Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Every year, 100,000 men and women choose cosmetic eyelid surgery to improve the way they look. Why? The eyes are the first place people look at us and also the first place to show aging. People considering eyelid enhancement want to improve:
These problems can make you look older, and droopy eyelids can sometimes impair vision. Eyelid surgery improves them, so that you look less worn and tired. The surgery, called blepharoplasty, can be performed on the upper eyelids or the lower eyelids or both together.
What can Blepharoplasty treat?
Eyelid surgery may improve but does not completely correct:
Blepharoplasty can remove bags under the eyes and correct droopiness and puffiness of the eyelids, but it doesn’t remove crows’ feet or replace the skin’s elasticity lost because of sun damage or aging. Dark circles under the eyes can be due to under-eye bags, in which case they’ll be improved when the bags are removed. But a general darkness of skin color under the eyes isn’t always removed by blepharoplasty.
In addition some people have eyelid surgery to correct inherited characteristics. For example, many Asian women have surgery to create a “double eyelid” or well-defined upper crease.
Who is the ideal candidate for Blepharoplasty?
Anyone who’s over 18, healthy and willing to have a reasonable expectations. Certain conditions affect the details of eyelid surgery and should be discussed with Dr. Fante to optimize your outcome:
- Thyroid disease
- High blood pressure
- Dry eyes
Will Blepharoplasty affect my eyesight?
Harm to the eyes is extremely uncommon. You may find in the first weeks after the surgery that your eyes:
- May tear up more than usual
- Be more light-sensitive
- Have some trouble focusing, especially if your upper eyelids were very droopy beforehand
- Feel a bit itchy or burning
Can the surgery be done on both upper and lower lids at the same time?
Yes, certainly. This is a good way to do it so that you need only go through one recovery period.
Can Blepharoplasty be combined with any other procedures?
For your most refreshed, most youthful appearance, Dr. Fante might also advise undergoing other procedures. The choice will always be yours, but Dr. Fante might recommend:
Upper eyelid surgery is often done in conjunction with a brow lift, which mildly raises the eyebrows, to give the eyes a more open, rested look. Lower eyelid surgery is often performed together with an endoscopic mid face lift. Another common combination is for people to have cosmetic surgery on both the eyes and the neck at the same time.
How can I prepare for the procedure?
As with all facial plastic surgery, good health and realistic expectations are desirable.
What can I expect during the procedure?
In general, procedures will take from about 30 minutes to 90 minutes, using local anesthetic combined with some form of sedative. Depending on your exact situation, surgery may be appropriately performed in our office or in an ambulatory surgery center.
There are many procedures to choose from, and yours will be customized by Dr. Fante for your unique face. Some of the possibilities are:
How is eyelid surgery done on Asian eyes?
Blepharoplasty is sometimes done on Asian eyes for a different reason than it’s done on Occidental eyes.
For Occidental eyes, the surgery is usually to correct droopiness caused by age. This is sometimes also the reason for eyelid surgery on Asians.
For Asians who have a “single” eyelid, it’s also often done to soften or westernize the look of the eyes and is often called “double eyelid surgery”. A “double eyelid” has skin visible between the eyelashes and the skin fold – a place where many women like to wear make up.
There’s also a thing called the epicanthal fold, a piece of tissue which drapes over the inner part of the eye. In most Occidentals, it’s barely visible, whereas in most Asians, it’s quite evident.
When it’s adjusted surgically, a new crease is formed which gives the eyes a different look, and also causes the eyelashes to turn upwards, instead of being pushed downwards by that epicanthal fold.
Will I have any scars after my eyelid surgery?
All incisions leave scars. These incisions are very tiny, and are either placed strategically inside existing creases, so the resulting scars will be virtually invisible, or alternatively are hidden completely inside the eyelid. When rarely needed, there are cosmetics that will camouflage these little scars very well.
What can I expect during recovery?
Afterwards, you can go home, though you’ll need someone to drive you.
You’ll be very pleased with your new, refreshed look. Dr. Fante is always available to answer questions and provide support.