A blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, improves the look of the eye area. The surgery lifts droopy eyelids and removes excess skin and fat deposits. This decreases the patient’s puffiness and under eye bags. Our double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Andrew Campbell, performs eyelid surgery on both the upper and lower eyelids.
Those who notice signs of aging in the eye area often seek eyelid surgery as a way to brighten their appearance. Some patients have this procedure as early as their 20s or 30s to reduce the look of inherited traits such as under eye bags and droopy eyelids. When droopy eyelids cause severe sight impairment, the surgery can help improve sight and may even be covered by medical insurance.
THE EYELID SURGERY
During your blepharoplasty consultation, Dr. Campbell will examine your eyes and lids, looking for signs of excess laxity or inflammation. It is important for him to know if you have a history of autoimmune or thyroid disorders, dry eye, or previous eye surgeries.
Eyelid surgery for the upper eyelids involves making incisions where the skin crease forms, minimizing the appearance of the resulting scar. Dr. Campbell removes excess skin, fat, and muscle to create a more vibrant, youthful look. Many times, Dr. Campbell can perform the surgery under local anesthesia in the office setting.
For the lower eyelids, incisions are commonly made on the inside of the lower lid, thus eliminating scarring. The doctor then removes excess fat to reduce the appearance of under eye bags. In certain patients, the fat is repositioned instead of being removed. This avoids a “hollow” appearance that frequently occurs from overaggressive treatment of the eyelids. This is important in some patients so that an operated look can be avoided and they can achieve a natural appearance.
BLEPHAROPLASTY RECOVERY AND RESULTS
Recovery time is short with eyelid surgery and patients are able to go home the same day. Eyes may be temporarily more sensitive to light. In this case, eye drops may be provided to ensure a comfortable recovery.
The doctor removes sutures three to four days following blepharoplasty. A small amount of bruising may appear around the eyes. However, any bruising and swelling usually disappears within a week. A small amount of remaining swelling may take several months to fully subside.
The results of eyelid surgery appear virtually immediately and can last a lifetime. However, the eyes can sag again, but not to the extent that they would have if eye surgery had not been performed. Overall, you will see a refined look with a younger, firmer-looking eye area that radiates to the rest of your face.