Blepharoplasty, also known as cosmetic eyelid surgery, can improve the function and appearance of the eyelids. This procedure is often undergone for purely cosmetic reasons, but can also help improve certain eye conditions as well. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, blepharoplasty can be used to correct eyelids that turn the wrong way, droopy eyelids, or excess skin on the eyelids–which can cause pain or inhibit vision. Blepharoplasty can also help remove the following: bags under the eyes, droopy lower eyelids, lower eyelid wrinkles, sagging skin on the upper eyelid, and fatty tissue on the upper eyelids.

Who Is A Good Candidate For Blepharoplasty?

The ideal candidate for surgery is a healthy, adult non-smoker without any severe eye conditions. Those who have a detached retina or suffer from dry eye or glaucoma are not usually good candidates. Thyroid disorders, high blood pressure, and diabetes can also cause complications with eyelid surgery.

How Blepharoplasty Works

Blepharoplasty is normally performed by an ophthalmologist and is an outpatient procedure. A normal procedure will begin with eye drops being administered and possibly a sedative. The eye will then be numbed with an injection. After the eye area is cleaned and covered, incisions will be made in the eyelids. Skin, muscle, and fatty tissue may be removed. Finally the incisions are closed. The entire procedure usually only takes a few hours. The most common side effects of surgery are some bruising and swelling, which normally goes away after several weeks.

For more information on Blepharoplasty, please contact us at Palm Beach Eye Center.