Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

Eyes are the first thing that people notice right away.  Aging can suck away that youthful look as your eyelids tend to sag and wrinkle. The lax and puffy skin can make you appear weary and far older than your age. Too much sun exposure and heredity also contribute and predispose you to sagging eyelids which can be successfully remedied by Blepharoplasty.

Eyelid surgery, also called an eyelid lift or Blepharoplasty, can rejuvenate puffy, sagging, or tired-looking eyes by removing excess fat, skin, and muscle from the upper and/or lower eyelids. Moreover, Blepharoplasty may be performed for cosmetic reasons or to improve sight by lifting droopy eyelids to widen the patient’s field of vision.

Blepharoplasty is ideal for the correction of:

  • Loose, sagging, and/or folded upper eyelids that may limit vision
  • Puffy fat deposits in the upper eyelids
  • Under-eye bags
  • Excess skin in the lower eyelids
  • Fine wrinkles in the lower eyelids
  • Tear trough furrows that create the appearance of “dark circles”

Blepharoplasty is a delicate, highly customized procedure, particularly on the lower eyelids, so the skill and experience of your surgeon is crucial to achieving excellent results. Dr. Petroff specializes in facial plastic surgery, specifically blepharoplasty, and has been in practice for over 25 years.

Note that blepharoplasty cannot raise the eyebrows or reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles, crow’s feet, or discoloration under the eyes. However, blepharoplasty can be combined with other procedures such as browlifts, facelifts, BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments, and laser procedures to achieve these results.

How is a blepharoplasty performed?

Eyelid surgery is performed in our state-of-the-art surgery center with local anesthesia and IV sedation. Blepharoplasty usually takes around 60-90 minutes.

Blepharoplasty Incisions are made along the eyelids in inconspicuous places when performing the following:

Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty – Incisions are made in the natural creases of the upper lids. For droopy eyelids, the muscles of the upper eyelid are tightened.

Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty – Incision is made just below the lash line on the lower lids.  A chemical peel and laser resurfacing can also be performed in conjunction with this procedure.

Upper and lower Blepharoplasty can also be done together with other cosmetic procedures such as a facelift, forehead lift, neck lift, laser skin resurfacing, or midface lift.

If no skin needs to be removed, Dr. Petroff will likely perform a transconjunctival Blepharoplasty, where the incision is made inside the lower eyelid, resulting in no visible scars.

In all cases, Dr. Petroff removes the excess fat, skin, and muscle from the eyelids to achieve a tighter, younger look. With Blepharoplasty, fat may also be removed or repositioned into areas of the face where there has been volume loss. He then closes the incisions with fine sutures.

What is eyelid surgery recovery like?

Minimal side effects such as itching, drying, bruising, swelling, and a sense of tightness in the eyelids are commonly observed following eyelid surgery. These symptoms are pretty normal and should subside within 1-2 weeks. Most patients resume routine activities in a matter of 5-7 days when non-absorbable stitches are removed and return to work in about 10 days after blepharoplasty.

Contact lenses should not be worn for 2 weeks. Eyes can be sensitive to light and wind and may be slightly irritated for a short while. Dr. Petroff will prescribe eye drops and cool compresses to ease any discomfort.

After 1-2 months, you should see the true results of Blepharoplasty: a more refreshed and cheerful look around the eyes and improved self-confidence—with no visible scars.

Call Petroff Center today to schedule your Blepharoplasty consultation.

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