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What is Blepharoplasty?

October 12, 2014

Our age is naturally written our faces—but it doesn’t have to be! The effects of sun damage, gravity, and the natural aging process means we develop lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, and a loss of skin tone.

Blepharoplasty Surgery

Surgical cosmetic procedures are very effective at restoring our youthful appearance, and reversing the signs of aging. Facelift surgeries smooth and tighten the skin on our cheeks and neck; forehead lift surgeries correct lose and sagging skin on our upper faces.

And blepharoplasty—or eyelid surgery—restores a youthful appearance to our eyelids.

What does blepharoplasty treat?

Eyelid surgery is effective at removing loose, sagging skin round the upper and lower eyelids. Aging skin is less firm than youthful skin, because as we age we produce less collagen. Collagen is the substance which gives our skin its youthful texture, glow, and firmness.

Eyelid skin will also begin to sag due to the effect of gravity. In some cases, sagging skin can affect the eye’s natural contours.

Blepharoplasty also effectively treats the skin of the lower eyelids. The aging process may cause the lower lids to droop, revealing the white of the eye below the iris. This drooping and sagging leads to the appearance of bags under the eyes, which can make us seem tired and old. Loose skin is also extremely prone to developing wrinkles.

In addition to smoothing and tightening the skin around the eyelids, blepharoplasty can also correct excess eyelid fullness. This fullness is actually caused by fatty deposits which have developed under the eyes.

Blepharoplasty is a corrective as well as cosmetic surgery. The procedure is also used to correct a stretched levator, which is one of the muscles in the upper eyelid. If stretched, the levator can cause the eyelid to droop.

Blepharoplasty surgery

You will have a thorough consultation before blepharoplasty, as before any cosmetic surgery. Once you and your surgeon have determined how to best meet your aesthetic goals, your surgeon will plan the procedure.

The loose skin of upper eyelids is corrected through small incisions. Any scars will be concealed in the natural structures of your eyelids. Your surgeon will remove excess skin, and tighten muscles. The lower eyelid is corrected through precise incisions just beneath your lower lash line.

Blepharoplasty can also be used to create a crease in the upper eyelid that is desired by many East-Asians. This is a slightly different process, but the result is still the desired, natural looking eye!


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