Procedure time: 1.5-2 hours
Duration of results: Years
Recovery Time: 2-4 Weeks
Anesthesia: Local anesthesia +/- sedation, or General anesthesia
Plastic surgery of the lower eyelid (also known as lower eyelid blepharoplasty) is performed to obtain a more youthful appearance of the lower eyelid. As we age, often times there is a sagging appearance to the lower eyelid with excess skin, often with distortion and protrusion of the underlying fat (similar to the upper eyelids). The lower eyelid blepharoplasty serves to obtain a more youthful appearance of the lower eyelid. This is done by removing or repositioning excess fat, and excising extra skin. Depending on the aesthetic goals of the patient, this incision may be hidden (via transconjuctival approach) with an incision on the inside of the eyelid, or with an incision on the outside of the eyelid along the skin just under the eyelash. The surgery is often combined with upper eyelid blepharoplasty, brow lift procedures, and supporting or lifting the lower eyelid with a canthopexy or canthoplasty procedure, depending on the needs of the patients.