Blepharoplasty is a procedure in which excess fat and/or skin is removed along the upper or lower lids. These areas may exhibit wrinkles, loose skin, and bulges due to either heredity/genetics or the aging process. Pouches or bags of the upper and lower lids are generally due to herniations of the fat normally located in the eye socket.
Who is a candidate for Blepharoplasty?
- If you have excessive, sagging or wrinkled upper or lower eyelid skin.
- If you have excess upper eyelid skin that interferes with vision.
- If you have lost your natural upper eyelid crease.
- If you have puffy pouches of fat in the upper or lowers lids that create a tired or aged appearance.
- A refreshed appearance, with a younger, firmer eye area.
- Widening of visual fields if excessive upper lid skin has partially blocked vision.
Will the fine wrinkling around my eyes (crows feet) go away and what about the dark circles under my eyes?
Dark circles under the eyes may improve if they are related to large bags but a blepharoplasty will usually not improve the dark pigmentation of lower eyelid skin. Phenol chemical peeling can improve dark pigmentation. Droopy eyebrows are also not corrected by a blepharoplasty. Instead this requires a brow lift or forehead lift.
All patients’ experience some bruising and swelling for several days after surgery. As with all surgery there are risks and potential complications and the risks and benefits must be carefully considered prior to the procedure.