Who Is a Good Candidate for Blepharoplasty?

Published on December 17, 2021
By Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery of Acadiana

Blepharoplasty is a surgery that repairs droopy eyelids. It removes excess skin, muscles, and sometimes fat that may be causing the area around your eyes to sag.

Why Do It?

Blepharoplasty or eyelift surgery is mainly for cosmetic reasons. Skin loses its elasticity as you age. This and the pull of gravity cause sagging skin on your upper and lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty removes this excess sagging skin from your top eyelids and reduces bagginess from your bottom eyelids. However, it will not get rid of crow’s feet, wrinkles, and dark circles under your eyes.

Loss of the Natural Crease

Loss of the natural crease may result in triple or multiple eyelid creases. The main cause of this is age. With time, the connections between the skin and the muscle beneath start to weaken. The weakening of these connections results in loss of skin elasticity and loss of the natural crease. It could also be a result of the thinning of soft tissue and the loss of fat. Blepharoplasty helps restore the natural crease.

Excessive Sagging of Upper Eyelid

The excess skin on the upper eyelids can form an extra fold of skin that hangs over your eyelashes. The fold of skin then gets in the way of seeing. In blepharoplasty surgery, the surgeon removes the excess skin and lifts the drooping skin, allowing you to see without interference. It also reduces the risk of complications as you grow older.


Excessive Sagging of Upper and Lower Eyelids

Sometimes, a patient may have excess skin on both the upper and lower eyelid. It may make them look older than they are. Blepharoplasty surgery will help make your eyes look more alert and younger. It will also reduce or eliminate vision problems that may come because of severely sagging skin.

Puffy Fat Pouches

As you grow older, bulges can also form on your lower eyelids from the fat that cushions your eyeballs. It is because of the thinning of the membrane that holds the fat in place. When the bulges start forming, the membrane lets the fat forward into the lids like a hernia.

The surgery helps correct this. However, surgeons consider surgery on the lower eyelids to be mainly for cosmetic reasons. Overall, eyelid surgery will improve your appearance and build your confidence.

For more information on blepharoplasty, visit Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery of Acadiana at our office in Lafayette, Louisiana. You can also call (337) 504-3640 to schedule an appointment today.