Lower Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

The expression “lower blepharoplasty” incorporates an assortment of careful procedures that plans to work on the presence of the lower eyelids. All things considered, lower blepharoplasty was a reductive method wherein skin or potentially fat was taken out to diminish lower eyelid wrinkles, skin excess, and fat lumps. While fat and skin extraction is as yet performed with current lower blepharoplasty, present patterns follow a tissue-safeguarding theory that might incorporate orbital and sub-orbicularis fat repositioning and fat exchange procedures to reestablish evident volume misfortune related with facial maturing. In the mid 2000’s, hyaluronic corrosive based dermal fillers arose as an off-mark method for lower eyelid and infra-orbital volumization. Laser energy and light-based medicines have likewise been applied to the lower eyelids, giving non-careful lower blepharoplasty choices or non-careful aides to incisional blepharoplasty.

Patient Selection


A careful clinical and ophthalmic history is gotten preceding restorative lower blepharoplasty including:

Current illnesses

Medication list (including anticoagulants, vitamins, herbal pills)

Ophthalmic medications, lubricants, and contact lens wear

Drug or latex allergies

Dry eye symptoms

Social history (smoking, occupation, sun exposure)

Description of previous facial, ophthalmic, and eyelid surgery and procedures

The patient’s goals and expectations are discussed

Physical examination

Visual acuity, pupillary exam, extraocular motility.

Tear film and ocular surface evaluation

Presence of Bell’s phenomenon

Blink rate and strength

Presence of lagophthalmos

Skin evaluation Fitzpatrick skin type, dyschromia, rhytidosis, skin redundancy, lesions

Presence of steatoblepharon, infraorbital hollowing, tear trough deformity, malar fat atrophy

Globe prominence and globe/maxilla relationship (presence of negative vector)

Asymmetries, orbital dystopia

Standard view outer photos are acquired before surgery.


Rhytidosis and lower eyelid dermatochalasis

Relative steatoblepharon

Pronounced nasojugal groove

Infraorbital/malar deflation

Malar mounds or festoons

Lower eyelid asymmetry


Unachievable patient goals / unrealistic expectations

Coexisting severe or unstable medical conditions

Active thyroid ophthalmopathy (relative contraindication)

Uncontrolled dry eye syndrome

Surgical technique

A successful careful restoration of the lower eyelids tends to the patient’s interests that compare with anatomic issues distinguished in assessment. Fitting strategies and subtleties can shift among specialists. A solitary method or a mix approach might accomplish the ideal endpoint (for example transconjunctival fat control with front skin squeeze).

Markings are frequently performed with the patient in a situated position. The lines of steatoblepharon and emptying are drawn with a careful pen.

Neighborhood sedative comprising of lidocaine or potentially bupivacaine with epinephrine is invaded at the employable site. Effective sedative drops are imparted in the substandard circular drive. A corneal safeguard might be set. A sterile planning is utilized.

Transconjunctival approach

Quite possibly the most famous technique utilized for lower eyelid blepharoplasty is the transconjunctival approach. This is an extraordinary choice for patients who don’t have overabundance lower eyelid skin, but instead a bounty of lower eyelid fat prolapse.[1] An assortment of procedures are possible,[2] however one of the most famous is portrayed underneath.

A desmarres retractor gives openness and an infratarsal cut is made through conjunctiva and lower eyelid retractors. Ballotement of the globe helps with picturing the fat cushions and deciding the legitimate entry point area. Footing stitches set in the proximal conjunctival edge help in openness. In case openness is deficient, sidelong canthotomy and mediocre cantholysis might be required. Direct access is acquired to the three lower eyelid fat cushions without interruption of the orbital septum.

