Blepharoplasty is now the most common facial plastic surgery procedure among women age 35-60 and is also one of the most common surgical procedures in males. It can significantly improve your facial appearance, giving a youthful, refreshed look. As we age, the skin around our eyes in particular becomes loose and begins to sag. Excess skin on the upper lid may actually interfere with your peripheral vision. It can also contribute to a tired, sad or angry look. Upper lid blepharoplasty is a procedure which removes excess skin and, sometimes, excess fat over the eyes in order to restore a youthful eyelid contour. Occasionally, a brow lift is also recommended to maximize the results of an upper lid blepharoplasty if the excess skin on the eyelids is partly due to descent or drooping of the eyebrows. Your surgeon will discuss this possibility with you during your examination.
Bulges, or outpouching of the fat pockets, in the lower lids can be due to aging or hereditary factors. Lower lid blepharoplasty typically involves removing and repositioning some of this fat to give a smoother, younger appearance to the lower eyelids. It may also involve removing some excess skin or improving wrinkles in the lower lid skin with adjunctive chemical peels or laser resurfacing. This procedure can also be done in the office comfortably.