Eyelid Surgery (Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty)
For patients experiencing heavy or drooping eyelids or puffiness under the eyes, upper and lower blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is one of the easiest and most effective ways to take years off your appearance. This brief, outpatient procedure involves removing excess skin or fat in the eyelid in order to return the look of the eyes back to their youthful appearance.
Choosing Eyelid Surgery
Most men and women experience heavy lids over time. Eyelid surgery allows more light to enter the area around the eye, reducing the dark appearance caused by shadows and adding definition to the eyelids.
Upper blepharoplasty, which addresses the upper eyelids, is a procedure that can be performed right in our office. Local anesthesia is used and you will remain awake the entire time. Excess skin and sometimes fat are removed from the eyelid using tiny incisions that will not show and heal quickly. The results are nearly instantaneous and in just an hour or so, a patient can walk away with a rejuvenated look.
Lower eyelid blepharoplasty addresses the appearance of bags under the eyes. Dr. Shipchandler makes small incisions inside the eyelids in order to reposition the fat under the eyes for a smoother and more natural appearance. Patients do need to be under general anesthesia for this procedure. However, there are no external incisions so patients can enjoy the results quickly.
Additional Information for Patients
Prior to eyelid surgery, your medical history will be taken in order to determine general risk factors. Questions may be asked regarding vision, tear production, use of corrective lenses and your general vision health.
As with all surgical procedures, refrain from taking any aspirin or blood thinners before surgery.