The orbital fat cushions are debulked or prepared as pedicles for repositioning to spaces of concavity sub-par compared to the orbital edge. Severe hemostasis is kept up with monopolar or bipolar burning. The substandard sideways muscle is pictured and left undisturbed. Fat redraping can happen in the suborbicularis or subperiosteal plane subsequent to making a pocket and delivering connections. The fat pedicles are gotten with percutaneous stitches or inner absorbable stitches. The suborbicularis oculi fat (SOOF) might be raised and gotten to the orbital edge periosteum with absorbable stitches through the transconjunctival entry point. Like orbital fat repositioning, a SOOF lift helps with destroying the tear box and infraorbital hollows.

The conjunctival entry point might be approximated with absorbable stitches or may mend without direct conclusion.

Skin approach (infraciliary)

An entry point is made 1-2 mm second rate compared to the eyelash line or inside a previous infraciliary wrinkle, stretching out to a sidelong eyelid wrinkle. A skin “squeeze” might be utilized to decide the measure of repetition by pounding the skin with a hemostat without causing foothold on the eyelid edge. Then again, a skin fold might be made, stretching out similar to important to sufficient preparation without twisting of the state of the eyelid gap. A moderate measure of skin is taken out to stay away from foremost lamellar lack. The patient is approached to look up and open their mouth to evaluate the reasonable measure of skin trim.

The skin-muscle approach starts a fold profound to the orbicularis and considers prevalent progression and managing of skin and muscle separately or as a solitary unit. Admittance to the orbital fat cushions and SOOF is conceivable from the infraciliary cut and is overseen similarly as the transconjunctival course. An infraciliary incison, either complete or sidelong gives admittance to the orbicularis muscle and the orbitomalar tendon which can be raised and suspended to the outside parallel orbital edge periosteum to lift and support the eyelid. Parallel canthopexy can likewise be performed utilizing a similar entry point and is frequently performed with infraciliary blepharoplasty to keep up with or lift the situation of the lower eyelid.

The skin entry point is shut with fine monofilament or absorbable catgut stitches.

Lower Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
Lower Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

Additional procedures

Critical lower cover laxity recorded preceding blepharoplasty is made do with canthopexy or horizontal canthoplasty.

Fat joining strategies might be utilized to add volume to the infraorbital hollows and the cover cheek intersection. Alloplastic orbital edge and malar inserts can likewise further develop volume and projection inadequacies.

Laser skin ablative or non ablative reemerging or synthetic strips further develop the lower eyelid skin quality and diminish rhytidosis and dyschromia in fitting up-and-comers.

Ligation, sclerotherapy, or laser treatment can diminish or dispose of the presence of undesirable conspicuous lower eyelid veins.

Botulinum poison infusions limit the unique wrinkles that structure in the periorbital locale and lower covers.

Postoperative care

Cold packs are frequently prescribed to decrease expanding in the initial 48 hours, trailed by warm packs

Tasteless salve or ophthalmic anti-toxin (or steroid/anti-infection mix) treatment or drops are applied for the primary postoperative week

Demanding movement is stayed away from for a time of days or weeks after surgery

A subsequent visit is arranged inside seven days of surgery and non-absorbable stitches are eliminated 5 to 7 days after surgery to stay away from stitch tracks and unreasonable scarring

Patients are told on concerning manifestations that would demonstrate draining or disease that would require contact with their specialist


Retrobulbar drain is an uncommon however genuine inconvenience that ought to be emanantly tended to


Pyogenic granuloma

Undercorrection or overcorrection of steatoblepharon


Inferior oblique muscle injury / diplopia

  • Hypertrophic scar
  • Suture cysts

Lower eyelid withdrawal is a likely danger of lower blepharoplasty and might be more normal when the septum is disregarded from the foremost methodology when contrasted with the transconjunctival approach. Withdrawal is seen as a low-situated eyelid that is fastened to the orbital edge due to scarring of the center or potentially back eyelid lamellae.

Front lamellar lack may likewise happen and is brought about by enthusiastic skin evacuation, negative constriction after surgery, or helpless mending after eyelid skin reemerging.

Ectropion, autonomous of withdrawal or skin lack can occur after lower blepharoplasty if a remiss lower eyelid is left uncorrected or on the other hand if postoperative tractional powers are unopposed in the setting of poor canthal support.