Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
Blepharoplasty is the name for an entire family of eyelid surgery. Any one operation may include several components designed to restore what time and gravity have taken away. Modern blepharoplasty has expanded well beyond conventional boundaries. Forehead lifts, facelifts, and blepharoplasty have evolved to manage codependent problems.
As the aging face sags, certain aspects may stand out and bother you more. However, when concerned about the eyelids, other facial feature may play a significant role and should be considered. When other facial features are part of the problem, cosmetic eye surgery sometimes is done in part through access from the face. Sometimes facial surgery is partly done through eyelid access.
Eyebrow position is very important when considering the upper lids. As the forehead sags, it affects the upper eyelids. Setting the brow position first helps determine if tissues are redundant and cosmetic eye surgery appropriate.
Different pages here will introduce you to who will benefit from this surgery, eyelid bags, risks, what happens during the operation, aftercare, and healing.
Eyes are a prominent feature of your face. They have been called the “gateway to the soul”. The globes themselves are expressionless. The eyelids and the surrounding skin and muscles express our emotions. Their appearance and movement attract constant attention. Age can show during animation and at rest. Blepharoplasty is a series of different operations for reshaping and adjusting the lids for both cosmetic and functional problems.
The eyelids protect your eyes. The outer covering is skin, the inner layer is lined with mucosa. Muscles close and open the lids. The tarsal plate made of cartilage provides the support for each lid edge. Glands in the lids add some of the secretions to lubricate the eye. Eyelashes also help shield the eye. There is a delicate balance between the different components.
If your eyelids look old, you will look old. As the lids age, the skin wrinkles, becoming redundant, and less opaque. Wrinkles can be only over the lids or extend beyond the eyes to become “crow’s feet”. Redundant skin on the upper eyelids can become so excessive as to hang beyond the lashes obscuring vision. The extra weight can make it difficult to open your eyes.
As the eyelid muscles and skin age, they sag, creating bulges. Appearance can sometimes be improved by removing some of the fat behind the muscles and or redraping the muscles.