What is eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery, technically called blepharoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure for removing or adding fat and skin from the eyelids. Although it is commonly called an “eyelid lift,” the eyelid is not actually lifted during surgery and this is, therefore, a fallacy. Blepharoplasty surgery can be performed on either the upper eyelid or the lower eyelid. The upper eyelid procedure involves making a small incision on the natural crease of the eye to minimize the appearance of any scarring. The lower eyelid procedure can also be done by creating a small incision on the natural crease line of the eye or by making the incision on the inside of the eyelid, called the transconjuctiva approach. The transconjuctiva approach is used most often for patients desiring fat removal because it is done without any visible incisions.
What is the purpose of eyelid surgery?
Blepharoplasty is performed for both functional and aesthetic purposes. The surgery can correct defects and deformities caused by excess skin and fat. The most common procedures involve correcting drooping or puffy eyes, which give the appearance of aging and fatigue. These conditions can also impair vision. By adding, removing or restructuring the skin and fat around the eyes, strengthening the muscles and tendons surrounding the eye, and smoothing out the underlying eye muscles, blepharoplasty surgery restores and improves the function and appearance of the eye region of the face.
Who are potential candidates for eyelid surgery?
Blepharoplasty is a great option for those in good health with realistic expectations of the surgery. Although the surgery can improve physical appearance and enhance self-confidence, it is best for those who have specific goals rather than those in pursuit of an overall ideal image. Most candidates are 35 years or older, but blepharoplasty may be chosen at a younger age for those with a family history of droopy or baggy eyelids. As with most medical surgeries, it is important to discuss any diseases or disorders you may have as well as any family history of diseases or disorders with a physician before having surgery.