WHY IS BLEPHAROPLASTY PERFORMED?
There are different reasons why people choose to have this surgery – both cosmetic and functional.
As the eyelid’s skin ages, it becomes stretched because the muscles that support it become weaker. It also loses elasticity. Excess skin and fat tissue gather below and above the eyelids and cause unattractive saggy eyebrows, droopy upper lids and puffy bags under the eyes. It can also cause wrinkles in the skin under the eyes.
This cosmetic surgery involves removing the excess skin from the eyelids and making the eyes look more open. The shape of the eyes is not changed because the surgery doesn’t reposition the eyelid margin but only removes the hood of skin that blocks the iris or pupil of the eyes.
Besides being unattractive, saggy skin around the eyes can interfere with side/peripheral vision. With functional blepharoplasty, the vision can improve once the eyelid ptosis is resolved.
Generally, after the surgery, the eyes appear more youthful and alert.
WHO IS AN IDEAL CANDIDATE FOR EYELID SURGERY?
Good candidates for this surgery are patients who are in good overall health and have realistic expectations from this procedure. The usual patients are over 35, but they can be younger if they are genetically predisposed to develop droopy eyelids.
This surgery is ideal for patients who don’t want to appear tired anymore but wish to look refreshed instead.
It can improve the appearance of the patients but it is important to have a consultation with the plastic surgeon in order to get a customized treatment plan that will bring the best possible results from this procedure.
Patients who suffer from dry eyes, blood diseases or thyroid illness cannot have this surgery.
WHAT TYPES OF EYELID SURGERIES ARE THERE?
Blepharoplasty can be performed with different techniques depending on the patient’s anatomy and changes that need to be made in order to achieve the best outcomes. Therefore the patient can get Blepharoplasty on the upper, lower or both eyelids. It all depends on the patient’s needs and concerns.
Upper Eyelid surgery
makes tired-looking eyes more alert and rejuvenated. It can contour upper eyelids by removing saggy excess skin from them. The eyes restore a naturally youthful shape.
Lower Eyelid surgery
makes puffy eyes more youthful by smoothing out the skin under the eyes. By removing the saggy bags that accumulate fat and make the patient look tired, the surgery makes the eyes appear more energetic.
Both upper and lower eyelid surgery
can create smooth, natural-looking contours of the eyes. Once the saggy skin is lifted and bags under the eyes are eliminated, the patient can dramatically improve his/her facial appearance.
One important benefit of eyelid surgery is that it can be done as a stand-alone procedure or together with facelift or brow lift surgeries.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BLEPHAROPLASTY?
The patients who had eyelid surgery feel more confident because they look younger and rested. The results of this surgery can be life-changing – even the small improvements in the eye area can be extremely beneficial.
Eyelid surgery can improve vision especially if the upper-lid drooping is severe. When the excess skin has been removed, the field of vision gets expended.
Another functional benefit of eyelid surgery is that it can make the forehead area smoother. If the patient has heavy eyelids that interfere with vision, the patient has to raise their eyebrows to see better. But when the extra skin from the eyelids is removed, the patient doesn’t have to raise the eyebrows anymore and the forehead wrinkles don’t look so prominent.
Regarding cosmetic enhancement, after the eyelid surgery, the patient’s eyes become brighter and more sparkling. They also get a youthful-looking shape, once the excess skin and fat deposits are eliminated from the upper and lower eyelids and the skin around the eyes is firmer and better supported.
Whatever reasons the patients have for considering Blepharoplasty, they can have a consultation with Lucia’s plastic surgeon who will advise them on the best solution for their eyelid concerns.