Eyelid Surgery

Baggy Eyelids

In addition to droopy, sagging eyelids, some patients suffer from a "baggy" or "puffy" appearance of the eyelids. This condition is more often seen in the lower eyelids, although the upper eyelids can be involved as well. The cause of baggy eyelids can be several, including fat deposits, excessive skin, and fluid within the soft tissue of the eyelid. In the case of lower eyelid involvement, an associated looseness of the supporting tendon can result in chronic tearing or irritation.

Eyelid surgery can dramatically improve a puffy, tired appearance by removing the excess skin and fat that can cause baggy, puffy eyelids. If necessary, the tendon of the eyelid can be tightened to stabilize the eyelid position at the same time. A more stable lower eyelid can reduce symptoms of tearing and irritation, resulting in more comfortable eyes. A qualified oculofacial plastic surgeon can determine the cause of a baggy or puffy eyelid and recommend appropriate treatment options.

Droopy Eyelids

As we age, the tendon or skin of the eyelids can become loose, resulting in droopy, sagging eyelids. Medically, this condition is called "blepharoptosis" (for the loose tendon) or "dermatochalasis" (for loose, excessive skin). Often an individual may present a combination of both conditions.

Sagging upper eyelids can falsely portray an aged or tired appearance. In more severe cases, vision can be obscured or even blocked by the sagging skin and the associated eyelashes. Similar conditions can also arise from injury, muscle or nerve disorders, or congenital birth defects.

An eyelid lift surgery can dramatically improve a tired appearance by removing the excessive skin that causes sagging eyelids. If necessary, the tendon within the eyelid can be tightened to stabilize or elevate the eyelid position at the same time. The blocked eyesight will improve with proper lid elevation, resulting in better vision. A qualified oculofacial plastic surgeon can determine the cause of a droopy eyelid and recommend appropriate treatment options.

For more information on the treatment of baggy, puffy, and droopy eyelids please call The Eye and Facial Clinic at 630-836-1616 or email us at info@eyeandfacialclinic.com.