As we age the skin and muscles around our eyes begin to sag, giving us the appearance of being sad and tired. When the soft tissues of the eyelids become weak with age, fat begins to protrude into the eyelids forming bags under the eyes. Aged upper eyelids often droop and can even cause vision problems.
Blepharoplasty is a procedure that removes the excess skin and bags from aged eyelids. Eyelid surgery rejuvenates the eyes and gives the patient a more youthful and refreshed look. Dr. Biggerstaff performs lower eyelid surgery through an incision on the inside of the eyelid, so that there are no visible scars. Upper eyelid surgery is done through an incision that is hidden in the upper eyelid crease. Often, the skin of the lower lids is concurrently resurfaced with a chemical peel to enhance the result of the surgery.
Blepharoplasty is performed with intravenous anesthesia. Recovery time is usually 7-10 days. Patients may experience some swelling and bruising around the eyes while recovering, but it is easily covered with a pair of sunglasses. Activity after eyelid surgery should be limited to light activity with no heavy lifting for 2 weeks. Blepharoplasty can be done in combination with other facial cosmetic procedures.