Blepharoplasty is the plastic surgery operation for correcting defects, deformities, and disfigurations of the eyelids.
This surgery is usually done for cosmetic reasons and can be performed on either the upper and lower lids, or both.
The operative goals of the procedure are achieved by removing excess skin, muscle and fat; as skin ages, it gradually loses its elasticity, a lack of elasticity causes excessive skin to collect on the upper and lower eyelids. Excess skin causes wrinkles and bulges. Excess fat may gather above and below the eyelids, causing a heavy looking eyelid, aged appearance, puffiness, and sometimes impaired vision. Blepharoplasty corrects these problems and also removes puffiness and bags under the eyes.
This is an outpatient surgery that takes 1-3 hours. Swelling or bruises will disappear in couple of weeks.
Upper eyelid surgery can last at least five to seven years. Lower eyelid surgery rarely needs to be repeated.