What You Need To Know About Blepharoplasty ~ Eyelid Surgery

by Phillippa Marshall

What is Blepharoplasty?

An eyelid lift, also known as blepharoplasty, is a surgical operation that removes skin and either adds or removes some fat from the eyelids.  Since the eyelid is not fully removed during surgery, the word “eyelid lift” is misleading.

Upper blepharoplasty surgery makes use of incisions to remove skin and fat. The skin is then brought together with a thin stitch to allow for the formation of an eyelid crease.

Lower eyelid surgery can include skin incisions immediately under the lash line or an incision on the inside of the eyelid known as a transconjunctival approach. The transconjunctival solution provides access to the eyelid without clear incisions, making it ideal for patients who need fat removed or added. To remove lines and wrinkles, this technique can be combined with laser resurfacing of the eyelid tissue.


What Is Involved With Blepharoplasty Done?

Upper blepharoplasty involves the surgeon making small incisions in the flesh of the upper eyelids. They will remove excess, loose eyelid skin and stitch or glue the incisions together so that the wounds remain concealed within the normal folds of your eyelids until you are healed. When your face is in a natural, comfortable expression, removing this loose skin helps your eyelids to stay more flexible.

Lower blepharoplasty involves the surgeon making equivalent incisions in your under eye region and removing or repositioning the fat pockets that trigger bags. The residual marks, including those from upper blepharoplasty, would be very slight and conveniently concealed under your eyes. You’ll find an instant and dramatic change in under-eye puffiness, making you appear less sleepy and more youthful overall.



Why Do People Get Eyelid Surgery Done?

Excess upper eyelid skin and fat may result in a heavy-looking eyelid, an aged appearance, puffiness, and, in some cases, a blockage of the upper field of vision. Upper blepharoplasty is a procedure that removes extra skin and fat from the upper eyelids and may increase the field of vision.

Lower blepharoplasty may be used to reduce extra skin and increase eyelid contour by inserting or eliminating fat. To fix sagging, eyelid tightening is often used, while laser skin resurfacing may be used to enhance wrinkles and skin texture.  An eyelid raise is a mild cosmetic procedure that will rejuvenate your face and make you look years younger.


What Age Can You Get An Eyelid Lift?

Although sagging eyelids are often the product of ageing, some people are born with heaviness in the upper eyelids or grow drooping skin at a young age. If you fall into this group, you may be wondering if you’re too young for blepharoplasty. The majority of patients who have eyelid surgery are in their 30s or higher. However, there is no real age limit for blepharoplasty, it can be done safely on younger patients.

However, plastic surgeons usually advise patients to wait until they are at least 18 years old. However, whether the upper eyelid skin obstructs vision or the drooping causes mental or neurological problems, the surgery can be completed sooner.


Can Anybody Get Eyelid Surgery?

Unfortunately, upper eyelid surgery is not for all.  Blepharoplasty can aggravate such ophthalmic disorders, such as glaucoma and dry eyes syndrome. Inadequate orbital bone and adjacent supporting tissues will also prevent a patient from undergoing this surgery.

Any medical conditions can increase the chances of blepharoplasty. Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hyperthyroidism, for example, can necessitate extra measures to guarantee a successful surgery and a smooth recovery.



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How Long Do Blepharoplasty Results Last for?

Blepharoplasty eye lift surgery will provide you with youthful outcomes that you can appreciate for many years. This surgery, which can be done on either the upper or lower lids, produces the best effects when done on the lower lids. Patients that have had their lower lids handled seldom need touch-ups. As done on the upper eyelids, the effects usually last about seven years. It is not unusual for patients to have all of their upper and lower eyelids addressed at the same time.


Is Eyelid Surgery The Right Thing For You?

If you’re worried about the skin on your upper eyelids, blepharoplasty might be just what you need to enhance the look of your tired, droopy eyes.  In certain cases, however, blepharoplasty alone may be insufficient to have a truly rejuvenated, younger-looking face. For certain patients, combining eyelid surgery with other therapies such as a brow raise, dermal fillers, or chin implants could be a safer option.  Of course, no one plastic surgery operation is right for all, and blepharoplasty outcomes will differ between patients. Consult with a competent cosmetic plastic surgeon to assess the right treatment plan for the sagging eyelids.





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