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Blepharoplasty - Removal of Excess Eyelid Skin and Fat

Posted Oct 24 2010 11:53pm

Fat deposits and drooping skin on the eyelids gives the face an aged and tired blepharoplasty appearance. Sometimes the vision also may be impaired due to drooping eyelids. With blepharoplasty, removal of excess eyelid skin and fat is easy and effective.

Types of Blepharoplasty

Surgeons perform blepharoplasty in mainly two ways, the traditional method and the endoscopic method. After an initial examination the plastic surgeon decides the best method to follow for each indivisual case. The technique used depends on age and the amount of correction that is required. Younger people may need an endoscopic surgery which helps to lift the skin to repair obstruction of vision. Older people may require the traditional method as the extent of skin elevation needed may be more extensive and needs to be accompanied by tightening of tissues and fat removal. The traditional type is more common as the scope of the endoscopic type of blepharoplasty can be limiting.

Traditional Blepharoplasty procedure

Local anesthesia or intravenous sedation is used for this surgical procedure. The procedure lasts from one to three hours. It is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, and the patient can return home a few hours after surgery. Tiny incisions are made which remain concealed in the skin folds. The excess fat is removed followed by tissue tightening. The skin is repositioned and the excess skin is trimmed. Sutures are used for closing the incisions. Swelling and redness are common after surgery and should not be a cause for concern as they disappear within a few days. A few precautions need to be followed to ensure a quick recovery.

With blepharoplasty, removal of excess eyelid skin and fat is possible in a minimally invasive procedure. The drooping skin is repaired for alert looking eyes and vision impairment due to droopiness is corrected.

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