What is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is a type of plastic surgery that an Ophthalmologist
can perform on the upper or lower eyelids to remove excess skin and fat
from around the eyes. Sagging eyebrows or eyelids may be corrected at
the same time.
Why is Blepharoplasty done?
This procedure is done to improve visual function and/or cosmetic appearance.
Excessive upper eyelid tissue can block the upper part of the visual field.
This can be determined by lifting the upper lids with your fingers to
see if the upper visual field improves or vision brightens. A formal visual
field test may be helpful in this situation. The weight of the excess
tissue may cause brow ache and fatigue. Occasionally the excess skin can
cause eyelashes to turn in and irritate the eye. An excessive number of
wrinkled skin folds above the eyes can produce a sagging tired look which
detracts from one's general appearance. In this situation, Blepharoplasty
may be considered for cosmetic reasons even though vision is not affected.
Cosmetic eyelid surgery is one of the most common plastic surgery operations
performed by ophthalmologists.
Why is it important to consult an Ophthalmologist when considering
Because Blepharoplasty can affect the function and lubrication
of the eye, a consultation with an Ophthalmologist is important. Although
other surgeons may perform Blepharoplasty, an Ophthalmologist is the only
surgeon trained specifically to treat the eye. Therefore, he or she is
uniquely qualified to help you decide whether you should consider this
How is eyelid surgery performed?
After the amount of skin and fat to be removed has been determined,
upper and lower incision lines are marked along natural skin creases.
Incision lines generally extend into the "crow's feet" or "smile
lines" at the outer edge of the eye, so that once healed, the incision
lines are less visible. The excess skin and fat are removed, and the incisions
are sutured closed. The procedure is performed with local or general anesthesia
depending on individual preference and health factors.
What results can I expect?
Generally results are successful. However, surgical outcome will
depend on the extent of corrective work, the skin structure and healing
process, hereditary factors, age and other physical characteristics. As
with any surgical procedure, an element of risk exists. Hemorrhage, infection,
or even blindness, though rare, may occur.
Why are regular medical eye examinations
important for everyone?
Eye disease can strike at any age. Many eye diseases do not cause
symptoms until the disease has done damage. Since most blindness is preventable
if diagnosed and treated early, regular medical examinations by an Ophthalmologist
are very important.
Why an Ophthalmologist?
Because only an Ophthalmologist
can provide total care for your eyes: medical, surgical and optical.