What is Blepharoplasty and Who Is It For?
If you’ve ever heard of someone having a blepharoplasty, you may wonder what type of surgery they just had. Blepharoplasty is a very large word for what is otherwise known as eyelid surgery.
People typically consider an eyelid surgery for the following reasons:
- Excess, hanging skin covering the natural fold of the upper eyelids
- Loose skin hanging down from the upper eyelids over the eyelashes
- Puffy upper and lower eyelids that result in tired looking eyes
- Deep grooves under the eyes
How is a blepharoplasty performed?
A blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper lid, lower lid, or both at the same time.
The plastic surgeon will mark your eyelids to distinguish where the excess skin and fat pads need to be removed. Some underlying muscle may also need to be removed.
During the procedure, the plastic surgeon will then make an incision in the natural folds of your eyelid so that they are unnoticeable once you’ve healed. He or she will then remove the excess skin and fat using surgical tools. Sutures or tissue adhesives are then applied to smooth and reconfigure the areas around the eyebrows and eyelids.
Many times a blepharoplasty is done for cosmetic reasons, but there are some occasions where it is medically necessary. A functional eye lift is done if there is loose skin on the upper eyelid that droops so much that it impairs your vision or makes it difficult for you to wear contacts or glasses.
Benefits of a Blepharoplasty
People who have had a blepharoplasty can enjoy many benefits including healthier and younger looking skin with the elimination of puffiness and bags under the lower eyelid and the hooded skin on the upper lid. People who had vision problems due to overhanging eyelids will also see a difference. Patients can typically return to work within one week of having the surgery.