Cosmetic eyelid surgery, called blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both, and give a rejuvenated appearance to the surrounding area of your eyes, which can help you look more rested and alert.*
Specifically, eyelid surgery can treat:
* Individual results may vary.
Eyelid surgery is usually performed on adult men and women who have healthy facial tissue and muscles and have realistic goals for improvement of the upper and/or lower eyelids and surrounding area.
To make a decision that is personally appropriate to you, book a consultation with Dr. Huq in Niagara Falls to discuss your goals for eyelid surgery.
You must tell your doctor if you have any of these medical conditions:
Types of Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty
Transconjunctival Lower Blepharoplasty
The transconjunctival lower blepharoplasty is a procedure where, mainly, the goal is the removal of bulging orbital fat. The transconjunctival lower blepharoplasty is less invasive than the other two blepharoplasty procedures; however, it does not get rid of extra skin; therefore, patients with significant excess skin require that skin to be excised or tightened.
Transcutaneous Lower Blepharoplasty
The transcutaneous lower blepharoplasty, or skin approach, has the main goal of removing excess skin, orbital fat, as well as orbicularis muscle. It is a highly invasive procedure that may leave scar tissue inside of the lid that would risk altering the shape of the eyelid opening. Unlike the transconjunctival lower blepharoplasty, the transcutaneous lower blepharoplasty can remove excess skin and muscle without making a second incision.
Tissue-Sparing Lower Blepharoplasty
The tissue-sparing lower blepharoplasty is a procedure where, unlike the transconjunctival and transcutaneous blepharoplasty procedures, no orbital fat is removed. The tissue-sparing lower blepharoplasty focuses on direct repair and tightening of the orbital septum and/or capsulopalpebral fascia.
With the tissue-sparing lower blepharoplasty, there is no risk of hollowness immediately following or over time, no risk of eyelid collapse, less risk of lid shape change and a low chance of future fat bulging; however, this procedure is still new in comparison to the other two procedures, and therefore procedures are performed on a very selective basis.
Comparing Tissue-Sparing Lower Blepharoplasty
|TRANSCONJUNCTIVAL LOWER BLEPHAROPLASTY||TRANSCUTANEOUS LOWER BLEPHAROPLASTY||TISSUE-SPARING BLEPHAROPLASTY|
|Being Used Since...||1980s||Pre-1950s||Still New|
|Hollowness Over Time||Yes||Yes||No|
|Change of Lid Shape||Low||High||Moderate|
|Future Fat Bulging||Low||Moderate||Low|
|Comparative Level of Risk:||Low||High||Medium-High|