Blepharoplasty (sometimes known as an eyelid pinch) is a procedure in which a plastic surgeon repairs or reconstructs the patient’s lower eyelid. It is a common part of a mid-facelift and a traditional blepharoplasty that involves manipulating the skin, muscle tissue, and fat around the patient’s eye.
The eyelid pinch technique, however, is a blepharoplasty method in which only the patient’s skin is worked on, and the underlying tissue isn’t affected. A plastic surgeon uses a very small pair of forceps to press together the lower eyelid’s excess skin, which is then trimmed away. The surgeon then adds a chemical peel to smoothen the eyelid skin and make it appear even tighter. As a result, the blepharoplasty does not look “overdone” or exaggerated. The eyelid pinch technique is the most minimal form of a blepharoplasty.
As with most cosmetic procedures, blepharoplasties are done to make the patient’s face look younger and more rejuvenated. Large, round eyes are associated with youth and vitality while semi-closed eyes look tired and unhappy. This issue occurs when the skin around the eyes loses its elasticity and begins to sag. Excess fat around the middle of the face can heighten this effect, especially if the patient has round cheeks.
An individual’s eyes serve as the windows to their thoughts and desires. Big eyes are beautiful focal points that instantly draw other people in and make them focus on one’s expression rather than excess areas of skin around the mid-face area. After the eyelid pinch technique, the appearance of dark under-eye circles is greatly reduced. Extra white areas around the iris are decreased. The patient’s expression is brighter and more alert.
An eyelid pinch technique is the best solution for blepharoplasty candidates who have had little damage done to their eyelids and do not have a large amount of protruding fat under their lower eyelids. Since only local anesthesia is used, it is an excellent option for patients who cannot (or choose not to) undergo the generalized anesthesia needed for a traditional blepharoplasty.
The eyelid pinch technique, just as with the vast majority blepharoplasty procedures, can be done as outpatient surgery unless the patient elects to have other procedures done at the same time as well. Patients who have a medical history of dry eyes, glaucoma, diabetes, or circulatory problems must disclose these issues to their doctor during their initial consultation, as they may cause complications during the healing process.
At Facial Aesthetic Concepts, our specialists will work with you to determine the most effective treatment for your needs. We specialize in a variety of facial plastic surgery procedures, and we can customize a treatment to your aesthetic needs. Contact Facial Aesthetic Concepts today to schedule your consultation.