Eyelid Lift - Blepharoplasty
Introduction to Eyelid Surgery
There is no question that age takes its toll on the body. Unfortunately, the eyes are one of the first indications of the aging process. Eyelids tend to droop due to thinning skin that begins to stretch, at times even limiting eyesight. Unsightly bags appear under the eyes while telltale wrinkles develop at the corners with creasing above the eyebrows, all working to create a tired appearance. Even though you may not feel old or tired, your eyes say you are. Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, performed on either or both upper and lower lids can alleviate the problem and help the eyes sparkle once more. Many blepharoplasty patients enjoy a restored confidence in their appearance as their eyes take on a more youthful glow.
About the Procedure
The plastic surgery procedure itself is relatively simple. It is usually performed in a surgical center, hospital or surgically equipped office as an outpatient. After receiving intravenous sedation or a general anesthesia, the drooping upper eyelid is corrected by surgically cutting a line along the natural eyelid crease. The plastic surgeon then removes or redistributes the fat deposits, tightens eyelid muscles and decreases the amount of extra skin in the area. When the lower lid is the culprit, an incision is made below the lower eyelash line and the extra skin is taken off. Excess stores of fat are also removed or repositioned to tighten the area. An alternative method is to perform a transconjunctival incision inside the lower lid, taking out or repositioning the excess fat. Incisions are sutured or taped and after a short recovery period, the patient is free to go home and recuperate. The patient can expect immediate results although swelling of the eyelid area will continue for a week to ten days.