What is blepharoplasty and why is it used?

Blepharoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure for reconstructing or correcting the eyelids. It is carried out to remove bags above and below the eyes, reduce wrinkles and make the face less puffy and tired. Sometimes it can facilitate sight and make the eye less susceptible to tiring.

Over the years the tone and shape of the tissues tend to change. Normally swelling around and below the eyes indicates excessive accumulation of fluids in the surrounding skin tissue, called oedema. As the skin around the eyes is softer than the rest of the body, the swelling can be quite noticeable and for the same reason bags below the eyes are often accompanied by discoloration resulting in dark circles under eyes.

Blepharoplasty improves the aesthetic appearance and functionality of the eyelids, removing and remodeling the skin, muscle tissue and excessive fat. The type and quantity of the excess tissue to act on vary per case, according to the objective situation, the patient’s needs, the shape and proportions of the entire face.

The type of intervention has to be evaluated together with the physician for a harmonic result and to obtain the desired removal of dark circles under eyes. The health and functionality of the eyes are key aspects to consider as well.

For this reason, it is fundamental that the surgeon knows the anatomy and physiology of the eye area perfectly. Blepharoplasty surgery is usually carried out under local anesthesia. There is no invasive technique and the patient can return to carrying out normal daily activities in a few days.

Blepharoplasty does not remove crows feet (wrinkles on the sides of the eyes) which are only improved indirectly via the stretching of the eyelids.

Always ask your ophthalmologist.