Blepharoplasy (Eyelid Surgery)
One of the first signs of aging in the face is in the eyes. Patients complain of loose hanging skin or heaviness of the upper eyelids, and lower eyelid bags or hollowness between the lower lid and the cheek. The most definitive way to combat these signs of aging is with eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty.
Blepharoplasty is a procedure that eliminate excess skin and a small pocket of fat in the upper eyelids. A lower eyelid blepharoplasty involves the removal of excess skin and re-draping lower lid fat to smooth the transition from your lower lid into your cheek, resulting in a youthful appearance.
Upper and lower blepharoplasty may be done separately or combined in the same surgery, depending on your desired outcome and your anatomy.
1. Who is a good candidate for this procedure?
Upper eyelid surgery is best suited for patients with excess upper eyelid skin. Many women and men develop hooding of the upper eyelid skin or extra skin folds as they age, making them appear tired and creating a feeling of heaviness.
For the lower eyelid, patients will often complain of dark circles, hollowness, or eyelid bags. Friends and family may comment that you look tired and sad.
The most definitive and satisfying way to make your eyes appear more youthful is with a blepharoplasty.
2. How long does the surgery take? How long is the recovery?
On average, upper eyelid surgery is about an hour long. For lower eyelids, about 2 hours. When combined, the surgical time is about 3 hours.
This is an outpatient procedure, so after the surgery you will go to the recovery room and go home the same day. Most patients have little to no pain and are back to their daily routine by about a week post-op. Stitches are removed in the office and most patients use eyedrops for a few weeks after surgery.
3. Where is the scar?
For the upper eyelids, the incision is hidden in the eyelid crease and when it heals, the scar is camouflaged into the normal fold.
For the lower eyelids, the incisions are placed directly under your eyelashes and again are barely visible to the naked eye.
4. Are there nonsurgical options to improve the appearance of your eyes?
In patients with crows feet, Dr. Parcells offers Botox to smooth these lines around the eyes.
For crepe-y skin or brown spots, a combination of chemical peels and laser therapy can improve the quality, texture, and tone of your skin.