About Blepharoplasty Eyelid Surgery or Eyelifts
Eyelid surgery such as blepharoplasty, or an eyelift, is a common type of procedure to help you look and see your best. Your eyes are one of the most important aspects of your appearance, and one of the first areas to show signs of aging. Dermatochalasis is the medical term that describes the loose excess skin of the eyelids that occurs with age. This extra skin can make eyelids feel weighed down and cause eyes to appear tired or older. In some cases, the excess eyelid skin can cause hooding and even obscure part of the vision. If the eyes are more open and relatively free of creases and folds, you will probably seem more rested and youthful. The eyelid surgery to correct the droopy, saggy tired looking eyelids is called blepharoplasty and can be performed on the upper or lower eyelids or both upper and lower eyelids.
Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty
Upper eyelid blepharoplasty results in the improvement of two characteristics of the aging upper eyelid area. The first is removal of the excess skin and reformation of the lid crease which was obscured by the folds of excess skin. The second is removal, if necessary, of herniated (or pushed forward) fat that leads to a "puffy" appearance. Blepharoplasty, however, does not correct crow's feet or lift sagging eyebrows.
Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty
Lower eyelid blepharoplasty can also involve removal of excess eyelid skin, but more often the appearance of swelling or "puffiness" of the lower eyelids is the reason for patients electing this surgery. In this case, fat pockets in the lower eyelids are pushing forward and this fat is removed. There are two different surgical techniques for this procedure. If there is excess lower eyelid skin that needs to be removed in addition to the fat, an inconspicuous incision that runs just beneath the lash line is used. Alternatively, if there is no excess skin, the fat pockets can be accessed through an incision made in the inner lining of the lower eyelid.
When might you benefit from eyelid surgery such as blepharoplasty?
When evaluating dermatochalasis or need for blepharoplasty at D'Ambrosio Eye Care the eye doctors will listen closely to your symptoms and concerns and may need to perform additional testing, including photographs and visual fields. Visual field testing will assess whether the excess skin is impairing the upper visual field. If surgery is deemed the appropriate next step, they will explain the entire procedure and what to expect before and afterwards. In most cases, blepharoplasty can be performed on an outpatient basis at the cataract & Laser Center of Gardner.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about blepharoplasty eyelid surgery such as eye lifts for droopy, puffy or saggy eyelids, please call D'Ambrosio Eye Care at 800-325-3937 to schedule an appointment.