Blepharoplasty refers to eyelid surgery and is designed to remove the
excess fat, along with skin and muscle, from the upper and lower eyelids.
It is the second most common aesthetic procedure performed by plastic
What are the goals
A properly performed blepharoplasty procedure will brighten the face and
restore a more youthful appearance. In some patients the procedure will
improve vision by removing the excessive skin of the upper eyelids which
can hang down and interfere with peripheral vision.
How is the procedure
Eyelid surgery is usually performed using local anesthesia and light
intravenous sedation. It is commonly done in a doctor's office, outpatient
surgical center or, in some cases, in a hospital. The procedure is most
often performed on an outpatient basis.
Are there scars
from the blepharoplasty procedure?
Scars are a result of any surgical procedure. The incisions made to
accomplish the goals of the procedure are barely visible after several
months as they are placed within the normal creases and folds of the upper
and lower eyelids. In patients who only need removal of fat from the lower
eyelids, the incision can be made on the inside of the eyelid, and will
therefore result in an invisible scar.
Will the fine wrinkles
around my eyes go away after blepharoplasty?
As the skin tightens, many wrinkles go away. Some fine ones may not.
Other wrinkles are the result of natural interaction of the skin and the
underlying muscles and are part of normal expressions. There are skin
treatments that can minimize fine wrinkles that can be done in conjunction
What about my sagging
eyebrows and dark circles under my eyes?
The blepharoplasty procedure will not eradicate the wrinkles around the
eyes (crow's feet) nor will it elevate droopy eyebrow. There are other
procedures designed for these purposes. Dark circles under the eyes may
improve a bit if this is related to large bags , but most often the dark
appearance of the lower eyelid skin remains.
Can anyone have
The best patients are those who are healthy, psychologically stable
and well motivated. Some medical conditions may increase the risk of blepharoplasty
surgery such as thyroid disease, high blood pressure, and patients who
do not make sufficient tears to keep their eyes well lubricated.
What are the risks
involved with this procedure?
Fortunately, when performed by a competent plastic surgeon, complications
are infrequent and minor. All patients will experience some bruising and
swelling for a few days after the surgery. In addition, a temporary problem
with closure of the eyelids is usually seen. Some may have temporary blurring
of their vision, usually due to the ointments applied to the incisions
post operatively. In rare instances, the lower eyelid may be pulled down
causing an ectropion. If this does not resolve on its own, further surgery
may be necessary. The theoretical complications of any surgical procedure,
such as bleeding, infection, wound disruption and heavy scarring are also
possible, but rare.
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