Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, focuses on the delicate skin surrounding the eyes that tends to sag, droop or sink as you get older. Sometimes, children and younger adults experience eyelid problems that require surgical correction for proper function. Blepharoplasty is a medical and cosmetic procedure that can restore a well-rested eyelid appearance and correct eyelid position.
Our experienced team of ophthalmologists at Boston Eye Physicians and Surgeons offer blepharoplasty and have ample experience and training working with the thin, delicate tissues around your eyes. We know how to provide youthful results and restore complete eyelid function safely and effectively.
Reasons for Blepharoplasty
Some eyelid problems impact function, while others are more of a cosmetic concern. Drooping or sagging upper eyelids can affect your ability to see because the skin tissue hangs over your field of vision, causing you to lift the eyelid with a finger to see clearly. This eyelid ptosis is a common motivation for blepharoplasty and one reason it’s among the most popular plastic surgeries, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Drooping eyelids make you look tired and older than your actual age, but ptosis correction with eyelid surgery shortens the eyelid muscle to strengthen it and lift the eyelid.
The thin skin of the eyelids stretches with age, causing more drooping and under-eye bags. Blepharoplasty removes the excess skin tissue from the eyelids and may remove or redistribute the fatty tissues for a rejuvenated appearance with defined eyelids.
Ectropion and entropion repair are variations of eyelid surgery that correct eyelids that turn inward or outward. Ectropion occurs when the lower eyelid turns outward and may be caused by age, injury or skin disease. The exposed eyes may experience dryness, light sensitivity, wind sensitivity and watery eyes. Entropion happens when the lower eyelid faces inward, causing the eyelashes and skin tissue to rub against the eye’s surface, leading to redness, watering, and irritation. If entropion isn’t treated, you can develop a corneal infection. Luckily, eyelid surgery restores the eyelid position and protects the eye.
Blepharoplasty is an outpatient surgery typically performed with local anesthesia that numbs the eye and surrounding tissues. Our eye surgeon will complete a comprehensive eye exam and discuss your surgical and non-surgical options for eyelid concerns. We will go over your medical history and any medications and supplements you’re taking to prevent surgical and recovery complications.
While plastic surgeons commonly perform blepharoplasty, an oculoplastic surgeon and ophthalmologist is uniquely suited to do your eyelid surgery, whether it’s for cosmetic or medical reasons. You don’t want to take risks when it comes to your eyes, and our oculoplastic surgeon is specially trained in reconstructive and cosmetic procedures to correct eyelid ptosis, malposition and other problems.
Schedule Your Blepharoplasty Consultation in Boston
Eyelid surgery can rejuvenate your facial appearance by tightening the skin and muscles for a youthful appearance or reducing symptoms of eyelid conditions. Schedule a consultation at Boston Eye Physicians and Surgeons to see if blepharoplasty is right for you.