What is Blepharitis?
Upper Lid Blepharoplasty
Upper lid blepharoplasty, also known as a "lid lift," is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fatty tissue from the upper eyelids. This excess skin can occur with age, from seasonal allergies, or from lifestyle issues such as sun exposure and smoking. There may also be a hereditary component. In many cases, this excess skin can give the patient a "tired" look. Extra effort may be needed to keep one's eyes fully open due to this excess skin. In extreme cases, the excess skin can hang over the eyelid, interfering with vision and causing chronic skin irritation.
Upper eyelid blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure. The incision is made in the natural lid crease of the eyelid. After the excess tissue is removed, tiny stitches are placed that will be removed in the office the following week. Because these incisions are strategically placed along the natural contours of the eyelid, the line is typically barely visible.
Lower Lid Blepharoplasty
Lower lid blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure to remove the excess fatty pads ("bags") and skin from the lower lids. Typically, a fine incision is made just below the eyelashes. This incision may be extended if correction of lower lid laxity is needed. Tiny stitches are placed to secure the tissue at the conclusion of the procedure. These stitches will be gently removed in the office the following week.
Is Blepharoplasty Right for Me?
The best candidates for upper and lower lid cosmetic blepharoplasty are those patients who are physically healthy and well informed about the improvements that can be achieved through surgery. Those who can benefit from blepharoplasty can be any age, from 30 to 80, although most patients are in their 40s, 50s and 60s.
Your general health, as well as your eye health, will be carefully reviewed during your consultation. Your expectations and your anticipated outcomes will also be addressed during this visit.