What Is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty, more commonly known as eyelid surgery, can help to remove extra skin and improve the appearance of your eyes. Keep reading to learn more.

Why blepharoplasty?
eyelid surgeryAs people get older, their skin becomes less firm and elastic. This can lead to sagging and loose skin—including the skin around your eyes. Sagging loose skin can leave you with bags underneath your eyes, and heavy eyelids that can interfere with your vision. Blepharoplasty is a procedure that very carefully removes extra skin on the upper eyelid and underneath the eye as needed. It can make it easier for patients to see, make you look younger and more refreshed, and eliminate bags underneath your eyes.

What can blepharoplasty accomplish?
Blepharoplasty is best suited to removing excess skin and fatty deposits from the upper and lower eyelids. It can remove puffiness, correct sagging, and make your eyes look younger and more alert.

What are the limitations?
While blepharoplasty can improve the appearance of your eyes and make you look younger, it does not change the shape of your eyes or eliminate dark circles. It also does not address crow’s feet and other wrinkles near the eyes. If you want to address these other issues, it may be wise to talk to your doctor about combining blepharoplasty with another cosmetic treatment.

What should you expect?
Blepharoplasty takes about an hour and is performed while a patient is under general anesthesia, local anesthesia, or sedation. It can be done alone or combined with other cosmetic procedures such as a facelift, brow lift, laser resurfacing, or forehead lift.

During the procedure, incisions are made in the crease of the upper eyelid where they will be inconspicuous. If the lower lid needs correction, incisions will be made inside the lashline. After the incisions have been made extra fat and skin are removed and the incisions are closed with sutures that dissolve after 3-5 days.

The complete results will be visible 2-3 weeks after the surgery. If you’d like to learn more about blepharoplasty and other cosmetic procedures, schedule a consultation with Dr. D’Amico.

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