Types of Eyelid Surgery
The two primary types of eyelid surgery are upper and lower blepharoplasty.Schedule online
An upper blepharoplasty uses an incision in the creases of the upper eyelid to remove skin and fat. A thin stitch is used to close the skin.
A lower blepharoplasty involves an incision just below the lower lash line. Alternatively, an incision may be made on the inside of the lower eyelid (transconjunctival technique). This provides the surgeon with access to the eyelid without any visible incisions, and it is typically used for patients who require changes to the fat.
Eyelid surgery may be combined with laser resurfacing of the eyelid skin to soften lines and wrinkles around the eyes.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
If your eyelids are always drooping, you may look tired or sad. Upper eyelid surgery may help restore a naturally youthful shape. The procedure aims to correct sagging, wrinkled, and loose skin to give your eyes a more open, refreshed appearance.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
If you’ve noticed puffy, sagging bags beneath your eyes, lower eyelid surgery might be a good option. As we age, herniated fat collects beneath the eyes, resulting in bags that become more noticeable over time. Puffiness and bags can occur in patients as young as their mid-twenties resulting in a prematurely aged appearance.
Pros: Eliminates puffiness and bags under your eyes; Removes hooded skin from upper lids; Addresses any vision problems from heavy upper eyelids; Scars are hidden in the natural creases of your eyelids; If surgery is done under local anesthetic, there is less post-operative nausea and a shorter recovery time; Surgery usually takes under an hour; Recovery time is short, within one to two weeks; If your eyelids are obscuring your vision, surgery may be covered by insurance.
Cons: Some downtime after surgery, and you can expect swelling and bruising; You may need to have additional surgery, such as a brow lift; Some risk of bleeding and infection; Results aren’t permanent as the aging process continues – you may need another blepharoplasty after approximately 15 years; Slight risk of injuring your eye muscles; Correcting puffiness under the eyes may cause a more recessed, darker appearance in the undereye area – fat transfers and facial fillers may help; Removing too much skin during the surgery may interfere with closing your eyes.