Eye contact is key in many business and social settings. Droopy eyelids have the ability to age us or make us appear fatigued; in some cases, they may impair vision. Men realize the importance of the appearance of their eyes and request the blepharoplasty procedures to minimize puffiness, sagging and hooding of the skin around the eyes. A blepharoplasty procedure can correct these problems, but will not correct dark circles, fine lines, and wrinkles around the eyes. Although blepharoplasty is typically performed as a single procedure, you may also request a brow lift, face-lift or skin resurfacing to achieve the best results.
Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, removes the excess fat and drooping skin from the upper or lower eyelids to rejuvenate your appearance. The removal of fat deposits minimizes bags under the eyes and tightens the lower eyelid skin.
Variations of Blepharoplasty include:
Upper eyelid surgery: Removes fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the upper eyelids
Lower eyelid surgery: Removes excess skin and wrinkles on the lower eyelid and corrects droopiness and bags under the eyes
Eyelid surgery usually takes from 1-3 hours, under local or general anesthesia. The doctor will make incisions in the crease of the upper eyelid and/or below the lashes of the lower eyelids. The placements of the incision lines are designed to minimize visible scarring. Once the incision is made, the doctor separates the skin from the fatty tissue and muscle, removes the excess fat and trims drooping skin and muscle. If there is no drooping skin to remove, the doctor may make an incision line below the lower lash line to remove the excess fat.
The ideal candidate for eyelid surgery is a non-smoking adult without pre-determined, serious eye conditions. Healthy facial tissue and muscles are desired. The patient should have realistic expectations for the outcome of the surgery.
- Temporary eyelid swelling, bruising, irritation or dry eyes
- Results of eyelid surgery will appear gradually as swelling and bruising subside
- Temporary discomfort and irritation at the incision line is possible
- Stitches will be removed 2 days to a week after surgery
- Avoid strenuous activities for 2 weeks after surgery