What is Blepharoplasty or Eyelid Surgery?
As you age, your skin tends to become less elastic and more droopy throughout the body, including the face. When the skin begins to droop in the upper eyelid, it can begin to block your eye visibility and make it harder to see.
Blepharoplasty for the upper eyelid removes extra skin, preventing this drooping and resulting in greater comfort and better vision.
What Are the Benefits of Eyelid Surgery?
A hooded upper eyelid doesn’t just interfere with your ability to see straight ahead. Because of the way that skin droops around the eye, it can also block peripheral vision.
This eyelid hooding is particularly challenging because you may be able to see certain things well but not realize the extent to which hooding is interfering with your vision until the problem has become extensive. Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery offers a way to remove some of this skin and improve your peripheral vision.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
Youthful skin tends to be elastic, naturally taut, and without many folds. Compare this to the face of someone older and how the droopiness of the eyelids affects their appearance. While these features are subtle, they can make a significant impact on the overall “physical age” of your face.
In a blepharoplasty procedure, your doctor removes excess skin from your 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 your face.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
So far, the focus has primarily 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 actual 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, making 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 to blepharoplasty: thin skin or hollows around the eyes. With a transposition technique, your surgeon 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.
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