Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that is often referred to as an eye lift. It is done to tighten the skin around the eyes in order to improve their appearance or keep the eyelids from obstructing the vision.
As you age, your skin will naturally become loose. This is what leads to the development of lines and wrinkles on the face. The skin will also start to sag, which can cause the eyelids to droop, enhancing the appearance of aging even further.
In addition to loose skin, there are other factors that can lead to drooping eyelids. The muscles that hold the eyelids up can weaken with age. This allows gravity to take over and cause the eyelids to droop lower than they used to. The lower eyelids can pull away from the eye, exposing more of the white part of the eyeball.
Between the eyes and the skull, there is a layer of fat that acts as a cushion. This fat is held in place by a membrane that can weaken with age. When it does, it will allow the fatty tissue to move forward and end up in the eyelids. Not only does this make the eyelids droop more, but they can appear puffy as well.
If you want your eyes to display a younger appearance, consider discussing blepharoplasty with our plastic surgeon. The procedure can be done on the upper eyelid, lower eyelid or both. The exact procedure will be tailored for you to meet your needs, but it generally consists of removing the excess skin responsible for causing cosmetic issues and vision problems. Dr. Stephens can also remove excess fat and tighten the muscles in the area to provide even better results. During your consultation, you can discuss your concerns and goals with us, which will help Dr. Stephens develop the best treatment plan for you.
Since this is a relatively simple procedure, recovery typically only takes between one week and ten days. Dr. Stephens may also prescribe eyedrops for your comfort during this time. Afterward, you can enjoy your new, refreshed appearance for years to come.
While blepharoplasty is frequently done to improve one’s appearance, it can also be done at times to help with vision. If the eyelids have drooped low enough to interfere with vision, the procedure may be considered medically necessary rather than just a cosmetic procedure.
If you feel like you could benefit from blepharoplasty, seek more information at the office of J. Anthony Stephens, M.D. Our board-certified plastic surgeon strives to serve the Baton Rouge and surrounding areas with expert cosmetic procedures personalized for each and every patient. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and find out if blepharoplasty is right for you.