Blepharoplasty Target Areas
A blepharoplasty can be performed on the lower or upper eyelids, or both, to address concerns including:
- Eyelids that look puffy due to excess fat
- Eyelids that sag with loose skin
- The appearance of bags or hollows under the eyes
- Excess skin on the upper eyelids that impairs vision
Eyelid surgery removes surplus skin and fatty deposits for a smooth tone and, in many cases, improved vision.
The Blepharoplasty Procedure
The surgical approach for blepharoplasty differs depending on the eyelid affected (upper or lower), and the specific condition being addressed. In most cases, tiny incisions are made so residual scars are concealed within the folds of the eyelids or eyelash lines.
Excess skin and fat are removed. The underlying musculature may be tightened, and the remaining skin and fat are repositioned for a symmetrical, youthful, refreshed look.
Eyelid Surgery and a Brow Lift
A blepharoplasty is often conducted with a brow lift
, which removes loose skin and excess fat that gathers in the forehead to create a drooping brow.
Eyelid surgery as a complement to a brow lift can be especially beneficial to those with sagging skin or fatty deposits in the upper eyelids. Whether performed independently or together, blepharoplasties and brow lifts can be used simply to rejuvenate appearance around the eyes and brow as well as to improve one’s field of vision.
Blepharoplasty Recovery and Results
Your plastic surgeon will review your recovery guidelines with you in detail during your consultation, including instructions on how to care for your eyes as you heal. Patients may experience temporary blurred vision, watery eyes and light sensitivity following surgery.
The results of your blepharoplasty will become more evident as you heal and the lingering redness, swelling, and bruising subsides. Most patients see their desired results within several weeks, although the skin tone and fine lines will continue to resolve.
With proper care—including sun protection—the effects of eyelid surgery are long-lasting. That said, blepharoplasty doesn’t stop the aging process. Over time, droopy eyelids may return, and some patients choose a revision procedure years later to restore their appearance.