Lower eyelid surgery, also known as a lower blepharoplasty, targets bags under the eyes. It rejuvenates the area under the eyes for a more youthful appearance. This is one of the most common surgeries performed around the world. Some people naturally have more puffy under-eyes, but bags under the eyes are generally caused by loosened, aging skin. Collagen production slows down after the mid-twenties. This results in skin that gradually becomes less firm, but a lower blepharoplasty can help.
What is a lower blepharoplasty?
A lower eyelid blepharoplasty involves the surgical removal and/or repositioning of the fat underneath the eye, as well as the removal or tightening of any excess lower eyelid skin. Afterward, the surgeon sews the remaining skin back together. The incision can be done one of two ways: just under the lower lash line, or the transconjunctival method, where the incision is done through the lower lid so that scarring is kept to a minimum. A lower eyelid blepharoplasty can be done under local or general anesthesia.
Does a lower eyelid blepharoplasty get rid of wrinkles?
A lower blepharoplasty tightens up the area under the eyes. This helps eliminate under-eye bags, and it can also help remove wrinkles and crepey skin.
How long does a lower blepharoplasty last?
The length of time a lower blepharoplasty lasts varies from person to person, but in some cases, results can last a lifetime. In other cases, a touch-up surgery may be needed 10-15 years down the line.
What is recovery like after a lower blepharoplasty?
After a lower eyelid surgery, expect to take about 10-14 days of downtime to recover. This may be longer if you’ve had other procedures done simultaneously. Some swelling, redness, and dry or watery eyes are to be expected. Vision will be blurry at first due to an antibiotic used to prevent infection during surgery. You can use ice packs to help with swelling, and be sure to take any medications your doctor prescribes such as eye drops. You will need to protect your eye area for two weeks following surgery. This includes sun protection (wear sunglasses) and not using eye makeup or contact lenses.
If you’re considering a lower eyelid blepharoplasty and are in the Los Angeles area, consider Dr. Edmund Fisher.