What is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is plastic surgery of the eyelids. In this common procedure, excess skin and fatty tissue are removed from around the eyes. Drooping eyebrows can also be corrected at the same time.
Why is Blepharoplasty performed?
Blepharoplasty can be done to improve both visual function and cosmetic appearance. Excessive upper lid tissue can block the upper field of vision. Correction of over hanging skin folds (see photos below) will improve the function of the upper eyelid and peripheral vision. Even if vision is not affected, blepharoplasty may be performed to improve a sagging, tired appearance.
What causes the excess eyelid tissue to form? Due to the effects of the sun, diet,pollutants, gravity, heredity and poor skin care, the skin around the eyes begins to loosen and relax. Over time, sagging occurs from the force of gravity pulling on the eyelid tissue.
What are the symptoms that indicate blepharoplasty is needed?
In addition to changes in appearance and a limited field of vision, excess eyelid tissue can also cause physical discomfort. The weight of the excess eyelid tissue may cause brow ache and fatigue. In some cases, excess skin may cause the eyelashes to turn in and irritate the eye.
How is blepharoplasty performed?
Excess skin and fatty tissue are removed from around the eyes. Upper and lower incision lines are are marked along the natural skin folds.