Your eyes are usually the first thing that people notice about your appearance. As we get older, the skin around our eyes stretches and wrinkles. Fatty deposits cause the upper lids to sag while the tissue under the eye can bulge forward and become discolored. Typically, these characteristics come with age, but hereditary factors can cause a younger person to appear prematurely aged. A surgical procedure may be necessary for those people whose vision is impaired due to this condition.
Through modern techniques and advances in an eyelid rejuvenation procedure called blepharoplasty, the condition can be treated.
What conditions can be treated with blepharoplasty?
There are several different conditions that can be treated with blepharoplasty, including:
How is blepharoplasty performed?
Blepharoplasty is generally done using local anesthetic. You may be given a mild sedative to help you relax. The duration of the surgery is dependent on the amount of tissue to be removed, although the procedure usually takes about 45 minutes.
When performed on the upper eyelids, your doctor will remove the excess skin, muscle and fatty tissue that tend to accumulate along the eyelids. The incisions are made along the natural folds in the skin so that as they heal they become difficult, if not impossible, to see over time. The stitches are self-absorbing and dissolve over the course of a week.
When performed on the lower eyelids, provided there is not too much excess skin, your doctor will make the incision inside or behind the eyelid. This technique allows the removal of fatty tissue while avoiding the need for an external incision. If there is excessive skin or muscle folds below the eye, an incision may also be made just below the base of the eyelashes. As this incision heals, the fine scar should also become less visible