As we age, the soft tissues in our eyelids can weaken or thin. This can result in drooping eyelids, loose eyelids, puffy bags around the eyes, and many other conditions of cosmetic and functional concern.
Among other conditions, eyelid surgery can correct saggy overhanging skin in the upper lids called dermatochalasis (upper blepharoplasty), droopy sleepy looking upper lids called ptosis (upper lid ptosis repair), and puffy bags below your eyes called lower lid dermatochalasis (lower blepharoplasty).
1. On the day of surgery, the surgeon will mark the eyelids with a surgical pen, delineating how much skin to safely remove and the location of the incisions.
2. Eyelid surgery is usually performed under local or monitored sedation anesthesia; general anesthesia can be used when necessary.
3. Eyelid surgery may take from one to three hours.
4. Incisions generally fall within the creases of your upper lids, and just below the lashes in your lower lids.
Patients generally look more alert and refreshed after eyelid surgery. Although the aging process continues, the results typically last for many years.
Asian Eyelid Surgery
Asian eyelids are anatomically different from those of other races. In addition, each Asian eyelid has its own unique anatomical characteristics that distinguish it from other Asian eyelids. Asian patients may have a very clear sense of the shape and folds of their eyelids. Some Asian patients desire to have surgery to improve their field of vision, while maintaining their Asian appearance. Other Asian patients wish to pursue a “westernized” eyelid appearance. Before undergoing any eyelid surgery, Asian patients are encouraged to consult with Dr. Ramey in order to fully define their goals and expectations.