Reawaken and brighten that tired, run-down appearance with a blepharoplasty or eyelid-tuck procedure.
- Why have a blepharoplasty?
- What can a blepharoplasty treat?
- Improving the upper eyelid
- Improving the lower eyelid
- Complementary procedures
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is one of the most common facial rejuvenation surgeries performed today. The tissues around the eye are among the first to show the signs of aging. Patients will often mention that people always say that they look tired, when in fact the patient feels perfectly well rested. They want their eyes and outward appearance to better reflect how well they feel inside. Improvements in this area go a long way in freshening one's appearance.
Surgery is able to address your concerns with excessive upper and lower eyelid skin or bags under the eyes. Many patients note difficulties wearing eyelid makeup due to the extra skin that causing mascara to rub onto their eyelids. Other patients may have problems with visual field blockage or a chronic feeling of heaviness to their eyes. Additionally, surgery is also able to address baggy lower eyelids. During your consultation Dr. Thomas Lamperti will assess the amount of excess eyelid skin and which, if any, eyelid fat compartments are too prominent. He will also assess your eyebrow position to determine whether any or all of your upper eyelid symptoms are due to brow ptosis, or drooping. If this is found to be the case a brow lift may be indicated.
Upper eyelid surgery is usually performed using the pre-existing upper eyelid crease. The photo below shows a patient's well-healed upper eyelid incision line. If the crease is not in a proper position the incision can be modified, however. The incision can be extended toward the outer crows foot area where it is hidden in an existing skin crease. Dr. Lamperti’s philosophy regarding peri-orbital rejuvenation involves maintaining or recreating a youthful, non-sculpted appearance to the eyes. Besides eyelid surgery, this may also involve volume enhancement via a soft tissue filler or fat transfer to better frame the eyes. A main tenet of this approach is limiting how much tissue, especially fat, is removed during surgery.
Lower eyelid tuck can be performed using either a hidden transconjunctival (on the inside of the eyelid) incision or a subciliary incision just below the eyelashes. Excess lower eyelid fat can be reduced, the eyelid muscles can be tightened, or excess lower eyelid skin can be trimmed. Similar to the approach with the upper eyelids, Dr. Lamperti stresses the importance of avoiding an over-resected, hollowed out look. After your consultation, Dr. Lamperti can better explain which type of lower eyelid incision would be best for your case.
Blepharoplasty surgery alone does not treat the fine lines around the eyes. Either volume enhancement with a facial filler or fat grafting or a skin resurfacing procedure would better address this concern.
Meet Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Lamperti
Dr. Lamperti, a Seattle rhinoplasty super-specialist, has devoted his career to treatments of the head, face and neck. He feels that by focusing his plastic surgery endeavors solely to the face he is best able to provide the excellent results his patients desire.