Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is one of the most exciting cosmetic surgeries available to greatly enhance ones appearance and achieve a look of vitality that matches ones state of mind. Droopy or overhanging eyelid skin can incorrectly give one a tired or angry look. Excessive overhanging upper eyelid skin is usually due to a combination of loss of eyelid skin elasticity with aging, prominence of the fat pads around the eyes, and settling of the eyebrows. Dr. Zimmerman performs a careful analysis of the anatomy along with a detailed discussion of the treatment options and expected outcomes from surgery. As the upper eyelid skin is the thinnest skin in the body, the incision, which hides in the eyelid crease, heals in a matter of days. On occasion, a brow lift may be required to raise the brows and accentuate the appearance of the eyes.

Lower eyelid skin laxity can cause a wrinkled skin appearance, or even bags, beneath the eyes. There are various surgical approaches to the lower eyelids depending upon ones anatomy and the cause of their eyelid complaints. An incision directly beneath the lower eyelashes (subciliary incision) can be used to excise excess skin and fat and achieve a smoother more youthful appearance. If a preponderance of fat exists, without skin laxity, the incision may be hidden within the lower eyelid (transconjunctival approach). Another approach to moderately wrinkled lower eyelid skin in individuals who do not have excess fat or bags beneath their eyes, is to achieve smoother skin using a technique of laser skin resurfacing. As an outpatient procedure with minimal recovery time, eyelid surgery offers a dramatic way of enabling one to look as young as they feel.