Blepharoplasty (Eye Lift)
What is a Blepharoplasty (Eye Lift)?
Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelift surgery, is a procedure performed to restore a more youthful appearance to the area around the eye. This can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. As we age the fat pockets around the eye begin to bulge. The resulting effect on the upper eyelids is that the skin hangs and can even obstruct vision in some instances. More often though it just leads to a “tired” appearance. For women, it can cause makeup smudging. On the lower lids, the effect is bulges, or “bags”, and wrinkles.
Things which may contribute to sagging eyelids include:
- Sun damage
- Hereditary factors
- Skin losing elasticity
How Is The Procedure Done?
The lids are “lifted” by removal of extra skin and a small amount of fat is removed when indicated. The upper lid blepharoplasty is done through an incision made in the upper eyelid crease. The procedure can be done with an incision just below the lower lash line. Another incision on the inside of the lower lid can be done for those with not much skin excess but who have bulges with the appearance of dark circles. No skin will be removed in this case.
What Blepharoplasty Will & Will Not Do
Having a blepharoplasty will not necessarily take away dark circles under the eyes or treat crow’s feet. Depending on the cause, some of these issues can be addressed with other procedures, such as Botox or Dysport and HA fillers. Some people who have “sagging lids” may not actually need a blepharoplasty. In some cases, it is sagging brow skin that can cause a similar appearance. In that case, a browlift procedure is necessary in order to keep the brow skin from sagging over the upper eyelid region.
Blepharoplasty Before and After