Blepharoplasty - Eyelid Surgery
Blepharoplasty is also called eyelid surgery and is often performed on people whose eyelids have become droopy or who have bags under their eyes. These problems can make you look tired and older than you really are, while blepharoplasty can reverse those issues.
With this procedure, excess skin, muscle tissue, and fat are removed from around the eyes to provide firm, smooth skin.
As people age, the skin loses its elasticity and begins to stretch and sag. Fat accumulates and the muscles get weaker. The result is droopy eyelids and baggy areas under the eyes.
Blepharoplasty is performed by making incisions along the crease of the upper eyelids. The surgeon separates the skin from the fatty tissue and removes the excess fat and skin. The incision is then closed with very tiny sutures.
Very little scarring is seen and is seldom noticeable since it follows the crease of the lid. Your eyes will be lubricated and bandaged after the procedure. After one or two days, most people can read and watch TV. They usually feel back to normal after about a week.
This procedure can be performed along with other cosmetic procedures such as a facelift or brow lift. It can be done by either local or general anesthesia. The ideal candidate is the person with noticeable bags under their eyes or droopy eyelids. They are usually over 35 but can be younger if the problems are hereditary rather than caused by aging.
Your plastic surgeon should speak with your ophthalmologist before the procedure to ensure there are no unusual risks for you. Some conditions that would be classified as unusual risks include dry eyes, Graves; disease, high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, and other circulatory issues. You should speak with your medical doctor and ophthalmologist before having the procedure.