The eyelid surgery, commonly called eyelid lift or blepharoplasty, treats excess skin, dark circles around the eyes and other consequences of natural aging. The eyelid ages and progressively loses its youthful features. Its opening decreases, it becomes less dynamic and more wrinkled, which results in a tired or sad appearance of the eyes. With age, the lower eyelids tend to sag and develop wrinkles, the upper eyelids tend to sag downwards also and bags under they eyes may form (fat deposits). The blepharoplasty procedure aims at tightening lax skin in the eyelids, restoring lost volumes, treating dark circles, lifting up the cheekbone’s skin and lifting up the eye corners. There are two ways to perform a blepharoplasty depending on the location of the incisions.
This technique allows the surgeon to treat every imperfections in the eyelids. When excess skin and skin folds are overloading the eyelid, the procedure aims at tightening and lifting up the eyelid in order to restore its youthful state and position. During the same operation, herniating fat pockets are removed to get rid of the domed appearance of the lower eyelids.
A short incision hidden in the conjunctiva can be made to access and remove fat pockets in certain patients with no associated excess skin. With this simple approach, the domed eyelid becomes flat and youthful again with a natural appearance.
The lower eyelid lift procedure requires a short general anesthesia and can be performed as an outpatient surgery. Blepharoplasty can make the eyelids appear 10 to 15 years younger. The procedure doesn’t change the appearance of the eyes, it only wipes off their tired, sad or aged look.