As a natural effect of aging as well as hereditary and environmental factors, your eyelids can stretch, the tissues can lose their elasticity and excess fat may start to accumulate in the areas around them. These changes can make your face appear older or more tired, and even limit your peripheral vision. Blepharoplasty is a common cosmetic procedure that can repair droopy or sagging eyelids and eliminate unwanted puffiness under the eyes by removing problematic areas of fat, skin and muscle tissue to improve your facial contours and restore a more youthful appearance.
Depending upon your specific needs and cosmetic goals, eyelid surgery can be performed on the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both above and below the eyes. While blepharoplasty may be provided as a single surgery, additional procedures such as a facelift, browlift or skin resurfacing are sometimes recommended to address multiple aspects of facial aesthetics to achieve the best results.
While the tissues around the eyes are delicate, the procedure produces minimal and virtually invisible surgical scars. For upper eyelid procedures fine sutures are placed along the natural folds above the eyes. In procedures to reduce puffiness and bags under the eyes, the sutures are inconspicuously located along the lashline, or depending upon the details of the surgery, inside the lower lid.
Although you may experience some swelling and bruising after blepharoplasty, the eyelids heal remarkably quickly. Our office will give you specific instructions on how best to care for the eyelid area following your surgery and instructions as to which activities to temporarily avoid.
The satisfying effects of facial surgery to improve the appearance of the areas around your eyes last long after the treatment. Many patients who have undergone a blepharoplasty report a renewed sense of confidence and a more positive self-image.