What Is A Blepharoplasty?

Do your eyes look tired and puffy even after a good night’s sleep?  If excess skin and fat on the eyelids are giving your eyes a tired appearance, blepharoplasty can make them look youthful and refreshed once again.  But what is blepharoplasty, and what can you expect from the procedure.

What Is A Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is a surgical procedure that is done to rejuvenate the eyelids and improve the look of the eyes.  Eyelid surgery may also be necessary to correct a functional concern such as droopy eyelids that interfere with peripheral vision.  Blepharoplasty may be done on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. 

Upper blepharoplasty corrects droopy, sagging upper eyelids by removing excess skin and fat.  The muscles are also tightened as needed.  Aging is the most common cause of droopy eyelids because the skin loses elasticity and starts to sag over time.

Lower blepharoplasty improves the appearance of the lower lids by addressing undereye puffiness and bags.  This involves removing or repositioning fatty deposits and trimming excess skin below the eyes.

Incisions for eyelid surgery are made in the natural crease of the eyelids, so the resulting scars are well-concealed. 

Laser Blepharoplasty

Nowadays, blepharoplasty is carried out with the assistance of laser technology.  Laser blepharoplasty is typically done using a CO2 laser, which replaces the surgical blade.  The laser is therefore used as a cutting tool, but it also seals off the blood vessels so there is minimal bleeding during the operation.  There is very little discomfort during laser blepharoplasty, and downtime averages 2-4 days. 

Laser blepharoplasty takes an average of 90-120 minutes to perform. 

Would you like to learn more about blepharoplasty?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Guilford & New Haven, CT areas, The Langdon Center is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.langdoncenter.com, or by calling (203) 717-9592.

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