The areas surrounding the eyes are often the first to exhibit prominent signs of age and fatigue. In fact, the upper and lower eyelid regions can give off the appearance of exhaustion even among individuals who are well-rested and feel perfectly refreshed, which makes these common concerns even more frustrating. A “tired” look around the eyes can occur due to lack of sleep or as a natural byproduct of aging, or it can be caused by genetics and other factors. Fortunately, a surgical procedure called blepharoplasty (commonly referred to as eyelid surgery or an “eyelid lift”) can address these concerns and produce a more alert and vibrant appearance.
Upper blepharoplasty may be ideal in cases where a collection of excess skin or fat is creating a “hooding” effect over the eyes, ultimately making one appear tired regardless of whether they had a good night’s sleep. Eyelid surgery in these areas can reduce the excess skin while tightening the remaining skin, giving the eyes a more open look and creating a more refreshed appearance.
For patients who have puffiness or “bagginess” in the lower eyelid regions, a lower blepharoplasty may be the best way to minimize signs of exhaustion and produce a more rested aesthetic. An excess amount of fat that’s causing the concern may be repositioned or removed altogether, depending on each patient’s unique needs. Excess skin may need to be removed as well, with the remaining skin smoothed and tightened. In these cases, Dr. Eric Okamoto will likely need to address the lower eyelids’ supporting structures as well to prevent the possibility of sagging after the procedure. With that in mind, the results of lower blepharoplasty can provide significant rejuvenation for many individuals who experience common signs of aging and weariness under the eyes.
Once our board-certified plastic surgeon examines you during the initial consultation, he can determine the option that can help you achieve your treatment goals. In some cases, patients may need both upper and lower blepharoplasty in order to meet their expectations; in others, only one of these treatments is necessary for the best results.
If you would like additional information on blepharoplasty, or if you are ready to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Okamoto, please contact us today.