What is blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is a surgery done to remove excess skin and sometimes some fat and excess muscle of the upper eyelid.
It can also refer to doing a similar procedure to the lower eyelid when there’s bulging of the skin and fat underneath the eye. But more commonly the upper eyelid is the one that’s visually symptomatic. So blepharoplasty is surgery to remove that excess skin and fat.
The condition itself is called dermatochalasis, which is a bit of a mouthful, but that’s essentially when there’s excess skin or fat above the eyelid, which can in severe cases affect vision and cause a sensation of heaviness and tiredness for the patient.
Most eye surgeons have had significant training to do blepharoplasties, and many of them do perform this, but an oculoplastic surgeon is perhaps even more trained to do these. And so they are very well qualified to do blepharoplasties, both for functional reasons and for cosmetic reasons.
And in many cases because they’re an eye surgeon they’re going to ensure that the integrity of the eyeball underneath is maintained, and they’re conservative enough to make sure that there’s adequate eye lid closure so that the eye itself underneath is protected.