Why Have Eyelid Lift Surgery?
Blepharoplasties (or eyelid lift surgeries) can both serve a cosmetic as well as a functional purpose!
With the normal aging process, much of the muscles and skin in the face will begin to sag; eyelids are no exception! With respect to the upper eyelids, as this skin sags more, the vision begins to be impaired because of a “closed curtain” effect.
Excess skin around the upper eyelid or brow area can be removed or lifted to create a more youthful look as well as restore the decreased visual field.
We can perform blepharoplasty to correct sagging eyelids, bags, or pouches beneath the eyes as well as excess folds around the eyes. This surgical procedure involves the removal of excess skin and fat on upper and lower eyelids and is often performed in conjunction with other surgical procedures including facelifts, eyebrow and forehead lifts. Blepharoplasty can be done under general anesthesia (with you asleep) or under IV Sedation. Both are very comfortable options. Pre-medication is utilized prior to surgery to decrease swelling after the operation.
We will use the natural lines and creases of your face and make incredibly fine incisions from the inner to the outer edge of the eyelid. Surgery on the upper eyelid is performed first with the incision made in the fold of the lid. The incision is made below the eyelash on the lower eyelid. Any excess fat and skin are removed from the underlying compartments. The amount of fat excised is determined by the degree of protrusion of fat when pressure is applied to the area. Small sutures are used to close the incision and special ointments and dressings may be applied. The surgery can take up to two hours. In certain cases, lower eyelid incisions are made inside the lid.