Sun exposure, stress, age and genetic factors all contribute to the tired look associated with wrinkles and puffiness of the eyelids. Blepharoplasty is the medical term for the surgical enhancement of either the upper or lower eyelids.
Excess skin on the upper eyelid may result in a tired appearance. It may interfere with the application of eye shadow, and it can even cause the obstruction of your superior field of vision. At the Wetherington Plastic Surgery Center the upper eyelid blepharoplasty can be performed using local anesthesia with mild sedation. During the one and a half hour surgery the excess tissue is removed using incisions that are placed in natural skin creases. Sutures are removed one to two weeks later. The patient is typically able to return to work in a week, and in four to six weeks the small amount of swelling and mild bruising has resolved.
The most common reason a patient requests the lower eyelid blepharoplasty is to correct puffiness. This condition is caused by the bulging of fat under the eye. A patient typically chooses to have a general anesthetic, and the surgery usually takes two hours. Correction of this condition involves little or no skin removal, and only small amounts of fat are actually removed. The incision can be made just below the eyelashes or just inside the lower eyelid for a completely invisible approach. The modern development of oculoplastic technique emphasizes preservation of the fat in order to prevent a hollow, operated appearance to the lower eyelid. Although some fat is removed, most of it is transposed to an adjacent location within the lid. This helps restore a more healthy appearance to the lower eyelid.
During your complimentary consultation at the Wetherington Plastic Surgery Center you can explore the many options for facial rejuvenation. After a thorough evaluation and a detailed description of the procedures, you can balance the benefits of the surgery with the known risks and possible complications.