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As we age, sagging skin begins to develop in different parts of our bodies. One highly visible area of the body that sags are the eyelids. Having drooping eyelids can make you look years older than you actually are and impair your vision, hindering your visibility while driving, watching TV, or working.

Droopy eyelids can be a major cause for concern for some people and can even lower their confidence and self-esteem. Luckily there is a cosmetic procedure available to correct droopy eyelids and restore them to their original state, giving the person an overall more attractive and youthful look. This procedure is called blepharoplasty surgery.

What is a Blepharoplasty?

A blepharoplasty can help correct drooping eyelids by removing excess skin, tissue, fat, and muscle from the lower and upper eyelids. Depending on your needs, the lower eyelid, upper eyelid, or both may be operated on. It is an effective way to enhance one’s vision and eliminate sagging eyelid skin.

What Problems can be Solved with a Blepharoplasty?

A blepharoplasty can help treat any one or more of the following problems of the upper and/or lower eyelid:

• Sagging skin that forms folds over the eye and covers the upper portion of the eye, impairing vision and affecting the contours of the eye
• Excessive fat or tissue deposits in the eyelids that can make the upper eyelids appear puffy
• Bags and dark circles under the eyes
• Crow’s feet, excessive folds, wrinkles, and excess skin in and around the lower eyelid
• Excessive drooping of the lower eyelids

How Is Blepharoplasty Surgery Performed?

Anesthesia

As a patient, you will first be administered with either local or general anesthesia. The incision lines on the upper and lower eyelid are drawn out so that the post-surgical marks can be strategically concealed within the natural folds and contours of the eyelids.

Incisions

Once the incisions are made, your surgeon will remove excess skin and fat tissue and tighten the muscles in the area to decrease the drooping effect. The incision for the lower eyelid is made just below the lower lash line so that it is hardly visible. Excess skin and fat are removed to correct the droopiness of the lower eyelid just like the upper eyelid.

Recovery

There are times when your surgeon might use a transconjunctival incision, one that is made on the inside of the lower eyelid to remove or reposition excess fat but no skin is removed. The incisions are then closed carefully with either skin glue or sutures.

If sutures are used, your doctor will have them removed in a week. Lasers and chemical peels can also be done simultaneously below the eyes to reduce pigmentation underneath the lower eyelids.

You might experience some swelling and bruising for the first few days after the surgery but this will disappear gradually. Your results will be noticeable quickly and you will start to look younger and more attractive.

Contact Our Office

Taking control of how you look is easier than ever with plastic surgery. Contact our office to learn more about the benefits of a blepharoplasty. Dr. Stephen Herring, a board-certified plastic surgeon, can assist you eliminating your sagging eyelids after an initial consultation.