Overexposure to the sun and heredity are some factors that can cause foreheads to relax and eyebrows to descend. When the elasticity of the skin is lost around the upper and lower eyelids, it begins to “hang” and fatty deposits may develop. These conditions can cause bulging and protrusion of the eyelid and surrounding tissues. There can also be droopiness of the eyelid itself. The result is a tired or even angry look. Dr. Lavrich performs many eyelid procedures including upper and lower lid blepharoplasty, ptosis repair and many lid tightening procedures to correct these problems. Eyelid surgery is often done on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia.
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Blepharoplasty (Lid Tuck)
Baggy, heavy eyelids can cause a person to look older, sad or rundown. The excess skin can even hang over the lid margin and obstruct vision or cause fatigue. Our cosmetics & aesthetics team offers you blepharoplasty, the procedure to correct this problem, consists of removing excess skin, muscle and underlying fat pads in the upper and lower lids. This surgery will restore the normal lid crease and lid platform and eliminate the puffy, bulging appearance around the eyes. In the lower eyelids, Dr. Lavrich performs an “invisible” approach to remove the fat bags from inside the eyelid requiring no stitches or scars on the skin. Blepharoplasty can be combined with laser resurfacing of the skin to further tighten and improve the textural quality of the skin. Laser resurfacing around the eyes will minimize the crepe paper appearance of the delicate eyelid skin.
Many people who have redundant upper lid skin will also have a ptosis or droopiness of the lid position. Much like a window shade that is pulled part way down blocking the upper part of the window, a droopy eyelid can block the upper part of your vision. Surgical repair to elevate the eyelid (ptosis repair) will restore a full field of vision and allow more light to enter the eye. This can be performed at the same time as removal of any excess skin around the eyes for a more refined look.
Frequently if the lid blocks the vision this is considered functional rather than cosmetic surgery and may be covered by your insurance. In a private consultation, Dr. Lavrich will fully evaluate your vision and eyelids to determine your individual needs.