This surgery is performed to remove sagging tissues, which can include: skin, muscle and protruding fat pockets on the upper and lower eyelids. Dr. Pham uses laser surgery to remove these tissues; the incisions are made in the natural skin folds of the eyelids, which makes them virtually unnoticeable after healing is completed.
Surgery to improve the appearance of the eyelids is called blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery). The goal of blepharoplasty is to give the eyes a more youthful look by removing excess skin, bulging fat, and lax muscle from the upper or lower lids. If the sagging skin obstructs peripheral vision, blepharoplasty can eliminate the obstruction and expand the visual field. Excess skin and fat are removed from the upper lid through an incision hidden in the natural eyelid crease. If th eupper lid is droopy, the muscle that raises the lid can be tightened. The incision is then closed with fine sutures. Fat in the lower lid can be removed or repositioned through an incision hidden on the inner surface of the lid (transconjunctival blepharoplasty). Laser resurfacing or a chemical peel can be performed at the same time if desired, to smooth and tighten the lower lid skin. If there is excessive skin in the lower lid, the incision is made just below the lashes. Fat can be removed or repositioned through this incision, and the excess skin removed. The incision is then closed with fine sutures.
Blepharoplasty by itself will not elevate a drooping brow or remove wrinkles in the crow’s feet area. A procedure to elevate the brows may be appropriate, instead of, or in addition to upper lid blepharoplasty. Click here to read more about brow lifts.
Other surgeries around the eyes can also be performed with lasers at our facility. Contact us for a consultation with Dr. Randal Pham.
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