Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is performed by our physician at the Facial Plastic and Laser Surgery Center. This procedure helps reverse the signs of aging around the eyes.
The earliest signs of facial aging are often reflected in the eyelids. Excess skin may begin to droop, and bulging fat pockets, called pseudohernias, may appear. People often experience wrinkles, crow's feet, and a hollowing under the lower eyelids. The upper eyelid crease may disappear under loose, sagging skin.
The Initial Consultation
Before any surgical decisions are made, patients consult with a physician to discuss the procedure. A detailed consultation includes a complete exam and reviewing vision and eye health history. The consultation also involves a full discussion of risks, benefits, costs, and other factors. In cases of upper eyelid vision obstruction, or ptosis, insurance benefits may apply.
What to Expect During the Surgery
The procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis with local anesthesia and sedation. Most patients don't require general anesthesia. Surgeons usually perform the upper procedure first and then the lower procedure, if necessary. Most surgeries take less than two hours.
With upper blepharoplasty, precise sculpting of the eyelid is performed to re-establish a more open eye with a more defined lid crease. A very small and inconspicuous incision is placed within the natural upper lid crease.
With lower blepharoplasty, fat bulges are reduced, and hollows are filled with transposed fat. The loose skin is trimmed or tightened with a laser or chemical peel. Lower blepharoplasty incisions can be placed inside the eyelid, which is called a transconjunctival approach.
The Recovery Process/Post-Procedure Care
Healing after a blepharoplasty is usually fast and inconspicuous. The procedure is often performed using local anesthesia with sedation, and general anesthesia is not required. Sutures are usually removed or dissolve by the fifth postoperative day. After recovery, patients exhibit a refreshed and younger appearance
A detailed consultation—including your vision and eye health history, a complete exam, and discussion of risks, benefits, costs and other factors—is necessary. In some cases of upper eyelid vision obstruction—or ptosis—insurance benefits may apply.
For more information about Blepharoplasties, or to schedule your personalized appointment with us, please call us 309-589-3223.