Is there a non-surgical alternative to a blepharoplasty?

Droopy eyelids and puffy eyes, can make you look older than you really are, so it’s no surprise that blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) has become such a popular procedure. While many people are desperate to rejuvenate their eyes and appear more youthful, some don’t’ want to undergo surgery. But is there a non-surgical alternative to a blepharoplasty.

Why Blepharoplasty
The skin around the eyes is very thin and sensitive, and it becomes even more delicate as you age, because of the loss of elasticity due to collagen depletion.

Blepharoplasty is performed to correct droopy upper eyelids, and also to remove any excess skin and fat in the eyelids. It can also correct dark circles, wrinkles, and fine lines under the eyes.

There are also individuals with upper eyelid skin that sags so dramatically, it gets in the way and affects vision. Undergoing blepharoplasty can significantly improve their eyesight.

The procedure
Blepharoplasty is often performed as outpatient surgery, and is done with general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. During the procedure the surgeon will eliminate redundant skin, and reposition or remove excess fat. The incisions are usually made within the natural eyelid crease, which ensures the scars are well-hidden after healing.

Is there a non-surgical alternative to a blepharoplasty?
Laser skin resurfacing is one alternative that is often used to create subtle improvements in the appearance of the eyelids. It is often recommended for men and women with minimal skin laxity, who are not quite ready for surgery. However, the results with laser skin resurfacing are not as dramatic as those achieved with blepharoplasty, as there is only modest skin tightening.

If you are bothered by sagging eyelid skin, contact New View Eye Center, Reston, VA, for more information on blepharoplasty. Call 703-834-9777to set up a consultation with ophthalmologist Dr. Jacqueline Griffiths.

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