Lower blepharoplasty (cosmetic eyelid surgery) can be performed through an eyelid skin incision or from inside the lower lid. There is no doubt surgery from inside the lid is harder and more technically demanding. However, it is far safer, more cosmetically appealing and leads to significantly less potential complications. The dreaded result of surgery through the skin is a pulled down (or retracted) lower eyelid. This is VERY hard to fix, even in the best of hands. Here are the important points to keep in mind when deciding to undergo a lower blepharoplasty.
- Only an experienced eyelid surgeon (oculoplastic surgeon) should perform this procedure.
- Surgery through the skin has an overall 6-20% chance of pulling down the lower lid and changing the shape of your eye (this is based on published data).
- Excess skin can be removed after inside eyelid surgery at the time of the procedure (called a pinch procedure). This technique tends not to change the eyelid shape.
- An eyelid tightening procedure can be added as needed (called a canthal suspension).
- Canthal suspension is A VERY specialized procedure which really needs surgical expertise.
- Lower blepharoplasty addresses “eyelid bags” (skin and excess fat).
- Dark circle correction often also requires a laser or non-laser peel, fillers or other interventions.
- Do not go into this surgery without doing your research. You must feel confident with your surgeon and this only comes from doing your research ahead of time and understanding the procedure yourself.
Before & After Lower Blepharoplasty
This patient underwent lower blepharoplasty with Dr. Massry in which he made the incision inside of the lower lid. Dr. Massry also performed an upper blepharoplasty and brow lift to give this patient natural looking results.
Find A Lower Blepharoplasty Expert
We know how overwhelming it can be to choose a surgeon to perform your lower blepharoplasty. Today, it seems like there are more cosmetic and plastic surgeons than ever before, so it is very important to make sure the surgeon you choose is qualified and very experienced with eyelid surgery. Oculoplastic surgeons are eyelid experts who undergo specialized training in eyelid plastic and reconstructive surgery. Make sure the surgeon you choose for your lower lid blepharoplasty is an oculoplastic surgeon so you get the best results possible. In addition, make sure you ask the surgeon how many lower bleph procedures they perform per year, what surgical techniques they use, do they write peer-reviewed articles or textbook chapters, etc. Also, ask to see before and after pictures of patients who are similar to you so you can get a good idea of how the surgeon’s results look.
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If you are interested in lower blepharoplasty, please contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Guy Massry – 310.657.2203.
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