What is eyelid surgery/blepharoplasty?
Eyelid surgery, also called as blepharoplasty, is performed to improve the overall appearance of the eyelids. Depending on the requirement, this surgical procedure can be performed on either of the eyelids or both (upper and lower eyelid). They are very different from each other.
You can opt for eyelid surgery: If you want to improve overall appearance of your eyelids. Eyelid surgery can remarkably rejuvenate the surrounding area of your eyes. Many times a laser peel is performed on the skin at the same time.
Although, they both share the word “eyelid” there is little in common between the surgical treatment of upper and lower eyelids. The main reason for this is that the most common issue to be treated for upper eyelids is excess skin, but for the lower eyelid it is excess fat. Upper eyelids are often treated successfully with only skin removal and lower eyelids often treated successfully with only correction of fat.
Many people are unhappy with the appearance of “bags” under their lower eyelid skin and what they may call a deep line or groove. This appearance is due to a bulging of fat that often worsens with age, but may often be present even in younger patients due to an inherited genetic trait. Sadly, many people are treated with injection of fillers in this area rather that what the patient really needs which is a surgical correction. Many patients do not wish the receive this information and opt for the quick fix approach of injection which carries serious risks.
Lower eyelid surgery requires the most meticulous care and experience of any operation in all of cosmetic surgery. The patient should take great care in selection of a truly experienced professional.
Eyelid Surgery is recommended particularly to treat certain problems such as:
- Appearance of visible folds that disturb the natural contour of the upper eyelid that results in sagging skin and significant vision impairment.
- Visible bag-like appearance under the eyes.
- Formation of excess fine wrinkles and skin in the lower eyelid.
- Excessive accumulation of fat in the eyelids that cause eye ‘puffiness’.