Let's Talk About Blepharoplasty, Baby.

Let's Talk About Blepharoplasty, Baby.

Blepharoplasty can be one of the most transformative surgeries you can do on your face. Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, consists of removing fat, usually along with excess skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. Whether you are 56 or 26 – reasons for opting for eyelid surgery usually consists of the following:

  • Those who genetically inherit baggy, droopy eyes.
  • If you have profound grooves under your eyes.
  • If you have loose skin hanging down from the upper eyelids over the eyelashes. Think “hooded” eyes.
  • If your upper and lower eyelids appear puffy, making your eyes look tired and aged.

With patients who are older, achieving the desired look of youth is more attainable than ever. Upper eyelid blepharoplasty is mostly understood as removal of extra skin and fat in order to create more youthful, balanced look. However, many patients in Dr. Potparic’s opinion, would also benefit from adding volume by means of their own fat or soft tissue filler. This is in particular the case in lateral aspect of orbit where eyelid skin blends with brow skin. Think today’s popular celebrities such as Blake Lively and Cate Blanchett; adding fat grafts and volume to create full lateral aspect of eye and orbit, creates impression of higher brows and full cheeks. Full, perky brows are an epitome of beauty and youth.

In a younger person the problem is usually lower eyelid. A tired look, deep groove (tear through), dark circles, bulging eyes are the most common signs. While we see these signs in patients starting in their thirties and forties, in younger patients very frequently this is a result of underdeveloped cheek bones (malar hypoplasia); which creates this problem in the very early age. People with small cheek bones will experience signs of lower eyelid aging a good 10-15 years earlier than population with normal cheek bones. For that reason, augmentation of cheek bones with implant, fat grafting or combination of the two is an excellent tool to erase effect of early aging in this group of patients.

The best candidates for blepharoplasty are those who have bags and/or dark circles under the eyes, when the upper eye skin is redundant or too wrinkled to apply makeup, or having loose upper skin that impairs your vision. So sure, you could probably slather on some new high tech cream that Dr. Oz recommends, cross your fingers, do the hokey pokey, and hope it works – or you could get long term results with the help of your most trusted plastic surgeon.

In comparison to other facial procedures like face lift or neck lift that may be a bit lengthier and take long recovery time, blepharoplasty takes one to two weeks to heal. Once recovered, the patient will notice a natural and rejuvenated look. Blepharoplasty remains to be one of plastic surgeries best kept secrets to a rapid, youthful appearance for both men and women. What are you waiting for? Call us today to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Potparic and let’s see if upper and lower blepharoplasty is the right treatment for you.

Or, keeping watching Dr. Oz – your choice!

Learn more about blepharoplasty and other cosmetic procedures here.