Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess skin and fatty deposits from the area around the eyelids. Depending upon the patient’s needs, eyelid surgery can be performed on the upper eyelids only, the lower eyelids only or on both the upper and lower eyelids. The procedure can remove the puffy bags under the patient’s eyes and correct drooping lids. This results in a younger, more alert, and youthful appearance.
Blepharoplasty can be performed alone or with other facial surgeries or treatments as needed. If the upper eyelid condition is accompanied by sagging of the eyebrows, then a forehead lift may also be recommended. Smoothing of crow’s feet may be accomplished with BOTOX®, chemical peels or laser resurfacing procedures. Circles beneath the eyes caused by dark pigmentation may be treated with fillers such as hyaluronic acid as well as bleaching solution or chemical peel.
Results of Blepharoplasty
Eyelid surgery has the effect of making you look more rested, refreshed and alert. The healing process is gradual because the skin around your eyes is so delicate and susceptible to bruising. There can be a feeling of dryness or irritation in the eye that requires treatment. You should expect to wait several weeks to get an accurate picture of the results. Incisions will fade over a number of months to become barely visible.
The results are long-lasting, but they may be affected by heredity and lifestyle factors. Removal of fat from your eyelids, which is usually the cause of puffiness and bags, is permanent, and these conditions generally will not recur. The skin will continue to age, however, and skin laxity along with the fine wrinkling of the eyelid area may return. Sometimes loss of tone in the forehead causes additional sagging of the eyebrows which mimics a recurrence of drooping upper eyelids. If this happens, correction may require a forehead lift or a secondary eyelid procedure.
Fortunately, significant complications from aesthetic eyelid surgery are infrequent. The subject of risks and potential complications is best discussed on a personal basis between you and Dr. McGee. There is a possibility of impaired eyelid function that sometimes needs to be corrected by additional surgery. You can help minimize certain risks by following the advice and instructions for your pre and post-surgical care.