Eyelid surgery, otherwise known as blepharoplasty, is a procedure that can be performed to enhance the appearance of eyelids. Both adult patients and pediatric patients are eligible to have this procedure performed as drooping eyelids can affect both.
For adult patients, eyelid surgery can repair eyelids that have stretched due to weakening muscles. The result of weakening muscles around the eyelid is excess fat above or below the eyelids. By removing this fat and excess skin, drooping eyelids can be cured.
For pediatric patients, droopy or misshapen eyelids can occur at birth and over the child’s life, vision problems can occur as a result. If your child is raising their eyebrows on a consistent basis or looking up in order to see out of the bottom of their eyes, they may be affected and could be a good candidate for eyelid surgery.
Am I A Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
Pediatric patients are good candidates for this procedure if the natural shape of their eyelids could cause vision problems in the future. While it is possible that several procedures may need to be done before your child’s vision is corrected permanently, the process will help to ensure their quality of vision develops with them.
Adult patients have several reasons for choosing eyelid surgery and most of them are cosmetic. Blepharoplasty can:
- Loose or saggy skin that creates folds in the upper eyelid, causing impaired vision
- Fatty deposits that look like puffiness in the eyes
- Bags under eyes
- Droopy lower eyelids
For adult patients, the reason for this procedure could be increased productivity in vision, or could simply be a confidence booster. Some patients find they don’t like the look of their eyes, or find that others notice issues. Whatever your reason for looking into eyelid surgery, our experienced staff is here to help walk you through the process of blepharoplasty.
What to Expect
If you have droopy eyelids, consistent bags under your eyes, or misshapen eyelids, eyelid surgery could help. For pediatric patients, most procedures can be done under general anesthesia while adult patients are more likely to have a numbing injection followed by an intravenous medication to help you relax.
This is an ambulatory procedure and the patient can be sent home following the surgery. Rarely is there a case where a patch or bandage is required afterwards and the pain following the procedure is usually minimal.
Interested in Learning More About Eyelid Surgery?
Whether you have a child with misshapen eyelids or you are suffering from vision problems—or confidence issues—due to loose or sagging eyelids, we can help. A consultation can give you all the information you need and can allow us to determine the best route for your individual case.
Interested in finding out more? Give our office a call today and we’ll do our best to thoroughly answer questions you may have.