JANIGA MDs

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Eyelids Got You Down? Have Them Lifted: Blepharoplasty

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Eyelids Got You Down? Have Them Lifted: Blepharoplasty

What is a blepharoplasty?

An eyelid lift or blepharoplasty is a procedure where excess skin and tissue on both the upper and lower eyelids can be sculpted and removed. Drooping or tired looking eyelids can cause vision problems and can lead to dissatisfaction with your appearance. Patients often complain that they look “tired” or “angry” even though internally they do not feel this way.

When is an Eyelid Lift needed?

This procedure can be performed for both cosmetic and functional purposes. Many people, either through genetics or with aging, develop excess skin on their upper lids that can give them a tired appearance or interfere with vision.

On the lower lids “bags” can develop that give a tired and deflated appearance. With a lower eyelid blepharoplasty the bulging fat around the eyeball can be repositioned or resected and the lower lid lifted and tightened giving the lower lid and cheek region a refreshed look.

Where is this type of procedure performed?

An upper can be performed in the office with local anesthesia or an operating room setting; a lower is typically performed in the operating room.

How long does it take?

The procedure usually takes around one hour to perform. Discreet incisions are made, skin is tightened, and orbital fat is either re-shaped or removed, and sutures are put in place to create the desired effect.

What are the expected results and recovery time?

The eyes will appear more open and youthful after the swelling goes down. Depending on your profession and need for personal discretion you may need to allow 5-21 days before returning to work. In general, the recovery time for an upper eyelid lift is faster then recovery from a lower eyelid lift.

If tired or angry looking eyes have got you down, schedule a consultation with Dr. Janiga today.