There are many reasons why individuals come to see us for blepharoplasty (a.k.a. eyelid surgery) here in Newport Beach. One of the more common reason is ptosis or droopy eyelids. Blepharoplasty is a wonderful surgical procedure that removes and tightens excess s eyelid skin removing that tired and droopy look with a more alert and youthful appearance for all of those who choose to undergo the procedure. Often times people need blepharoplasty to improve their vision if the excess skin is obstructing the field of view. Occasionally, muscle along with fat is removed with the excess skin if there is an abnormally puffy appearance around the eyes.
Blepharoplasty for ptosis is similar to an upper eyelid blepharoplasty (a.k.a. an “eye lift”) which is a procedure to raise the position of the upper eyelid margin often performed to widen the those without a defined eyelid, for example those with Asian ancestry. Blepharoplasty surgery for ptosis can also elevate an upper eyelid margin slightly if the heaviness of the excessive skin actually is “weighing down” the upper eyelid, causing it to droop but usually focuses on the droopy lower lid.
Drooping eyelids and eyebrows sadly are frequently part of the aging process and many of our Newport Beach clients come in for blepharoplasty because they just look a lot older than they feel inside. When the eyelid skin stretches, muscles weaken and fat pockets become more prominent causing the space below the eyes to appear baggy. Droopy eyelids can also be a hereditary condition. As you can imagine, cosmetically, droopy eyelids detract from the overall attractiveness of the eyes and face while also causing a tired or older appearance.
Along with cosmetic reasons, a few medical conditions benefit from a blepharoplasty. When the excess folds of eyelid skin rub together they can cause irritation and sometimes infection if there folds are deep and not cleaned often. Forehead discomfort from overused muscles that strain to lift sagging skin in the eyelid area is another common complication of ptosis.