By: Tampa oculoplastic surgeon, Jennifer Landy, MD
Because your eyes are the focus of your face, they are often the first thing people notice about you. Eyes are usually the most engaging, colorful attraction of the face and they are what create uniqueness and depth. Blepharoplasty is a procedure for the eyelids which involves the removal of fat, excess skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. During the aging process, wrinkles, droopiness and puffiness contribute to a tired or aged appearance. This occurs because the eyelid skin stretches, muscles weaken and fat pockets bulge and become more prominent. Although this is usually a result of the aging process, there may be a hereditary component that runs in your family. By removing the skin and fat from the upper and lower eyelids, the droopy and puffy appearance of the eyelids will be improved and a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance will be restored.
Blepharoplasty is usually an outpatient procedure done under local anesthesia or with sedation, if desired. Incisions during surgery are made in the natural eyelid crease (or folds) so that they are undetectable after the tissues have healed. In some instances for a lower eyelid blepharoplasty, the incisions are placed on the inside of the eyelid so there is no visible scar. Blepharoplasty is a favorable procedure that eliminates a fatigued and tired look common to aging. When excess eyelid skin begins to interfere with vision, a Blepharoplasty is preformed as a medical procedure and may be covered by your insurance.