Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery comprises of surgery of the upper and/or lower eyelids. These procedures can help improve signs of aging and for patients that feel that their eyes have a "tired" appearance, can significantly improve and restore a more youthful and vibrant look. The eyes are one of the first things that people notice about others and hooding of the eyelids, bags around the eyes, and poor contours around the orbit can significantly detract from the aesthetics of ones face.
Blepharoplasty is surgery of the eyelids (upper and/or lower eyelids). Both surgeries can usually be done at the same time. These surgeries are mostly done in an outpatient setting at a hospital facility and you will be able to go home on the same day. For upper blepharoplasty, these procedures can sometimes be done in the office with numbing medicine.
Upper Blepharoplasty (Upper Eyelid Surgery)
The most common approach to improving the aesthetics of the upper lid involve removing excess upper eyelid skin which can cause "hooding" of the eyelid and obscuring the upper eyelid crease which is an important landmark and contributes significantly to upper eyelid beauty. The eyelid scar is usually imperceptible as it is kept within the crease of the eyelid and the eyelid skin usually heals extremely well. Sometimes excess fat that is herniating through the fat compartments is removed, but more recent improvements in eyelid surgery have shown that preservation of the youthful fat around the eye orbit are important for eye/orbital aesthetics.
Lower Blepharoplasty (Lower Eyelid Surgery)
Surgery of the lower eyelid is more variable in its approach. Depending on what your main complaints are regarding the lower eyelid, your surgeon may need to remove some herniating fat, replace fat at locations where fat has atrophied, and/or resect some excess lower eyelid skin. The position of the lower eyelid is also evaluated as it is important for beauty and more importantly function to maintain the lower eyelid in its normal anatomic location. Sometimes incisions are placed within the inner portion of the eyelid and sometimes on the outer skin depending on what your needs are. Again, scarring in this location is usually minimal, and incisions are virtually imperceptible to the naked eye.
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