Eyelid surgery, or Blepharoplasty (pronounced blef-re-plastee), is a procedure that will lift and reinvigorate mature or fatigued appearing eyelids. It will also tighten and diminish puffy bags below your eyes. By tightening the tissue of the eye and diminishing obvious signs of aging, blepharoplasty can refresh your appearance and create a more youthful expression.
Blepharoplasty is also used to add an upper eyelid crease to Asian eyes. It will not, however, remove crow’s feet or other wrinkles, eliminate dark circles under your eyes, or lift sagging eyebrows.
Blepharoplasty can be done alone or in conjunction with other procedures such as browlift, BOTOX®, facial sculpting, or laser resurfacing. When done with laser resurfacing or facial sculpting to reduce wrinkles a more rejuvenated look to your eyes and overall appearance may result.
It is good to understand your expectations and how blepharoplasty can help you achieve them. A consultation with our physicians will help determine if you are a good candidate for upper and lower lid blepharoplasty, and other procedures that may be beneficial to you.
In a typical procedure, our doctors make incisions following the natural lines of your eyelids (in the crease of your upper lids and just below the lashes in the lower lids) which reduce any appearance of scars. The surgeon removes from under the skin excess fatty tissue, trims sagging skin, or shortens lax muscle. The incisions are then closed with very fine sutures. We use sutures that will dissolve on their own and do not need to be removed. Non-dissolvable sutures may need to be used in some instances and if that is the case you will be told to make a separate appointment to have them removed. We ensure a quality recovery period with close follow-up appointments for all our patients.
The best candidates for eyelid surgery are men and women who are physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in their expectations. Most are 35 or older, but if droopy, baggy eyelids run in your family, you may decide to have eyelid surgery at a younger age.