Your eyes are a focal point of your facial features and are often one of the first things people notice about you. Unfortunately, as we age, our eyelid skin can loosen and sag and our fat pads deep within the eyelid bulge forward and become more prominent. The droopy and/or puffy appearance can make you appear more tired or older than you are.
Blepharoplasty (pronounced “blef-a-ro-plasty”) eyelid surgery can give a more youthful, refreshed appearance by removing the excess loose skin and sculpting the deep bulging tissues. Cosmetic blepharoplasty surgery can be performed on the upper and/or lower eyelids. This is one of the most common eyelid and cosmetic surgeries performed and is often done in conjunction with a facelift.
Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty
Upper eyelid dermatochalasis (extra loose skin and bulging fat) is addressed by blepharoplasty surgery. We will determine how much skin to remove and will contour the underlying fat through an incision which hides in the natural eyelid crease. The thin eyelid skin heals remarkably well and the incision is often hard to find after several months of healing.
Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty
Lower eyelid blepharoplasty surgery primarily involves removal or repositioning of the herniated fat (the cause of “eyelid bags”) through an incision hidden on the inside surface of the eyelid. The eyelid is also sometimes tightened horizontally at the outside corner of the eye to create a pleasing eyelid contour and reduce fine skin wrinkling. Finally, if extra skin can be safely removed, a separate incision is made just below the eyelashes and closed with fine sutures.
While lower eyelid blepharoplasty surgery is always performed on a cosmetic basis, upper eyelid surgery may be cosmetic or may be covered by your insurance plan.
Dr. Dal Canto's Before and After Photographs
(WARNING: Some of the photographs may be graphic in nature.)
Patient #1: Cosmetic Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty
Patient #2: Upper and Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty
Patient #3: Upper and Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty
Patient #4: Upper and Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty