Eyelid surgery can correct drooping upper lids and puffy bags below your eyes - features that make you look older and more tired than you feel, and may even interfere with your vision.
The eyes are surrounded by protecting fat. The facial eyelid muscles and skin hold this retro-orbital fat in place resulting in a youthful line starting from the eyelashes to the cheek. Gravity and the wear of time can make all facial tissues sag. Under eye bags form from the fat gentle pressure on this lax muscle, ligament, and skin wall. In some cases there is extra fat behind the support wall creating the baggy eyelids. Sometimes there is relaxed extra skin (dermochalasis) causing the eye bags. At other times the lid muscles are just thickened. Upper eyelid bags can be the result of drooping eyebrows. Blepharoplasty for eye bag removal depends on the individual problem(s). Blepharoplasty sculpture is often a blend of individual elements to address each component of what has caused the baggy eyelids.
The tissues under the eyes has a flat gently tense tone in youth. Age and other factors can let the muscles sag and fat bulge. Some call this protrusion blepharochalasis and more commonly called under eye bag or baggy eyelid. It is a very common condition seen with:
- normal aging
- fatigue or being tired
- certain medical problems
Lower Eye-Lid Surgery
For lower eyelid surgery, often an incision is hidden just below the lower lashes. Through this incision, excess skin, muscle and fat are removed, or fat may be redistributed to eliminate puffiness or bulges. Other adjustments to correct special problems such as muscle laxity may be performed. As in upper eyelid surgery, the incision is well camouflaged by natural creases.
The aim of this article is to give you a general information about the surgical intervention in question. You need to make more research about possible complications and risks of this selected procedure in order to make an informed decision. Please note that complications occur more frequently with patients who are obese, smoke, and have a history or lung or other chronic underlying medical conditions.
Smokers are recognized to have a significantly higher risk of post operative wound healing problems with a subsequently higher potential of infection as well as operative and post operative bleeding. Patients should discontinue smoking for two weeks before and two weeks after surgery. Although it helps to stop smoking before and after surgery, this does not completely eliminate the increased risks resulting from long term smoking. Smoking also has a long term adverse effect on the skin and ageing process.