The eyelid surgery called blepharoplasty is a common procedure done to remove excess fat pads and skin that have become droopy. Often times, the sagging lids drape over the eyelashes causing an obstruction in the visual field.
Blepharoplasty can be both a functional or cosmetic surgical procedure intended to reshape the upper eyelid or lower eyelid by the removal and/or repositioning of excess tissue as well as by reinforcement of surrounding muscles and tendons. When an advanced amount of upper eyelid skin is present, the skin may hang over the eyelashes and cause of loss of peripheral vision. The outer and upper parts of the visual field are most commonly affected and the condition may cause difficulty with activities such as driving or reading. In this circumstance, upper eyelid blepharoplasty is performed to improve peripheral vision and is considered a "medical necessity".
Patients with a less severe amount of excess skin may have a similar procedure performed for cosmetic reasons. Lower eyelid blepharoplasty is almost always done for cosmetic reasons, to improve puffy lower eyelid "bags" and reduce the wrinkling of skin.
Heavy, puffy, saggy eye lids can cause:
- Irritation from excess folds of skin rubbing together
- Headaches from straining to lifet eyelids in order to see better.
- Loss of elastic tissue in the skin
- Weakened connective tissue around the eyes
Best Candidates for eye lid surgery?
Benefits of having blepharoplasty:
What does eye lid surgery correct?
Redundant and lax eyelid skin and muscle is known as dermatochalasis. Gravity, loss of elastic tissue in the skin, and weakening of the eyelid tissue.
What happens during eyelid surgery in Murfreesburo, TN?
Dr. McCabe will inject the area with local anesthesia after drawing the incision lines on the patients skin.
Patients will receive a packet of "do's and don'ts" prior to surgery day. For the best outcome and safest surgery and recovery, it is important that the directions are taken seriously and followed.
ICE! ICE! ICE! To reduce the amount of post operative swelling and bruising apply ice every hour for 10-15 mins.