- Under-eye bags
- Drooping lower eyelids
- Excess skin
- Fine wrinkles
Blepharoplasty is one of the most commonly performed facial plastic surgery procedures. The popularity of this procedure reflects the importance of the eyes in perfecting overall appearance. If the appearance of the eyes causes a patient to be unhappy, they may want to consider lower eyelid blepharoplasty to improve their look and boost their confidence through a safe procedure with minimal downtime.
Candidates for a Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty
- Are in good overall health
- Do not smoke
- Do not have any serious eye conditions
- Have healthy facial tissue and muscle
It is important for patients to have realistic expectations before undergoing a lower eyelid blepharoplasty procedure in order to be satisfied with their results. While the procedure can enhance their appearance and may improve self-confidence as a result, it cannot alter a patient’s entire appearance or change the structure of their face.
The Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty Procedure
The lower eyelid blepharoplasty procedure is performed with local anesthesia. The method or procedure to be used will be determined by the amount of fat that needs to be removed, the location of the fat and how tight to make the eyelid. The procedure typically takes from 45 minutes to an hour.
There are several different surgical approaches that can be used in a lower eyelid blepharoplasty. They are as follows:
Transconjunctival Lower Lid Blepharoplasty
Often chosen when no skin needs to be removed, a transconjunctival lower lid blepharoplasty creates an incision on the inside of the lower eyelid, leaving no visible scar or other evidence of the surgery.
Transcutaneous Lower Lid Blepharoplasty
A transcutaneous lower lid blepharoplasty is performed with a subciliary incision, also known as a pinch technique, to remove protruding fat and excess skin.
Recovery After a Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty
- Dry eyes
Results of a Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty Procedure
The results of a lower eyelid blepharoplasty procedure are visible as swelling and bruising subside and will continue to improve for up to a year after surgery. The lower eyelid blepharoplasty procedure is designed to produce long-lasting results. While surgery cannot prevent the eyes from aging, most patients are satisfied with their results and do not seek a repeat procedure.
Risks and Complications of a Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty
As with any surgical procedure, there are certain risks associated with a lower eyelid blepharoplasty procedure. While rare, these risks include the following:
- Blurry vision
- Malposition of the eye
- Dry eyes
- Skin discoloration
- An inability to fully close the eyes
• Loose, sagging and/or folded upper eyelids that may interfere with vision
• Puffy fat deposits in the eyelids
• Undereye bags
• Sagging lower eyelids that may show the whites of the eyes below the irises
• Excess skin in the lower eyelids
• Fine wrinkles in the lower eyelids
A blepharoplasty cannot raise the eyebrows, or treat deep wrinkles, dark circles under the eyes, or crow’s feet.