What is blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery?
Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is a surgical procedure that reduces any “puffy eyes” or bagginess. 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.
Why would one want eyelid surgery?
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.
What does an oculoplastic surgeon do during eyelid surgery?
An oculoplastic surgeon will administer medications and local anesthesia for the surgery. During the procedure, incision lines are designed by your surgeon to conceal any scars from the surgery to fit the natural structures of your eyelid.
In most cases, the oculoplastic surgeon can remove or reposition fat deposits, tighten muscles, and/or remove excess skin through the incision made in your upper eyelid. The incision for lower eyelids is hidden just below the lower lashes to ensure scarring is close to invisible. Most incisions are closed with sutures or skin glue and sutures can be removed within a week.
What happens after eyelid 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.
Are you a candidate 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.
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
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