess skin and sagging, blepharoplasty surgery can usually be done in the office with minimal down-time for recovery.
How is it performed?
Blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) can usually be performed under local anesthesia with or without intravenous sedation. The procedure is performed as an outpatient allowing you to go home afterwards.
In most cases an upper lid incision will be made in the normal fold or skin crease of your eyelid so as to be hardly noticeable once it heals. The upper lid contains two fat pockets whereas the lower lid contains three fat pockets. This incision allows the excess amount of skin and fat to be removed from the upper lid.
Another incision can be made in the lower lid just below the eyelash line. This allows for the best cosmetic camoflague of the incisions. Recovery is often less than a week, and bruising tends to be minimal.