While many patients come to board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Max for purely cosmetic procedures, such as a tummy tuck in Fort Worth, certain surgeries can offer functional benefits as well. This is particularly true of blepharoplasty.
What is Blepharoplasty or Eyelid Surgery?
As people age, their skin tends to become less elastic and more droopy. This occurs throughout the body, including the face. When the skin begins to droop in the upper eyelid, it can begin to block the eye and cause a problem with vision.
Blepharoplasty for the upper eyelid removes extra skin, which can prevent this drooping. The result is greater comfort and more effective vision.
What Are the Benefits of Eyelid Surgery?
A hooded upper eyelid doesn’t just interfere with the ability to see straight ahead. Because of the way that skin droops around the eye, it can also block peripheral vision.
This is particularly challenging because patients in Fort Worth may be able to see certain things well but not realize the extent to which hooding is interfering with their vision until the problem has become extensive. As with hooding at the front of the eye, blepharoplasty offers a way to remove some of this skin and improve a patient’s ability to see at the periphery.
Youthful skin tends to be elastic, naturally taut, and without many folds. Compare this to the face of someone who is older and how the droopiness of the eyelids affects his or her appearance. While these features are subtle, they can make a significant impact on the overall “physical age” of a person’s face.
In a blepharoplasty procedure, Dr. Max of Fort Worth removes excess skin from the patient’s upper eyelids. The amount depends on the patient, but the ideal balance reduces the aged appearance while keeping the eyes looking natural and congruent with the rest of the face
So far, the focus has mostly been on the upper eyelids. However, the lower eyelids are just as essential to cosmetic success in a blepharoplasty procedure.
Often, people appear tired or older than their true age because they have puffiness in the lower area of the eyes. Water retention, which is common after sleep, can cause this puffiness. More common as we age is that muscles and ligaments in the area of the lower eyes become less elastic. This makes fat deposits more prevalent. Blepharoplasty can transpose or remove the fat that collects in these areas, reducing the impression of puffiness.
There’s another related concern that leads patients in Fort Worth to blepharoplasty: thin skin or hollows around the eyes. Fat transposition can address this issue. With this technique, Dr. Max reuses the tissue from the lower eyelid (typically from the periorbital fat) to improve the overall appearance of the eye.
Head to our blog for more answers to general blepharoplasty questions and learn more about whether eyelid surgery will change the shape of your eyes.