Eyelid Surgery

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Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the eyelids.

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This surgery involves removal of excessive skin and bulging fat tissue and the procedure can be performed for both upper and lower eyelid. The intent is to obtain rejuvenated eye contours that look non-puffy and stunning. The skin around the eye (periocular skin) will sag and fat pads will develop due to years of stress and sleep deprivation, resulting in tired and old looking eyes and impaired visual field.

An eyelid surgery procedure includes the following steps:

Step 1 – Anesthesia

Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.

Step 2 – The incision

The incision lines for eyelid surgery are designed so the resultant scars will be well concealed within the natural structures of the eyelid region.

The upper eyelid can be corrected through an incision within the natural crease on the eyelid. This allows for removal or repositioning of fat deposits, tightening of muscles and removal of excess skin.

Conditions of the lower eyelid may be corrected with an incision just below the lower lash line. Through this incision, excess skin in the lower eyelid is removed. Again, the excess fat can be repositioned or removed.

A transconjunctival incision, created on the inside of the lower eyelid, is an alternate technique to correct lower eyelid conditions and redistribute or remove excess fat. With this technique, no skin is removed.

Step 3 – Closing the incisions

Eyelid incisions typically are closed with sutures or skin glue. Sutures are removed within one week.

Your surgeon may also suggest use of a laser or chemical peel to reduce discoloration of the lower eyelids.

Step 4 – See the results

The results of eyelid surgery will appear gradually as swelling and bruising subside to reveal a smooth, better-defined eyelid and surrounding region, and more alert and surgery results.

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