Eye Lift (Blepharoplasty)
Puffy lower eyelids and hooding of the upper lid may be causes of genes or aging. Excessive hooding of the upper eyelid may affect eyesight and a visual field exam is required by your eye doctor for submission to insurance for coverage. The cosmetic eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the United States.
In an upper eyelid blepharoplasty, an ellipse of excess skin and adipose are removed from an incision made at a natural lid crease for camouflage. There are two procedures involved when performing a lower blepharoplasty. If only excess fat is a problem, the surgical approach is made through an incision inside the lower eyelid, therefore surgical scars are completely hidden. If excess skin also needs to be excised, the incision is made just below the eyelashes, and this area generally heals very well.
Recovery and potential complications are similar to that of the facelift. Bruising and swelling usually resolve in approximately 2 weeks. Patients may resume application of makeup after 2 weeks.