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Eye Lid Surgery
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Upper & Lower Lid Blepharoplasty
Lower Lid Blepharoplasty
Asian Blepharoplasty
Eyelid surgery, also known as “blepharoplasty,” is a procedure to remove fat, excess skin, and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery can correct drooping upper lids and puffy bags below your eyes - features that make you look older and more tired than you feel, and may even interfere with your vision. Many men and women who want a subtle smoothing effect around their eyes choose to have a blepharoplasty. Tightening of this small area around the eyes can give you a more youthful, more refreshed appearance.

Good blepharoplasty candidates include men and women, usually above age 35, who have drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags below their eyes. If such physical characteristics run in your family, you may consider having eyelid surgery at a younger age.

The procedure involves an incision made along the natural lines of your eyelids – in the creases of your upper eyelids and just below the lashes in the lower lids. Dr. Lehfeldt separates the skin from underlying tissue, removes or redistributes fat, and then trims sagging skin and muscle. In some instances, surgery of the lower eyelids can be performed without an external scar. Fat is removed using an incision within the internal portion of the lower eyelid, correcting the bagginess. Skin tightening is then performed to give a firm, smooth appearance. Incisions are closed with very fine sutures.

Of note, blepharoplasty will not remove crow's feet or other wrinkles, eliminate dark circles under your eyes, or lift sagging eyebrows. While it can add an upper eyelid crease to Asian eyes, it will not erase evidence of your ethnic or racial heritage. Blepharoplasty can be done alone, or in conjunction with other facial surgery procedures such as a facelift or a browlift.

A few medical conditions make blepharoplasty more risky. They include thyroid problems such as hypothyroidism and Graves' disease, dry eye or lack of sufficient tears, high blood pressure or other circulatory disorders, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. A detached retina or glaucoma is also reason for caution; check with your ophthalmologist before you have surgery.