Blepharoplasty

 

Cosmetic eyelid surgery, Blepharoplasty, Eyelift
Before Blepharoplasty

Cosmetic eyelid surgery, Blepharoplasty, Eyelift
After Blepharoplasty

   

What is Blepharoplasty?

Defining Blepharoplasty

What are the Goals of Blepharoplasty?

What are the Types of Blepharoplasty?

Based on desired results, blepharoplasty can be done either for functional or cosmetic purposes.

Functional or Reconstructive Blepharoplasty: This is performed to restore vision by removing excess skin, muscle and fat which blocks the visual axis. Following are the three essential elements of a functional blepharoplasty:

Cosmetic Blepharoplasty: The goal of cosmetic blepharoplasty is to accentuate the appearance of the eyes at the patient’s request and is not done to improve vision.

Anatomically, blepharoplasty can be performed on either the UPPER or LOWER eyelids, or BOTH eyelids.

Upper eyelid Blepharoplasty ("eye lift")

Cosmetic eyelid surgery, Blepharoplasty, Eyelift

  1. Incisions made on the outside of the upper eyelids are barely visible and fade over time.
  2. The excess fat is removed through incisions which are finally closed with fine sutures such that it forms an eyelid crease.
  3. It assists in the reduction of excess skin and fat in the upper eyelids.

Before and After Slider Animatition of Upper Blepharoplasty

Before and After Patient Photographs 

 

 

Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty

Cosmetic eyelid surgery, Blepharoplasty, Eyelift

  1. Lower eyelid blepharoplasty is almost always done for cosmetic reasons - to improve puffy lower eyelid "bags" or to reduce wrinkling of skin.
  2. This is done either through a skin incision, called trans-cutaneous approach or through the inner aspect of the eyelid, called trans-conjunctival approach.
  3. Incisions made on the inside of the eyelids in the trans-conjunctival approach are not visible.
  4. Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty reduces excess fat from within the lower eyelids through incisions which are then closed with fine sutures.

Combined Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty

Cosmetic eyelid surgery, Blepharoplasty, Eyelift

  1. This involves removal of excess skin and fat in both the upper as well as lower eyelids with smoothing of the muscle and other tissues.
  2. The excess skin and fat are removed through incisions which are finally closed with fine sutures resulting in a fine scar that forms an eyelid crease.
  3. Incisions made on the inside of the eyelids in the trans-conjunctival approach are not visible and usually preferred.
  4. Incisions made on the outside of the lower eyelids are barely visible and fade over time. They may possibly be chosen in cases that require the sculpting of additional eyelid creases.
  5. They may possibly be done in conjunction with other procedures such as a facelift.

 

 

Who is ideal candidate for blepharoplasty surgery?

Blepharoplasty is not recommended for all. It is performed exclusively to remove under-eye bags, correct puffy upper eyelids, and to restore vision obscured by excess skin and fat in the eyelids.

Does insurance pay for Blepharoplasty: what is the difference between functional or Cosemtic Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty can be both a functional and cosmetic surgical procedure intended to reshape the upper eyelid or lower eyelid by the removal or repositioning of excess tissue as well as by reinforcement of surrounding muscles and tendons.

When an advanced amount of upper eyelid skin is present, the skin may possibly protrude over the eyelashes and causing a loss of peripheral vision. The outer and upper parts of the visual field are most commonly affected and the condition may possibly cause difficulty with activities such as driving or reading. In this circumstance, upper eyelid blepharoplasty is performed to improve peripheral vision.

 

What can you expect after a Blepharoplasty or Eyelift Surgery?

  • The long term results of blepharoplasty can be utterly fulfilling and generally lasts for years together. For those lucky few who have reported a permanent improvement in their facial features, it is a bonus to have a lifetime of youthfulness in their eyes.
  • However, you ought to be realistic in your expectations of the surgery. It may possibly provide your face a dramatic overhaul, but be warned that complications could ruin not just the procedure but your face as well. Also, your eyelids and eyes will witness a number of changes during the recovery period, right from redness and swelling of the eyelids to blurred vision and discomfort which resolve with time.
  • Set realistic expectations and discuss every issue with your surgeon before undergoing surgery.