Eyelid

EYELID SURGERY (Blepharoplasty)

Aesthetic eyelid surgery is performed on adults of all ages. Some people have eyelid surgery to correct problems that are a result of aging, while others have inherited traits that cause them to seek treatment as early as their 20s or 30s.

AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR EYELID SURGERY?

Any one or combination of the following conditions may indicate that you are a good candidate for eyelid surgery:

  • Excess skin obscuring the natural fold of the upper eyelids
  • Loose skin hanging down from the upper eyelids, perhaps impairing vision
  • A puffy appearance to the upper eyelids, making the eyes look tired
  • Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelids
  • Bags and dark circles under the eyes, often with a depression along the bony border of the lower eyelids
  • Droopiness of the lower eyelids, showing white below the iris (colored portion of the eye)

Eyelid surgery can usually correct these problems, though other treatments may also need to be considered. For example, if the upper eyelid condition is accompanied by sagging of the eyebrows, then a forehead lift may be recommended.

HOW WILL MY PLASTIC SURGEON EVALUATE ME FOR EYELID SURGERY?

You should come to the consultation prepared to discuss your medical history including previous surgeries, past and present medical conditions and current medications. Your plastic surgeon will want to know if you have allergies, especially if they affect your eyes.

One of several surgical techniques may be suggested to improve the appearance of your eyelids. The particular technique that your plastic surgeon recommends will depend on many factors such as the amount of excess fat and skin in the eyelid areas, the position of your eyebrows, and the condition of the muscles around your eyelids.

HOW IS MY PLASTIC SURGEON ABLE TO IMPROVE THE APPEARANCE OF MY UPPER EYELIDS?

For upper eyelid surgery, generally an incision is hidden within the natural fold of the upper eyelid and extends slightly beyond the outside corner into the laugh lines or other existing creases. Through this incision, excess skin and fatty tissue are removed. Because the incision follows the natural contour of the upper eyelid, it will be well camouflaged when healed.

WHAT IS DONE TO IMPROVE THE APPEARANCE OF MY LOWER EYELIDS?

For lower eyelid surgery, often an incision is hidden just below the lower lashes. Through this incision, excess skin, muscle and fat are removed, or fat may be redistributed to eliminate puffiness or bulges.

RESULTS OF YOUR EYELID SURGERY

Eyelid surgery has the effect of making you look more rested, refreshed and alert. Since the healing process is gradual, you should expect to wait at least several weeks to get an accurate picture of the results. Incisions will fade over a number of months until they become barely visible.

Dr. Oneal - Before & After Photos
Dr. Brown - Before & After Photos