Blepharoplasty is the technical term for eye surgery. It is a common aesthetic surgical procedure that can not only improve the appearance of sagging, ageing skin around the eye area but can also improve your vision by lifting drooping skin hanging over the eyes. Often a patient doesn’t realise to what extent their vision is affected by excess skin and overhang around your eyes.
A blepharoplasty can help with the following:
- Improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes (“crow’s feet”)
- Help improve the appearance of puffy eyes (“bags” under eyes)
- Create a more youthful look (turn back the clock a few years)
- Get rid of excess skin
- Improve your vision
- Eliminate migraines (one of the causes of migraines is straining of eyes/vision)
You may have heard of what are referred to as upper and lower blepharoplasties. You may require one or the other, or both.
Upper blepharoplasty or upper eyelid lift is helpful for patients where their skin is ageing and sagging down over and around their upper eyes and eyelids. An upper eyelid lift will lift the skin above and around the corner of the eyes creating a more youthful appearance. This procedure also suits a patient where they have naturally “hooded” eyes. This condition can cause makeup application to be difficult, cause the eyelashes to be half hidden under skin, cause irritation in some patients, and make the patient feel older than what they actually are. It can also affect the patient’s vision. Lifting the skin will not only remove those fine lines and wrinkles, remove any excess skin and sagging, but improve any vision impairment as well.
The scars for an upper blepharoplasty are usually hidden in the natural crease that occurs on your upper eyelid so once healed is rarely/barely visible.
Lower Blepharoplasty will help remove drooping lower eyelids along with any puffy “bags” under the eyes. It can reposition excess fat along with any unwanted wrinkles. The scar for a lower blepharoplasty is usually hidden just under the eyelash line or on the inner aspect of the lower lid.
You may also need a combined upper and lower blepharoplasty if you want a completely rejuvenated appearance around the eyes, and this is usually more common in older patients where gravity has taken its toll.
Dr Bill Lyons is well-experienced in both upper and lower blepharoplasty and will advise each patient what is best for them.