The 411 On Eyelid Blepharoplasty

With time, the muscles surrounding the eyes lose their strength. This can cause loose folds and sagging skin in the upper eyelids and bags under the eyes. Not only does this give the face a tired appearance, but it can also impair vision and make it difficult to wear contact lenses. In extreme cases, there can be muscle fatigue from trying hold the eyes open and irritation from the excess skin rubbing together. Eyelid blepharoplasty is the solution to the aging of the eyes.

How Aging Affects the Eyes:

Over time, the upper eyelids can develop extra fat, muscle, and wrinkles. This can make a person appear sleepy, lazy, or even angry. The skin under the eyes can lose its elasticity and fat can collect under the eye. This can make a person appear overly tired and much older than they are.

What is Eyelid Blepharoplasty?

Commonly known as lid surgery, blepharoplasty removes excess fat, skin, and tissue from the eyelids. The procedure can be performed on both the upper and lower eyelids to get rid of droopy skin and improve the field of vision. Lid surgery is an effective way for both men and women to reverse the signs of aging and make their face appear more youthful and rejuvenated.

Common Types of Eyelid Blepharoplasty:

To correct the upper eyelid droop, an incision is made along the crease of the eyelid in order to remove the excess tissue. The incision is then sutured to make the skin above the eye smoother and tighter.

A lower eyelid blepharoplasty is most often done using an incision. The most common surgical technique uses a transconjunctival approach in which the incision is made along the lower eyelashes to minimize the visibility of scars. Laser resurfacing and hyaluronic acid fillers can also be used to remove wrinkles and tighten the skin around the eye. These non-invasive procedures are well-suited for treating hooded eyelids and bags under the eyes.

Who Is a Candidate for Eyelid Blepharoplasty?

Candidates for eyelid surgery must be above the age of 18. Most people who choose the procedure have loose or excess skin along the upper eyelids that interferes with their vision. The surgery is also appropriate for those with bags, dark circles, or puffiness around the eyes.

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