Blepharoplasty, commonly called eyelid surgery, is a surgical eye procedure designed to remove fat along with excess skin from the upper and lower eyelids. If a patient has drooping eyelids or heavy bags under the eyes, blepharoplasty can improve both vision quality and facial appearance. This surgery is not a replacement surgery for BOTOX injections and will not remove crows feet or wrinkles.
Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty
To perform upper eyelid surgery, an incision is made in the upper eyelid crease to remove excess eyelid skin. The original incision is then closed with fine, dissolvable stitches. Because the incisions are made in the eyelids’ natural contours, they are barely visible. These cutmarks will eventually dissolve or fade over time. There is a mild amount of bruising following this type of surgery, but does not last long and is usually gone within seven days. Both absorbable and non- absorbable sutures can be used for this procedure.
If you are bothered by changes in your lid appearance, you may be an excellent candidate for blepharoplasty. Most of the time this procedure is covered by insurance. Photos are taken and visual field testing are performed prior to surgery. The procedure is performed in our office. Patients must be off blood thinning medications prior to surgery.
If you have questions regarding blepharoplasty, please feel free to contact our office.