Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) Overview
One of the most striking features of the face is the eyes. Aging signs around the eyes get quickly noticed if the eyelids are droopy, puffy, or there are bags beneath the eyes. Tired or angry looking eyes can make a person appear older than their actual age. A cosmetic surgeon may recommend blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery as an effective solution to improve this condition.
Eyelid surgery, also known as eyelid lift, is an intricate procedure designed to tighten the skin and muscles around the eyes, and restore a rejuvenated look. The procedure may be performed on upper or lower eyelids or both. Dr. Paul McCluskey is an experienced plastic surgeon providing blepharoplasty and various other procedures of the breast, body and face to patients in Atlanta, GA and surrounding areas.
Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty
Causes and Symptoms
Upper eyelids may tend to sag due to aging, hereditary factors, sun exposure or repetitive eye movements over the years, such as blinking. Natural eye contours can be distorted due to misplaced fat pockets, causing the appearance of wrinkles and folds in areas where the eyelid was once firm and smooth.
Symptoms may include a delicate fold of excess skin in the upper eyelid area, allowing it to rest on the eyelashes and, in some cases, resulting in partial vision obstruction. Sometimes the eyebrows begin to descend with age, causing heaviness in the upper eyelid.
The cosmetic surgeon will begin upper eyelid procedure by making a small incision along the crease of the upper eyelid to create access to the targeted area. The incision will be placed in the natural crease of the eyelid to avoid visible scarring. Loose skin and excess fat will be removed to reduce the puffy appearance. Skin will be tightened and the incision will be closed with fine sutures.
Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty
Lower eyelid surgery is designed to reduce dark circules, bags, and loose or wrinkled skin that may be showing underneath the eyes. A common problem is excess lower eyelid skin and the puffiness below the eyes, which can make the eyes appear old and tired.
The plastic surgeon may perform lower blepharoplasty to correct these conditions, enhance the skin tone below the eyes, and restore a more refreshed eye appearance. Dr. McCluskey receives patients from Atlanta, GA and surrounding communities for eyelid surgery and various other procedures of the breast, body and face.
Types of Lower Eyelid Lift
Lower eyelid surgery can be of two types. In a majority of cases, the surgeon will place the incision just beneath the lash line of the lower eyelid to excise loose skin and fat, followed by the tightening of skin and underlying muscles.
For patients who do not require muscle tightening of the lower eyelid, the surgeon may perform a transconjunctival blepharoplasty. The incision in this procedure is made inside the lower eyelid to keep the scarring entirely invisible. In some cases, the surgeon may recommend a combination of lower eyelid lift with laser resurfacing or a chemical peel for an enhanced skin texture.
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