Several factors such as aging, sun damage, smoking, stretching and obesity can cause the eyelids to droop and sag as the supporting tissues deteriorate. This area is often one of the first to deteriorate, as the skin of the eyelid is thinner than the rest of the face. Eyelids that droop or bulge can cause people to appear much older or fatigued than they actually are.
Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is a surgical procedure that improves the appearance of the upper and lower eyelids by tightening muscles and tissue or removing excess fat and skin. This procedure can be performed on men and women alike and offers a younger, more refreshed look that reflects across the whole face.
Blepharoplasty is now the most popular facial plastic surgery procedure after rhinoplasty. The popularity of this procedure reflects the importance of the eyes in perfecting overall appearance.
The best candidates for blepharoplasty are individuals who are in good overall health and who do not smoke or have any serious eye conditions. If you have loose, sagging skin or puffy bags around your eyes, this procedure can help reduce these unwanted effects and leave the eyes looking young and fresh.
It is important for patients to have realistic expectations before undergoing surgery in order to be satisfied with their results. While this procedure can enhance your appearance and may improve self-confidence as a result, it cannot alter your entire appearance or change the structure of your face.
In an upper eyelid surgery, excess skin, muscle and fat are removed proportionally to help restore the original shape of the eyes. The incision is hidden in the natural eyelid crease. In some instances, to achieve the best results, a brow/forehead lift may also be needed. These factors will be addressed at the time of the patient’s initial consultation to determine the extent of surgery.
Lower eyelid surgery helps to address excess skin, muscle and fat of the lower eyelid. Often, the patient is concerned with bags and dark circles under the eyes. In most instances, dark circles are the cause of shadows casted from fat bulges underneath the eyes, and removing the fat often eliminates the dark circles. However, in some cases, dark circles are due to muscle showing through thin eyelid skin. These conditions, the overall health of the eyes, and different surgical approaches— including subciliary and transconjunctival—will be addressed during the initial consultation process.
After the blepharoplasty procedure, Dr. Jim Parry will review the post-procedure care with you to minimize side effects such as swelling, bruising, irritation or dry eyes. The eyes may be wrapped in gauze after the procedure as well.
Patients can usually return to work within two days, but should avoid exercise and strenuous activities for at least two weeks. Swelling and other side effects usually subside within two weeks after surgery. Dr. Jim Parry will give you specific instructions on how to care for your eyes after surgery.
Results of a blepharoplasty procedure are visible as swelling and bruising subside and will continue to improve for up to a year after surgery. This procedure is designed to produce long-lasting results. While surgery cannot prevent your eyes from aging, most patients are satisfied with their results and do not seek repeat procedures.
The scars from the blepharoplasty procedure are usually well concealed and will fade with time until they are virtually unnoticeable. The incision is hidden in the crease of the eyelid in an upper blepharoplasty, and just below the lashes in a lower blepharoplasty.
As with any surgical procedure, there are certain risks associated with this procedure. Although rare, these risks include bleeding, infection, dry eyes, skin discoloration and an inability to fully close the eyes. Many of these risks can be minimized by choosing an experienced surgeon such as Dr. Jim Parry and following proper care instructions after surgery. You can discuss these risks, along with any other concerns you may have, with Dr. Jim Parry to reduce anxiety and worries about your surgery.
Memberships & Affiliations
- American Academy of Dermatology
- American Medical Association
- American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery
- American Society of Dermatologic Surgery