Blepharoplasty is a surgical eyelid procedure that corrects functional and cosmetic issues in the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both. It may improve the visual field by eliminating redundant eyelid skin and tissue and repairing lax muscles. If you are experiencing visual impairment due to your eyelids, or you do not like the way they look, Austin Eye can help. Our eyelid surgeons know the anatomy and structure of the eyelids very well and have special expertise in surgical correction techniques.
Goals of Eyelid Surgery
Blepharoplasty surgery is usually performed to correct impaired eyelid function and improve the field of vision. Eyelid surgery can also reconstruct the eyelid if there is a structural defect due to trauma or tumor excision. Some individuals opt to have eyelid surgery to improve the overall appearance of aged or tired-looking eyelids.
Do I Need Eyelid Surgery?
You may be a candidate for eyelid surgery if you are worried about any of the following:
- Impaired vision due to excessive upper eyelid skin or tissue
- Ptosis (i.e., eyelid drooping) due to laxity in the muscles of the upper eyelids
- Entropion — a condition where the eyelids are turned inward
- Ectropion — a condition where the eyelids are turned outward
- Defects caused by trauma or skin cancer removal
- Blepharospasm (i.e., involuntary closure of the eyelids) that causes painful or visual side effects
- Eyelids that look prematurely aged (i.e., fleshy/puffy eyelids, undereye bags)
If you experience one or more of the symptoms or conditions listed, or your eyes make you look older than you are, contact Austin Eye for a consultation. Our eyelid experts can conduct a physical examination, inquire about your individual needs, and determine whether eyelid surgery is the appropriate solution.
Eyelid surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and usually takes one to two hours. Anesthesia is administered for the patient’s total comfort. The upper and lower eyelids can be treated individually or together.
To treat the upper eyelids, the surgeon makes the incisions in the natural creases and folds of the lids. This keeps scarring to a minimum. Through the incision, the surgeon removes excess tissue and skin. Fat may be removed or repositioned to improve the contours of the lid. Loose muscle and skin are removed. Any other modifications to correct a structural defect — such as a skin graft — can be made. The remaining skin is tightened and the incision is closed with fine sutures.
To treat the lower eyelids, the surgeon makes the incisions along the lower lashline and natural creases under the lid. Excess skin, fat and muscle are removed. If the goal of the operation is to correct undereye puffiness due to excess fat, the incision may be made inside the lower eyelid and fatty material removed.
After the incisions have been closed, small surgical bandages may be placed. Initially, the eyelids may be swollen and bruised, and the eyes may feel dry or itchy. Special ointment can reduce dryness and itching, and cold compresses help the bruising and swelling.
The eyelids generally heal quickly and serious side effects are rare. The sutures used are mostly self-dissolving. Because of the placement of the incisions, scarring is very minimal.
Schedule an Eyelid Surgery Consultation
To learn more about eyelid surgery for functional, reconstructive or cosmetic purposes, please contact Austin Eye Clinic and request a personal consultation. You can reach our office by calling 512-250-2020 today.