Eyelid skin is the thinnest skin in your face. As time passes, it is especially susceptible to signs of aging. Your upper eyelids may droop, develop skin redundancy, and the bags under your eyes may become puffier. The dark spots under your eyes may become more noticeable with a more pronounce “tear trough” deformity. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, may be performed on the upper and/or lower eyelids and is often the best treatment option for these issues.
Many people get blepharoplasty to correct these symptoms for cosmetic reasons. However, the procedure can also be performed for functional purposes. If your sagging upper eyelids have been obstructing your field of vision, you may be an excellent candidate for upper eyelid surgery. In such a case, most insurance plans cover the procedure. Blepharoplasty can improve your quality of life and your self-confidence by giving you the look you always wanted.
Good Candidates for Surgery
There are many reasons a person may wish to have eyelid surgery. Most often, people who have the procedure have one or more of the following findings:
- Bags under the eyes
- Dark shadows under the eyes
- Excess upper and/or lower eyelid skin
- Wrinkles under the eyes
- Hollow, dark tear troughs
- Upper eyelid ptosis, or drooping, especially if it affects the ability to see properly
- Irritation due to friction between folds of skin
- Decreased field of vision from heavy upper eyelids
- Stressed forehead muscles from lifting sagging eyelids.
Patients must not have any eye conditions, dry eyes, nor any significant illnesses. Smokers are also not eligible for this procedure.
How It Works
There are two types of eyelid surgery: upper blepharoplasty and lower blepharoplasty. Upper eyelid surgery reduces skin redundancy by removing excessive skin with or without removing herniating fat. This procedure typically takes about 60 minutes. It may be performed under local anesthesia in the office or some light sedation in an operating room, depending on the patient’s preference.
Lower eyelid surgery may involve an internal incision, external incision or both. External incisions are well camouflaged and placed just below the lash line, and internal incisions are applied through the inside of the eyelid. Fat transposition or tissue grafting is used for tear trough correction. This procedure takes approximately 60 to 90 minutes and is performed in an operating room under sedation or general anesthesia.
Your doctor will discuss with you the best option for surgery based on your needs. Our trained professionals work diligently to ensure you have the best possible results.
After surgery, your eyes will appear more youthful and rested. Your eyelid skin will be firmer and tighter. Some of the other advantages of blepharoplasty include:
- A refreshed and more alert appearance
- Diminished bags under your eyes
- Improved dark shadows under the eyes
- Reduced discomfort, pain or stress on the eyelids
- Drooping eyelids no longer obstruct vision
- Camouflaged tear troughs
- Enhanced appearance and self-esteem
If you feel like you would benefit from bright and refreshed eyes, please call us today for a consultation. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.