Eyelid skin is normally smooth, but with time, the eyelid tissue stretches and the muscles weaken. This can leave eyelids looking puffy and tired. An outpatient eyelid blepharoplasty can address this puffiness and sagging, remove eyelid bags, and help to restore a more youthful, rested appearance.
Blepharoplasty is plastic surgery of the eyelids to restore the natural beauty and vision of your eyes. This surgery includes repairing droopy eyelids by removing excess skin, muscles and fat. As you age, your eyelids stretch, and the muscles supporting them weaken. As a result, excess fat may gather above and below your eyelids, causing sagging eyebrows, drooping upper lids and bags under your eyes. Besides making you look older, severely sagging skin around your eyes can impair your peripheral or side vision. Blepharoplasty can reduce or eliminate such impaired vision.
Blepharoplasty is normally done on an outpatient basis. To help decide if Blepharoplasty is right for you, find out what you can realistically expect from Dr. Garland and take time to explore the risks and benefits of Blepharoplasty.
Why is blepharoplasty performed?
Blepharoplasty can be done to improve both visual function and cosmetic appearance. Excessive upper eyelid tissue can block the upper field of vision. Correction of overhanging skin folds will improve the function of the upper eyelid and peripheral vision. Even if vision is not affected, blepharoplasty may be performed to improve a sagging, tired appearance.
What causes the excess eyelid tissue to form?
Due to the effects of the sun, diet, pollutants, gravity, heredity, and poor skin care, the skin around the eyes begins to loosen and relax. Over time, sagging occurs from the force of gravity pulling on the eyelid tissue. Changes also occur in the fatty tissue located just beneath the skin. These normally firm fat pads begin to protrude, causing bulges or “bags” to form under the eyes.
What are the symptoms that indicate blepharoplasty is needed?
In addition to changes in appearance and a limited field of vision, excess eyelid tissue can also cause physical discomfort. The weight of the excess eyelid tissue may cause brow ache and fatigue. In some cases, excess skin may cause the eyelashes to turn in and irritate the eye.
How is blepharoplasty performed?
Excess skin and fatty tissue are removed from around the eyes. Upper and lower incision lines are marked along the natural skin folds of the eyelids. The fine incisions made are hidden in the natural skin folds or lash lines of the eyelids and are almost invisible during healing. In some cases, with surgery of the lower eyelids, an incision is made on the underside of the eyelid so it is completely invisible during healing.
Blepharoplasty is usually performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia, depending on the amount of reconstruction needed, the patient’s preference, and health.
What is the Recovery?
Quiet rest with the head elevated is usually recommended after surgery to relieve any soreness and discomfort. Cold compresses may be applied to reduce swelling and bruising which may last several days. You will need to clean the area around the eye during healing and in some cases eye drops may be recommended.
Where fine sutures are used they either dissolve on their own or are removed a few days after surgery. Temporary blurred vision and excessive tearing may also be experienced after the procedure.
What are the Results?
The results of plastic eyelid surgery can be quite dramatic. However, the final outcome depends on many factors including the extent of reconstructive work required, the patient’s skin structure and age, and the healing process.
Expected benefits and possible complications should be discussed with the doctor prior to having surgery. Incision lines, which are hidden in the natural skin folds (upper lids), may initially appear as small red marks which fade over time. Ultimately, the fine hairline scars become virtually unnoticeable. In most cases, blepharoplasty can successfully improve visual function and physical appearance. Click here to see some of our before and after photos.
Why choose The Eye Center of North Florida?
Dr. Garland is an internationally renowned ocuplastic surgeon. With over 30 years of experience and more than 10,000 plastic surgeries to his credit, Dr. Garland is the optimal choice for your surgery. His professional surgery staff team is among the finest and most experienced in the Southeast. When choosing your surgeon, only the best should do and that is Dr. Garland at the Eye Center of North Florida. Call today for an appointment 850-784-3937.
The information provided here is for general education only and should not be construed as individual medical advice. For advice relevant to your particular situation, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Garland.