Blepharoplasty, Eyelid Surgery
Cosmetic surgery of the eyes, called Blepharoplasty, is designed to improve the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. Blepharoplasty can give your eyes a more rested, youthful appearance. Excess skin is removed and the underlying muscle is tightened in the lower eyelid with repositioning of fat to decrease the appearance of puffiness or bags.
Dr. Sargent offers 30+ years of experience in Plastic Surgery to Chattanooga, TN., and has his own in-office operative suite.
Who Is A Candidate For Eyelid Surgery?
Aging affects the appearance of the eyelid in both men and women. If you’re healthy with no serious eye diseases, you could be a candidate if you have:
Loose or sagging skin
Excess skin in the upper eyelids hanging over lid margin, sometimes obstructing vision
Excess fat deposits in your eyelids
Bags in lower eyelids
Excess skin and wrinkling in lower eyelid
About The Procedure
Upper eyelid aging can be reversed by making an incision in a natural crease of the upper eyelid, removing excess skin, tightening the muscle, and repositioning or removing excess fat deposits. The scar is usually hidden in a crease of the upper eyelid.
For lower eyelids, the incision is usually made just beneath the lower lashes. The fat is repositioned, the muscles tightened, and excess skin is removed. All this is designed to improve skin wrinkling and puffiness or bags in the lower eyelids.
All Procedures Shown were done by Larry A. Sargent, M.D. FACS
What To Expect Following This Procedure
Once the procedure is completed you are able to go home, keeping your head elevated, and using cold compresses. Minor discomfort with some bruising and swelling is expected. Eye ointment is recommended to keep your eyes lubricated. You should be able to return to work in 7-10 days, with full healing taking several weeks.
Length Of Surgery
Usually 30-90 minutes
Usually intravenous sedation or general anesthesia may be used
Length Of Stay
Mild discomfort with moderate swelling and bruising
Minimal activity for 4-5 days
Usually sutures are removed, if not dissolvable, in 4-5 days
Back to work in 7-10 days
Exercise in 4 weeks
Concealed in eyelid creases
Risks / Possible Complications
Serious complications are rare, however, potential risks include:
Poor or slow wound healing
Dry irritated eyes, usually temporary
Laxity of lower eyelids