Men and women each have their own reasons for wanting to enhance their eyelids. An eyelid tuck, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of aging associated with the upper and lower eyelids. Signs of aging in the upper eyelids include loose sagging skin that creates fullness and disturbs the natural contour. Occasionally, this excess skin can be so severe that it impairs vision. In addition, puffiness in the upper eyelids could be due to excess fat deposits. Signs of aging in the lower eyelids include bags and dark circles, drooping of the lid margin, and excess skin. These effects of aging can create a tired or sad appearance.
Eyelid surgery is performed in a certified operating suite with either local anesthesia, intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia. The upper eyelid blepharoplasty utilizes incisions that can be concealed within the natural structures of the eyelid. The lower eyelid may be corrected with an incision below the lower lash line. In addition, a trans-conjunctival approach is an alternate technique that allows the incision to be hidden inside the lower eyelid. This technique allows redistribution or removal of excess fat; however it does not allow for removal of excess skin. It is important that you work with your plastic surgeon to choose the best option for you depending on the outcome you wish to achieve. The goals of surgery are to produce a more rested and refreshed appearance through repositioning or removal of excess fat and removal of excess skin.
Blepharoplasty procedures can be performed in conjunction with other procedures such as brow lifts to rejuvenate the aging forehead and brows and facelifts to rejuvenate the aging face.