When to Consider Eyelid Surgery – Blepharoplasty

Plastic surgery of the eyelids, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the eyelids. Surgery can be performed on the upper lids, lower lids or both.

Excess skin and droopiness of upper eyelids or puffiness in the lower eyelids can give you an older, sleepy appearance. For some, it is a result of aging skin. For others, it can be an inherited condition that causes them to seek surgery at an earlier age. Sometimes doctors recommend eyelid surgery for medical reasons to improve vision.

A blepharoplasty removes excess skin and fat in the upper or lower eyelid. This procedure may be done alone or in combination with other facial cosmetic procedures and can produce a smoother, more rested appearance.

Eyelid surgery/ Blepharoplasty is one of the most common procedures to rejuvenate the face. Tiny incisions are made along the natural lines of your eyelids, through which excess fat, skin and muscle are removed. These incisions are then closed with fine sutures. Blepharoplasty usually requires only local anesthesia. Recovery includes some bruising and swelling that can last up to two weeks.

You may want to consider eyelid surgery if you have excess loose skin on your upper and/or lower eyelids and it bothers you.

You are a good candidate for eyelid surgery if:
• You have excess fatty deposits that cause puffiness in the upper eyelids.
• You have loose or sagging skin that causes folds or affects the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision.
• You have excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid, bags under the eyes, or droopiness of the lower eyelids.
• Your general health is good.
• You don’t smoke.
• You have realistic expectations for improvement and not perfection.

As with any cosmetic procedure we customize every blepharoplasty to the patient’s needs and we encourage you to come in for a personalized consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Hricko to help you to achieve your goals.

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