We’ve heard the saying; the eyes are the windows to the soul. Making sure they retain their best appearance is important to many people. Dr. Farias performs Blepharoplasty procedures to rejuvenate the eyes, remove excess skin, muscle and sometimes fat from the upper or lower eyelids, resulting in a refreshed, more youthful look.
Upper Blepharoplasty, or an eyelid lift, is a surgical procedure that removes the excess skin and some of the fat around the upper eyelids. As we age, skin of the upper eyelid becomes thinner and redundant. This excess skin, along with fat behind the muscle that allows you to close your eyes (called the orbicularis oculi), begins to shift forward creating fullness and drooping” of the skin over the crease. This gives the eyes a heavy and tired look. Upper Blepharoplasty can restore the definition around the eye.
Lower Blepharoplasty, which some people commonly call eye bag removal, focuses on reverse aging of the lower eyelids. For many, aging causes wrinkles in the skin of the lower eyelids that can extend out into “crow’s feet.” These occur from overuse of the eye muscles used to squint and smile. Fat from any of three compartments of fat that all people have inside of the orbit underneath the eyeball can also begin to push forward from the weight of the eyeball overtime. When this happens, shadows can develop underneath these “bags” of fat creating the appearance of dark circles which make people look tired. Lower Blepharoplasty can make the undereye smoother.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Eyelid surgery is the most common cosmetic surgery performed in the United States and is common for both men and women looking to refresh their eyes and reverse some of the effects of aging.
Upper Blepharoplasty is most common with individuals concerned with heaviness of the upper eyelids or a loss of definition of the upper eyelid crease resulting from excess skin. Female patients often express difficulty with makeup application along the upper eyelid. In severe cases, there may be some loss of peripheral vision caused by excess skin hanging over the lid.
Lower Blepharoplasty is most common with individuals that are experiencing unwanted bags or puffiness along the lower eyelids. These patients often note the appearance of dark shadows or dark circles under the eyes.
In an Upper Blepharoplasty, an incision in the natural eyelid crease enables the removal of excess skin and fatty tissue from the eyelids, leaving a natural-appearing, nicely contoured eyelid, making application of makeup much easier.
By removing a small strip of skin via a small incision on either the outside or inside of the lid, we are able to reduce the depth/appearance of wrinkles and fat from any of the three natural fat compartments. The Lower Blepharoplasty tightens skin and eliminates bags and wrinkles.
Any surgical procedure produces scars, however, after several months, Blepharoplasty scars will fade to an almost imperceptible healing line because they are placed in the normal creases of the eyelids.