Cosmetic eyelid surgery, technically called blepharoplasty, is a surgery procedure to improve the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. Specifically, eyelid surgery can treat:
- Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or hides the natural contour of the upper eyelid.
- Excess skin that hangs down form the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision.
- Excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the upper eyelids.
- Bags under the eyes.
- Droopiness of the lower eyelids, showing white below the iris .
- Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower lid.
These conditions typically appear as part of the natural aging process, or due to heredity. Where they are the result of heredity, individuals as young as their 20’s and 30’s may achieve a marked improvement in the appearance of their eyes through eyelid surgery. Eyelid surgery removes excess skin, eliminates bags and restores firmness to the area surrounding the eye, making you look more rested and alert.
Most commonly, eyelid surgery is performed on adult men and women who have healthy facial tissue and muscles and have realistic goals for improvement of the upper and/or lower eyelids and surrounding area. Good candidates are:
- Healthy individuals who do not have a life threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing.
- Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for improvement through eyelid surgery.
In addition, the following medical conditions are essential to disclose if you are considering eyelid surgery:
Cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure or other circulatory disorders or diabetes
- Eye disease such as glaucoma, dry eye or detached retina.
- Thyroid disorders such as Graves’ disease and under or over-active thyroid.