Blepharoplasty FAQs (Part 1) –
Blepharoplasty is eyelid surgery that involves tightening and sculpting the upper and sometimes lower eyelids in order. It can be purely cosmetic, to restore a youthful appearance to the eyes. Or it can be medically motivated to improve vision, when sagging upper eyelids obstruct the ability to see.
Blepharoplasty surgery on the upper eyelid can prevent it from drooping. Blepharoplasty surgery on the lower eyelid is generally performed to reduce swelling and puffiness. Whether performed to improve one’s vision or for purely cosmetic purposes, blepharoplasty generally results in the patient looking considerably younger and more well-rested than before their procedure.
In this article Birmingham, MI board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali answers patients most frequently asked questions about blepharoplasty eyelid surgery.
Who is a candidate for blepharoplasty?
Individuals with loose skin or bulges of fat in their upper eyelid are perfect candidates for upper blepharoplasty. Other good candidates for upper blepharoplasty are people who experience feelings of heaviness in their eyelids, as well as people whose eyelids sag to the point of creating obstruction of their upper field of vision.
What is the best age to have blepharoplasty?
Being a candidate for blepharoplasty has less to do with age and more to do with necessity. Anyone experiencing enough sagging, laxity, or bulging could very well be a candidate for blepharoplasty.
At our Birmingham, MI med spa, many of our blepharoplasty undergo the procedure in their 30s, while others do so in their 40s. We also have treated a great number of patients for blepharoplasty in their 50s and 60s, as the procedure is often done in conjunction with facelifts.
Where are the incisions in blepharoplasty?
During upper blepharoplasty, the incisions are made at the eyelid’s upper crease. Occasionally, they will extend into the eyelid’s “crow’s feet” crease.
During lower blepharoplasty, fat is removed by making an incision on the inside of the lower eyelid (the medical name for which is transconjunctival blepharoplasty). In cases of lower blepharoplasty calling for the removal of skin, a small incision is made in the area directly below the eyelashes of the lower eyelid.
Does blepharoplasty leave scars?
While there is always a scar after any surgery, the eyelid heals better than skin on any other part of the body. Eyelid scars are carefully hidden in the crease on the upper eyelid, and along the last line on the lower eyelid.
In most cases, upper blepharoplasty scars can only be seen – very faintly – when the eyes are closed. When a person’s eyes are open, only someone who knew precisely what they were looking for would be able to notice a blepharoplasty scar. Normal eye makeup typically conceals any blepharoplasty scars on the upper eyelid.
The position of lower blepharoplasty scars are directly below the eyelashes makes them practically invisible.
What’s the difference between blepharoplasty and a brow lift?
Both blepharoplasty and a brow lift excellent procedures for patients who want to eliminate signs of aging on the upper half of the face. But each procedure is designed to target different concerns. many patients only need one or the other, while some of our Birmingham, MI patients choose to have both done, for optimal anti-aging!
Anyone with sagging lids whose brow has a desirable arch that is located directly about the eye socket will generally only require an eyelift.
However, a patient experiencing “hooding” that extends beyond the eyelid’s corner may require an browlift in addition to blepharoplasty. Or, if one can push their brows up to a desired, more youthful height with their fingers, one may also require a brow lift.
Can I have other procedures done with my blepharoplasty?
Since blepharoplasty is performed relatively quickly, it is frequently performed in conjunction with other procedures. Undergoing blepharoplasty with other procedures generally only adds less than an hour to the total procedure time. Common procedures performed with blepharoplasty are facelifts, rhinoplasty, fat injections, browlifts, neck liposuction, or chin implants – all of which can be performed by Birmingham, MI board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali.
Best Blepharoplasty – Birmingham, MI
If you’re in the Birmingham, MI area area and are considering blepharoplasty, contact Dr. Ali today for a consultation. Birmingham, MI board-certified plastic surgeon and blepharoplasty expert Dr. Ali will gladly answer any questions you have about how your vision or cosmetic goals can be met through blepharoplasty.