A blepharoplasty, also known as an eye lift, is a procedure to correct the sagging or drooping of the eyelids as well as the removal of excess fat, skin and muscle. As we age, it is common to see a difference in the eye area, such as more laxity and bags below and above the eye; sometimes, the upper lid can droop so much that it seems to disappear underneath the extra fatty area under the brow bone. Even with good skincare and eye care, wrinkles, puffiness and drooping eyelids will catch up to you. Genetic factors and body chemistry can cause these aging effects in younger people. A blepharoplasty can give a more youthful appearance to an otherwise older, more tired looking face.
Blepharoplasty surgery can also treat a medical condition called ptosis (drooping eyelid), which is caused by poor muscle tone or nerve damage. Ptosis causes the eyelids to hang very low and block vision.
Blepharoplasty treats drooping eyelids, but not drooping eyebrows or wrinkles. The procedure is often performed with another cosmetic surgery such as a brow lift or facelift to improve droopy eyebrows, crow’s feet and facial sagging.
There are two types of blepharoplasty:
- Upper eyelid blepharoplasty– removes excess skin, fat and/or muscle from the upper lid
- Lower Eyelid blepharoplasty– removes excess bags and in some cases skin at the lash line to tighten the under eye skin
Is Blepharoplasty Right for Me?
The best candidates for a blepharoplasty are physically healthy and are well informed about the surgery. Typically candidates are at least 35 years of age, though genetic factors may indicate treatment for younger people. Candidates may be excluded if they have any of the following conditions: dry eyes, high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, glaucoma, or Graves’ disease. Your anatomy, including bone and supporting structure, may also affect your candidacy.
If you are interested in learning more about blepharoplasty, contact Tidewater Eye Centers today to schedule a consultation!