Would you like to rejuvenate your droopy eyelids? Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin, fat, and lax muscles on the upper and lower eyelids. Sagging skin can be removed via blepharoplasty to expand the visual field and rejuvenate the eyes.
Minnesota Eye Consultants’ oculoplastic surgeons are renowned for their eyelid surgery skills. If you live in Blaine, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Woodbury, or Bloomington, MN, schedule an eyelid surgery consultation at one of our offices.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
Your overall appearance is detracted from loose or baggy lids, which give you the appearance of aging or being tired. Drooping brows give the appearance of hooding and crow’s feet around the outer corners of the eyes, making you appear tired, angry, or sad. A severe case can result in the upper eyelid skin hanging over the lashes and obstructing peripheral vision.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
An incision on the inside of the lower lid can be used to remove or reposition fat in the lower lid (transconjunctival blepharoplasty). Incisions are made just below the lashes if there is excessive skin on the lower lid. It is possible to remove or reposition fat using this incision, and the excess skin is also removed. Then, using fine sutures, the incision is closed.
What can I expect after eyelid surgery?
The following benefits are associated with eyelid surgery:
- Upper eyelids open up, revealing the eyes
- Decreases the size of puffy bags under the eyes
- Removes fat and loose skin of the eyelid
- Reduces obstruction caused by upper eyelid hooding
Blepharoplasty will not elevate a drooping brow or remove wrinkles in the crow’s feet area. A procedure to elevate the brows may be appropriate, instead of, or in addition to upper lid blepharoplasty.
Correction of mild to moderate brow ptosis can be accomplished through incisions directly above the brows, in the forehead creases, or at the hairline. These techniques are most effective if the brow ptosis involves predominantly the central area of the forehead.
For more significant amounts of brow ptosis, or to address deep frown lines or lateral hooding of the upper lids, it may be necessary to raise the brows and forehead through incisions behind the hairline.
The endoscopic brow lift is performed through small incisions hidden behind the hairline, using an endoscope and special instruments. The muscles that pull the brow down and crease the forehead skin are relaxed, allowing the brow to be raised into a more youthful position. A corneal brow lift can achieve the same results through a larger incision well behind the hairline.
Cold compresses are applied to reduce swelling and bruising. Antibiotic ointment or drops may be prescribed. Strenuous activity should be minimized for several days. Warm compresses may be recommended after several days to increase blood flow to the area and promote healing.
Discomfort is generally mild. Non-aspirin pain relievers are usually all that is necessary postoperatively. Aspirin products, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen, and other blood thinners should be avoided before and after surgery as they may increase the risk of bruising and bleeding. Most patients are able to return to regular activities within several days.
What are the Risks and Complications?
Excessive pain, bleeding, infection, or visual loss is extremely rare. As with any medical procedure, there may be other inherent risks that should be discussed with your surgeon.
Is Surgery Effective?
Blepharoplasty and brow lift surgery can provide both a more youthful appearance and functional improvement with minimal risk.
Who Performs the Surgery?
Patients are most commonly treated by ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgeons who specialize in diseases and problems of the eyelids, tear drain, and orbit (the area around the eye).
You should look for a doctor who has completed an American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) fellowship. This indicates your surgeon is not only a board-certified ophthalmologist but also has had extensive training in ophthalmic plastic surgery.
When you are ready, you will be in very experienced hands. Your surgery will be in the surgeon’s office, an outpatient facility, or at a hospital depending on your surgical needs.