The eyes are often called the “windows to the soul,” but when eyelid skin starts drooping or bags under the eyes enlarge, those windows can become hard to see through. Sagging lids or puffy bags can also age the face, making a person seem older or more tired than they actually are.
Although topical products can help firm the skin and correct less extensive sagging, they can’t completely counteract the effects of the aging process, which tends to stretch the skin around the eyes. Sun damage, smoking, and heredity can also contribute to changes in the skin and the support structure of the eyes. These changes can include excess fat behind the eyelid, leading to slackening of ligaments, muscles and skin; dropping of the eyebrows; and thickening of the muscle in the eyelid itself.
The most effective way to “open” the eyes is to surgically remove the fat and excess skin causing the sagging or puffiness. This procedure, called blepharoplasty, takes about an hour and is performed with local anesthesia. An upper eyelid blepharoplasty takes less than an hour and a lower eyelid blepharoplasty is around an hour.
Blepharoplasty was the third most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in the U.S. last year, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), with more than 195,000 procedures performed. Blepharoplasty has also become increasingly common for men, with one man for every four women undergoing the procedure.
Blepharoplasty can often be combined with resurfacing and/or injectables in the tear troughs.
Our surgeons, Dr. Michael Cohen and Dr. Larry Lickstein, are board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons and are among an elite group admitted to the prestigious American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.Drs. Cohen and Lickstein have performed Eyelid Surgery for many happy, grateful patients:
Click here to check out some before and after photos of blepharoplasty.
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