Eyelid surgery (also known as blepharoplasty) is a procedure used to improve the sad and tired appearance of the eyes. Today’s eyelid surgeries look very natural and can be performed quickly and painlessly with a very minimal recovery time.
Most eyelid surgery patients are aged 35 and older, but if the appearance of droopy, baggy eyelids runs in your family, you may decide to have eyelid surgery at a younger age. The best candidates for eyelid surgery are men and women who are physically healthy, psychologically stable, and have realistic expectations about what the procedure can achieve.
Like other forms of cosmetic surgery, eyelid surgery can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence. Eyelid surgery can correct drooping upper lids and puffy bags below your eyes, both of which are features that can make you look and feel older and more tired than you feel, and may even interfere with your vision.
Eyelid surgery may include the removal of fat and excessive skin, and is often performed in conjunction with lid tightening (also called canthopexy) or other skin resurfacing techniques to result in a more natural look.
While eyelid surgery can add an upper eyelid crease to Asian eyes, the procedure may not erase evidence of ethnicity or racial heritage. Blepharoplasty can be done alone or in conjunction with other facial surgery procedures, such as a facelift or brow lift.
A few medical conditions could make eyelid surgery more risky for some people. These conditions include thyroid problems such as hypothyroidism and Graves’ disease, dry eye or lack of sufficient tears, high blood pressure or other circulatory disorders, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. A detached retina or glaucoma is also reason for caution; check with your ophthalmologist before you have surgery if you have any concerns.
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