Blepharoplasty, commonly known as eyelid lift procedure, is a cosmetic surgery procedure of the upper face to rejuvenate the appearance of lower or upper eyelids or both. The surgeon should educate the patient about various aspects of the procedure in order to help them make a well-considered decision.
While the surgeon will explain about the procedure in a patient-friendly language, it is always helpful if the patient understands some of the key terms related to blepharoplasty. Dr. Jennifer Hui is a dedicated oculoplastic surgeon providing blepharoplasty to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and surrounding communities.
Description of Common Terms
Some of the common terms related to eyelid surgery are described as follows:
General Anesthesia: A procedure to make the patient completely unconscious during blepharoplasty so that the surgery becomes completely pain-free.
Local Anestheisa: A drug, commonly lidocaine, that is directly injected to the site of the incision prior to the surgery to cause local numbness in the area to be treated.
IV Sedation: Sedatives administered intravenously along with local anesthesia to keep the patient completely comfortable.
Ectropion: A temporary condition where the lower eyelid is rolled outward or droopy following blepharoplasty.
Transconjunctival Incision: Incision concealed inside the lower eyelid, leaving no external scarring.
Pinch Blepharoplasty: A less invasive surgical technique involving skin removal from the lower eyelid without lifting the remainder of skin from the underlying tissue.
Tear Trough: The groove or depression located at the meeting point of the lower eyelid and the cheek.
Milia: A whitehead that commonly occurs in the eyelid area after eyelid surgery.
Arcus Marginalis: The localized rim of the thickened area where the orbital septum of the eyelid is attached to the orbital bone.
Browpexy: A simple surgery performed to stabilize the eyebrow position at or slightly above the orbital bone rim.
Browplasty: A simple surgery designed to debulk or thin down the fat pad located below the outer third of the eyebrow.
Ptosis: Ptosis or blepharoptosis is a condition where the upper eyelid becomes droopy.
Brow ptosis: A droopy condition of the eyebrow.
Poneurosis: A thin membrane or a tendon connecting the muscle to other tissue.
Asymmetry: Imbalance or mismatch between the two eyelids.
Atrophy: Thinning or loss of tissue in the eyelid area.
Brow lift: A surgery to rejuvenate the brow appearance or correct brow ptosis, commonly performed with eyelid lift.
Bulbar: Referring to the eyeballs.
Canthal Lines: Crow’s feet or fine lines emanating from the outer corners of the eyes.
Canthoplasty: Surgery to reposition the lateral canthal tendon and mitigate canthal lines.
Conjunctiva: A transparent tissue lining the white of the eye and the back of the eyelid.
During the initial consultation, the eye surgeon will encourage the patient to ask questions and resolve all doubts and concerns. At this point, the patient may ask definitions of any specific eyelid surgery related words that they may have read in a book, online forum or website. Dr. Hui receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and nearby areas for blepharoplasty.