Benefits of Eyelid Surgery (blepharoplasty)
Published on April 30, 2018
By Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery of Acadiana
As we get older, nowhere does it become more visible than on our face. The part of our body most affected by exposure to harsh weather, UV light, pollution and other toxins, our face almost always bears the biggest brunt of time passing. It can be extremely frustrating looking at your reflection and seeing the signs of ageing, such as dryness, fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging setting in.
Unfortunately, as we get older our bodies’ natural production of collagen and elastin, the substances that keep our skin looking firm a youthful, slows right down. It is this change that is primarily responsible for the loose, sagging skin that can make us seem older than we really are. In some instances, it can even affect our ability to perform our day to day tasks. This is usually the case when the skin on our eyelids, which is already very thin and sensitive, loses its elasticity and sags so much that it can hang in such a way that it partially obstructs our vision.
Fortunately, it is no longer necessary to live with the embarrassment or inconvenience of sagging eyelids. Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed specifically to remove excess skin in this area, enabling you to embrace a younger, more vibrant appearance.
Benefits of blepharoplasty
By far the biggest benefit of blepharoplasty is that it can totally transform your appearance. Our eyes are one of our most noticeable features and are what most people focus on when they talk to us. Therefore, by changing the way our eyes look we can completely change people’s perception of us.
More youthful, rejuvenated appearance
Blepharoplasty takes the excess skin away and tightens up the remaining skin around the eyes. This smoother appearance can make you seem younger, while also giving you a refreshed appearance that reduces signs of tiredness. This is particularly the case if performed in conjunction with a brow lift, which addresses lines and wrinkles on your forehead.
Potential to reduce migraines
Blepharoplasty has also been known to be able to help reduce the occurrence and effects of migraines. This is because in some cases, incisions in a specific part of the eyelid are believed to prevent ‘trigger’ nerves from activating a migraine.
Correct vision problems
If the skin on your upper eyelids is particularly stretched and saggy, you may find that it drops into your field of vision, causing obstructions and/or blurring. This can be dangerous in situations such as driving. Thankfully, a blepharoplasty can tighten up the skin on the upper eyelid so that it lays smooth and flat and well out of the way of your eye line.
Add a fold to the upper eyelid
This is a cosmetic change typically requested by Asian women who are not born with a natural second fold in the eyelid, which is characteristic shared by about 50% of Asian people. This improves the look of the eye area, while many believe it also makes it easier to successfully apply cosmetics.
Am I a good candidate for blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is considered to be an extremely safe and successful procedure for the vast majority of patients. To be considered a good candidate for the procedure, you will almost certainly have:
- Sagging upper eyelids
- Sagging lower eyelids
- Excess skin around the eyes
- Significant bags under the eyes
Your medical history along with a physical examination of your face and the skin around your eyes will be used to determine if you are given the go ahead for the procedure, which can be performed under a local anesthetic with sedation if required.
If the sagging around your eyes is getting you down and you are tired of looking tired, an eyelid lift may be the perfect solution to transform your appearance and help you regain your confidence. To schedule your no-obligation consultation, please do not hesitate to contact our office, where our experienced team are waiting to help you discover a younger, more vibrant version of yourself.