As you age, your eyelids stretch, and the muscles supporting them weaken. As a result, excess fat may gather above and below your eyelids, causing sagging eyebrows, drooping upper lids and bags under your eyes. Besides making you look older, severely sagging skin around your eyes can impair your peripheral or side vision making it much more challenging to perform your daily activities. One of the main risks is inability to see your blind spot when driving. Blepharoplasty can reduce or eliminate such impaired vision.
In upper eyelid surgery, the surgeon first marks the individual lines and creases of the lids in order to keep the scars as invisible as possible along these natural folds. The incision is made, and excess fat is removed or repositioned, and then the loose muscle and skin are removed. Fine sutures are used to close the incisions, thereby minimizing the visibility of any scar.
As with any surgery, blepharoplasty carries some risks, such as poor healing, persistent fat or loose skin and muscle, dry eyes, and very rarely, visual changes or loss.