What is Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the eyelids. Surgery can be performed on the upper lids, lower lids, or both.
Whether you want to improve your appearance or are experiencing functional problems with your eyelids, eyelid surgery can rejuvenate the area surrounding your eyes.
The eyelid operation or blepharoplasty lasts approximately one hour. In the case of operating on all four eyelids, the oculoplastic surgeon will always start with the upper ones, making an incision to remove excess skin and tighten the orbicularis oculi muscle.
When there is excessive laxity in the lower eyelids, the incision is usually below the eyelashes with very fine sutures that heal without a problem and are practically invisible three months after the intervention. In addition to removing fat and sometimes skin, the lower eyelid is repositioned to reduce eyelid laxity.
When to consider Eyelid surgery
The main reasons for considering this procedure may be:
- Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision
- Fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the eyelids
- Bags under the eyes
- Drooping lower eyelids that reveal white below the iris
- Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid
Are you a good candidate?
Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is aimed at those patients who seek to improve, not drastically change, their facial appearance, whether for aesthetic or other reasons. Patients who undergo this procedure are typically 40 years of age or older.
Good candidates for eyelid surgery include:
- Healthy individuals with no medical conditions that can impair healing
- Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic goals
- Individuals without serious eye conditions
Remember that the eyelids are part of the face. The appearance of a drooping upper lid may also be due to the relaxation of the forehead skin and eyebrow. Sometimes stretching out of the upper eyelid muscle may cause a drooping eyelid. This is called eyelid ptosis and requires a different surgical treatment, for further information please send us an email!