As we age, the delicate skin around our eyes can appear puffy or saggy. Eyelid skin stretches, muscles weaken, and the normal deposits of protective fat around the eye bulge. The surgical procedure which Drs. Bellotte use to remove excess eyelid tissues (skin, muscle, or fat) is called blepharoplasty.
Blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper eyelid, lower eyelid, or both. The surgery is performed for either cosmetic or functional reasons. Sometimes, excess upper eyelid tissue obstructs the upper visual field or can weigh down the eyelid and produce tired-feeling eyes. Most often, people choose blepharoplasty to improve their appearance by making the area around their eyes firmer. Drs. Bellotte will aim to give you a younger, more refreshed look while keeping it natural and maintaining your eyelid function.
The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. You will not be put to sleep, but your eyelids will be numb and non-painful. Upper lid incisions are made in the natural crease of the lid, and lower lid incisions are made just below the lash line or just inside the lower lid (transconjunctival blepharoplasty). In general, the incisions heal very well and follow your natural skin creases, so they should not be noticeable over time.
Swelling, bruising and slightly blurry vision are common for 1-2 weeks after blepharoplasty. Stitches which are placed are usually self-dissolving, and require no removal. Possible complications may include bleeding and swelling, delayed healing, infection, drooping of upper or lower eyelid, asymmetry, double vision, and dry eye. It is important to note that the puffiness of the fat pockets may not return, but normal wrinkling and aging of the eye area will continue over time.
Please ask Drs. Bellotte here at West Boca Eye and Cosmetic Center if you are a good candidate for blepharoplasty.