Today's advanced surgical techniques are more precise than ever, enabling a number of procedures to be performed, including:
lower lid tightening
corrections of droopy or overhanging upper lids
correction of deep tear “troughs”
recontouring of skin and fat
correction of deep furrows
Sometimes called a “lid lift,” blepharoplasty elevates lids that have begun to droop or become lax as a result of the aging process. Droopy lids can make you look perpetually sleepy, and they can also cause an increased risk of infections in some people. Blepharoplasty raises the lids by repositioning muscle and skin and removing excess skin and fat as needed. The procedure can be performed on both upper and lower lids.
Blepharoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis. Incisions are made in the crease of the upper lid and just below the lash line of the lower lid or inside the lower lid. Once an incision is made, excess fat, skin and other tissue can be removed and redistributed, then the incision is closed. Most procedures take about two hours to perform.
Some problems can be temporarily addressed using Botox® or fillers. For instance, crow's feet – wrinkles and creases at the sides of the eyes – may be temporarily relaxed with Botox® and brow furrows may be treated with fillers. But while the results of these products can be very satisfactory, they will wear off over time and require regular touching up to maintain the effects. Also, some areas of the eyes, such as the lids, simply cannot be treated with injectables like fillers or Botox®.