Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a common cosmetic procedure, typically performed on men and women between the ages of 40 and 60. Blepharoplasty effectively reverses the signs of aging in the upper and lower eyelids. Upper Blepharoplasty is generally used to remove loose or drooping skin from the upper eyelid, which creates a “hooding” appearance. For upper blepharoplasty, the incisions are placed in natural folds to make the scars as invisible as possible.
Lower Blepharoplasty is generally done to treat and remove herniated fat from the lower eyelid that creates the “bags” underneath the eyes. The incisions are made through the inside of the lower eyelid, which makes the scar completely invisible. A portion of the orbital fat is removed and dissolving sutures are placed. Occasionally, excess skin of the lower eyelid can be removed but the decision to do so is made on an individual basis.
Blepharoplasty is typically performed under sedation. Patients can expect some minor swelling and bruising around the eyes, and can return to work or school in approximately 5-7 days.