Eyelid Rejuvenation – Big Effects from a Small Procedure

Although eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) treats only a small area of the face, it has a dramatic impact on facial appearance. Dollar for dollar, blepharoplasty surgery has the best value of  any plastic surgery procedure of the face because it is seen by all in everyday conversations. The eyes show age more than any other body part due to smiling, squinting, frowning, sun damage , and heredity. A lot of what you perceive in other people has to do with how their eyes appear. Most of us know this because when we go into work, more often than not, what does someone seem to frequently say…you look tired!

Upper eyelid surgery gets rids of hooding and excess skin that may be hanging down on your eyelashes. Upper blepharoplasty helps restore a natural, youthful appearance by removing skin through an incision in the eyelid crease. In some cases, fat may also be removed or redistributed. Since the incision is carefully placed, it is undetectable once healed. The only way that fine little scar can be seen in the upper eyelid is if they look while you are sleeping!

The lower eyelids are one of the first areas of the face to show age-related changes. Most of us know this because the appearance of bags and wrinkled skin.  Loose skin and muscle create a droopy appearance and a protrusion of fat, which normally is under the eyeball,  creates that classic but dreaded appearance of lower eye bags. These bags are really prone to absorbing fluids which is why they are more swollen in the morning or if you have eaten really salty foods the day before. The lower eyelids can be improved by an incision which is hidden either inside the eyelid (if fat only needs to be removed) or just below the lashline. (when all tissues need to be treated) The muscle, support tendon, and skin are reshaped and tightened back up against the eye. That protrusion of fat is either removed, tucked back in, or repositioned over the edge of the eye socket bone, dependent upon what will look best. In some patients, chemical peels or laser resurfacing can be done at the same time (only when the incision is on the inside of the eyelid) to improve wrinkles and loose skin on the lower eyelid and crow’s feet area.

One of the most interesting things about these procedures is that most patients say… the most surprising thing about eyelid surgery is the lack of pain during recovery. While eyelid surgery may look bad, it actually produces very little pain. Your recovery is largely social and about how you look.

The other comment that patients often say is…why did I wait so long?  I spent a lot of money on creams and other potions and none of them worked…and they promised they would! (hope still remain the #1 selling point) Eye creams are beneficial but they are largely about prevention and not about reversing the age changes that are already there. They simply can not tighten or lift skin to any visible degree.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana