Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a popular option to restore youthfulness to the area around the face and eyes. Our eyes and the surrounding skin show age in a number of ways, including puffiness caused by drooping skin in the upper eyelids or the formation of bags on the bottom eyelid. At our Evansville, Indiana office, both the upper and lower eyelids can be improved with eyelid surgery. The procedure may be performed by itself or in conjunction with other surgeries. For example, a common surgery that many of our patients undergo at the same time is a brow or forehead lift. The combination of these procedures is a great way to achieve a fully refreshed look that renews self-confidence in natural-looking ways.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
Upper eyelid surgery is performed to remove excess fat, skin, or muscle. The tissue is removed through an inconspicuous incision made in the existing folds and creases on the eyelid. This technique minimizes scar visibility, reduces the appearance of puffiness, and creates a more rested, alert appearance. When drooping skin is obstructing a patient’s vision, a blepharoplasty may be covered by insurance.
In some instances, the appearance of drooping upper eyelids is actually caused by drooping eyebrows. In those situations, the condition may be corrected with a brow or forehead lift. During your initial consultation, Dr. Paik will provide you with a personalized suggestion based on your natural features and goals.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
Depending on the natural features and aesthetic goals of the patient, lower eyelid surgery may be performed in a variety of ways. Existing fat in the lower eyelid can be removed entirely or “repositioned.” With the latter, the fat is used to reshape the eyelid and preserve the youthful fullness around the eyes. Depending on the procedure, the incision may be made internally or just below the eyelashes, if there is a large amount of skin or muscle to remove.
Eyelid surgeries are frequently performed in conjunction with laser skin resurfacing or a chemical peel to achieve a rejuvenated look.
During the first few days after surgery, patients often experience swelling in the eyelids and bruising that may last seven to ten days. However, most patients recover in about a week after surgery. If you choose to undergo lower eyelid surgery where fat is repositioned, the recovery may take slightly longer. You will meet with Dr. Paik approximately one week after surgery to discuss any post-op recovery questions and have any remaining sutures removed.