Blepharoplasty - Eyelid Surgery
More than any other facial feature, the eyes and their expression have a tremendous impact on your overall appearance. Unfortunately, your eyes are often the first place to show signs of aging.
This is because the skin around your eyes is half as thin as on the rest of your face. It also has fewer oil glands, weaker internal support, and gets more exercise than even your mouth. This, combined with genetic factors, sun damage, stress and fatigue, explains why the eyelids are often the first areas to show signs of aging and why so many people, young and old, men and women, can benefit from eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty).
It can really make a big difference in the way you look.
A blepharoplasty can remove bags, pouches and excess skin from under and over the eyes. In some cases, where excess of eyelid tissue is present, the blepharoplasty is combined with feminization of the forehead.
During upper eyelid surgery your plastic surgeon makes incisions along your natural skin lines and creases, and then separates the skin from underlying muscle and fatty tissue. Once separated, the excess skin (which causes the wrinkles) and fat (which causes the heaviness) is removed and/or sculpted and the incisions are closed.
During surgery of the lower lids, the incision is often made inside the rim of the eyelid. The fat pads causing the «bags» are removed or repositioned. Wrinkles and crow’s feet around the eyes can also be resurfaced with chemical peel during the same procedure to produce an even more youthful-looking result. If the muscles of the lower lids and/or skin need to be tightened, a small, virtually invisible incision is made under the lower eyelashes. This incision is closed with very fine stitches with are removed 5-7 days after surgery.
Blepharoplasty can be performed in combination with a forehead reconstruction and rhinoplasty in the same procedure.