Lower Blepharoplasty (Lower Eyelid)

Lower blepharoplasty treats under-eye bags, dark circles, and fat pockets beneath the eyes, transforming an aged and weary expression into a rested, younger-looking face.

Bags beneath the eyes are a common occurrence as people age. Additionally, some people are genetically inclined to eye bags even at a young age.

The weakening of the muscles and tissues and loss of suppleness, combine with migrating fat, result in a puffy appearance that many people hate to see when they look in the mirror.

What Are The Most Common Signs of Aging Eyelids?

Herniated fat provides the impression of under-eye bags or dark circles, and excess skin and wrinkles also compound the appearance of aging.

Lower lid surgery can treat all of these issues.

Key benefits of lower eyelid surgery

  • Improving asymmetry of the lower eyelids
  • Decreasing the baggy looking under-eye area
  • Removing fat bags of the lower eyelids
  • Excising extra lower eyelid skin
  • Lightening dark circles under the eyes
  • Restoring a more youthful appearance
  • Boosting self-confidence

Types Of Lower Blepharoplasty

Lower blepharoplasty surgery can perform in two ways. Depending on your specific goals and age, a skilled cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Cyr may prefer one approach over the other. We recommend scheduling a consultation to go through your choices.

Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty:

Dr. Cyr performs blepharoplasty on many of his patients, which is a sophisticated scarless procedure. The incision is performed carefully inside the lower lid resulting in no visible scars. The transconjunctival technique provides immediate access to the visible fat pockets. Transconjunctival can use this method to remove or relocate excess fat pockets. Heat-induced sculpting use to eliminate fat pockets, whereas repositioning includes shifting extra fat to help fill in the under-eye hollows that people get as they age. Dr. Cyr will assess if you are a good candidate for fat repositioning.

Transconjunctival treatment alone cannot address fine wrinkles or extra skin under the eyes. Dr. Cyr may suggest a chemical or laser peel to smooth the fine wrinkles and remove excess skin beneath the eyes.

This can be effective at tightening the skin while also helping to minimize fine wrinkles.

Transcutaneous Blepharoplasty:

Blepharoplasty is a well-defined lower lid cosmetic surgery technique that involves removing extra lower lid skin and fat. Transcutaneous blepharoplasty is used when excess skin and weaker muscle cannot be treated with a chemical peel or a laser alone.

With this treatment, excess fat pockets can still be eliminated or relocated. This technique not only rejuvenates the lower lids by eliminating puffiness and dark circles, but it can also help tighten the lower lid and skin and muscle in places where a laser or chemical may not. Dr. Cyr specializes in skin muscle flap blepharoplasty, a minimally invasive procedure that tightens extra skin and weak muscle behind the eyes. Dr. Cyr will assess you to see if you are a good candidate for this surgery.

Your age, the amount of skin to be addressed, and your desired results will determine which approach Dr. Cyr recommends for the best possible outcome.

How Does Dr. Cyr Perform Lower Lid Surgery?

Dr. Cyr employs several sophisticated surgical methods to revitalize the lower lids successfully. Following a comprehensive examination, the doctor will propose the best choice for your objectives and your eyelid and face look. Dr. Cyr employs cutting-edge methods to facilitate fast healing.

Eyelid Surgeries Combine With Brow Lifting Procedures

Lower and upper lid blepharoplasty can combine with other cosmetic procedures. Endoscopic or temporal-based brow lifts can also assist patients with drooping and low-set brows to revitalize their brows. Eyelifts and browlifts can be done simultaneously as a facelift but are frequently done as a stand-alone procedure.

However, patients may think they need a brow lift when eye lift procedures are more than adequate to give them the open, rested, younger look they envision. A surgeon should carefully consider a brow lift to avoid the “surprised” look that comes from an over-corrected brow.

Transcutaneous Blepharoplasty, Where is the Incision Done?

If your surgeon recommends excising extra skin and muscle correction, they create a hairline incision behind your eyelashes. They will meticulously close the wound with delicate sutures, generally removed after 5-6 days. The corner incision is tucked into your crow’s feet and heals in the exact location as your natural crow’s feet.

 Lower Blepharoplasty Recovery

Swelling and bruising generally begin shortly after any surgery, and light ice compresses can be helpful. It is natural to experience some dry eye symptoms during the first week after surgery, so have some saline eye drops on hand.

Most of the swelling and bruises typically go away by the second week. You should be able to resume the majority, if not all, of your normal daily activities.

Some mild swelling may linger for some patients, but it should subside over the next few weeks.

What’s Next?

Schedule a consultation. Dr. Cyr will next do an in-depth examination to identify the best option for you that meets your goals for a natural and rejuvenated appearance.