Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) is a procedure that removes excess skin (bags) around the eyes, leaving a younger and refreshed appearance.
Your eyes are your most important facial feature. They are what people notice first when they meet you and the feature they focus on the most. Eyes are often described as windows of the soul and the appearance of our eyes is highly important to us as individuals. How our eyes look plays a large role in how attractive and young we feel. We all age differently, some age faster than others and some appear to have found the fountain of youth, but unfortunately time catches up to all of us and muscles weaken and skin loses its elasticity.
Over time, the skin around the eyes crease, muscles weaken, and can eventually develop heavy folds that effect vision. The changes in the skin elasticity around the eyes come about for a number of reasons:
- Heredity is an important factor
- Facial shape can also factor into the equation
- Sun and ultraviolet rays can cause damage around the eye
By having a Blepharoplasty, excess skin and bags will be removed which can improve many elasticity issues. This procedure will not remove all creases. If all creases were removed it would create excess tension on the eyelids.
Blepharoplasty Surgery Steps
Step 1 – Anesthesia
In order to assure patient comfort during the blepharoplasty procedure, the proper medications will always be given. Our patients will have the option or intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Dr. Spindel will always recommend the best choice for his patients.
Step 2 – The incision
The incision lines for eyelid surgery are designed for scars to be well concealed within the natural structures of the eyelid region. The crease of the upper eyelid allowing repositioning of fat deposits, tightening of muscles and Droopy conditions of the upper eyelid can be corrected through an incision within the natural tissue, and/or removal of excess skin.
Conditions of the lower eyelid may be corrected with an incision just below the lower lash line. Through this incision, excess skin in the lower eyelids is removed. A transconjunctival incision, one hidden inside the lower eyelid, is an alternate technique to correct lower eyelid conditions and redistribute or remove excess fat.
Step 3 – Closing the incisions
Eyelid incisions typically are closed with:
- Removable or absorbable sutures
- Skin adhesives
- Surgical tape
Step 4 – See the results
The results of eyelid surgery will appear gradually as swelling and bruising subside to reveal a smooth, better-defined eyelid and surrounding region, and an alert and rejuvenated appearance.