Eyelid surgery (“Blepharoplasty”) is a procedure designed to remove fat and excess skin which give the eyelids an aged or tired appearance. The excess skin is a reflection of loss of elasticity due either to the aging process or to familial tendency. The excess fat is not referable to body fat, but rather represents a herniation or moving forward of fat from deep within the bony orbit. The purpose of the Blepharoplasty is therefore to remove excess skin and herniated fat in a manner which is aesthetically pleasing. In a proper Blepharoplasty, the shape of the opening of the eye does not change. Though crow’s feet and fine wrinkles are somewhat improved by Blepharoplasty, they may be further addressed if necessary with laser skin resurfacing which Dr. Wolf can perform at the same time as Blepharoplasty.
The Blepharoplasty may be performed on the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both. It may be performed as an isolated procedure, or in combination with a facelift or brow lift. Blepharoplasty is performed at a Marin County Outpatient Surgery Center under a superficial plane of general anesthesia administered by a Board Certified Anesthesiologist. The eyelids are not blind-folded following surgery, and soothing iced compresses are applied for 48 hours. Bruising and swelling are usually modest, and often resolve in 7-10 days. Discomfort is minimal.