Blepharoplasty (Droopy Lids)
What is Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery, commonly known to surgeons as “blepharoplasty,” is used to remove fatty deposits and excess, loose skin around the eyelids as a result of aging and environment. It can be done alone to improve vision problems or tired-looking eyes; it can also be done in conjunction with procedures such as facelift surgery, lip enhancement, or a brow lift to create a more defined, new look.
Seattle eyelid surgery typically takes 1-3 hours depending on the number of lids being corrected, and how many complimentary procedures are being performed at one time.
Types of Blepharoplasty
Cosmetic surgeons have different techniques based on what they feel leaves the patient with the best aesthetic outcome. In general the procedure usually involves:
- Incisions made in the crease of your upper eyelids and just below the lashes in the lower lids
- Removal of excess fat and skin
- Closure of the incisions with very fine suturing, to minimize scarring
Transconjunctival blepharoplasty is another option for eyelid surgery in younger patients with thicker, more elastic skin. In this procedure, which only corrects the lower lid:
- An incision of the inner lower eyelid leaving no visible scar
- Excess fat is removed
- Fine sutures may or may not be needed to close the incision
Blepharoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis in an outpatient surgery center, or a hospital. Local anesthesia (around your eyelids) and sedation anesthesia is most often used.
Flesh-colored, self-absorbable sutures are commonly used. Scars may remain pink for nearly 6 months after surgery, but eventually fade to a subtle white line. Smoking always delays healing time.
Though healing takes time, it is only temporary in comparison to the long-lasting youthful results you will gain with eyelid surgery!