» Eyelid Surgery / Blepharoplasty
Eyelid Surgery / Blepharoplasty
The eyes are focal point of the face
and contribute substantially to your overall facial appearance. Bags beneath
the eyes, wrinkled drooping layers of skin on the eyelids, and sagging
eyebrows give the entire face a perpetually tired or sad expression.As you
age, your eyelids stretch, and the muscles supporting them weaken. As a
result, excess fat may gather above and below your eyelids, causing sagging
eyebrows, droopy upper lids and bags under your eyes.
You may be a candidate for blepharoplasty if droopy or sagging eyelids keep
your eyes from opening completely or pull down your lower eyelids. Removing
excess tissue from your upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both can improve
vision and make your eyes appear younger and more alert.Aesthetic eyelid
surgery can "brighten" the face and restore a more youthful
appearance by reducing the fat and extra skin that causes these conditions.
Blepharoplasty is often performed along with a face-lift or with other
facial rejuvenating procedures.
The surgeon may operate on the upper
and lower eyelids as necessary, removing excess skin and muscle as well as
eliminating or repositioning fat under the skin that creates puffiness and
bagginess of the eyelids. Incisions are hidden within natural folds or
beneath lash lines, or sometimes may be placed inside the lower eyelid if
removal of skin is not necessary.
Since the eyelid skin is thin, you should expect some swelling and
black-and-blue discoloration after surgery. Your eyes may be temporarily
sensitive to light and susceptible to excess tearing or dryness. You may
want to wear dark glasses for a couple of weeks to protect your eyes from
wind and sun irritation and avoid eye strain from prolonged reading or
television viewing. You will be able to resume wearing makeup and contact
lenses shortly after your surgery.