Eyelid surgery, technically called blepharoplasty, is a procedure to remove fat and excess skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery can correct drooping upper lids and puffy bags below, features that make us look older and more tired than we are and, in some cases, can interfere with vision. However, blepharoplasty will not remove “crow’s feet” or other wrinkles or drooping eyebrows. It can be done alone or with other cosmetic surgery of the face, such as cervicofacial lift or forehead lift.
If you are considering undergoing blepharoplasty, you get basic information about the surgery, when indicated, how it’s performed and what results can be expected. However, it is impossible for all your questions remain unanswered, since they largely depend on personal factors and surgeon preferences. If you do not understand something, ask your plastic surgeon.
Who is the ideal candidate to undergo a blepharoplasty?
The ideal candidates to undergo a blepharoplasty are those seeking improvement, and not an absolute perfection, in their appearance. If you have a good general state of health, has a psychological stability, and realistic in your expectations, it will be a good candidate. Generally patients are 35 or older, but in some cases with family tendency to have bags, patients are younger. The blepharoplasty improve your appearance and self confidence, but we will not get us look to another person or to treat us differently. Before deciding whether to perform a blepharoplasty think and discuss what you want to achieve with your plastic surgeon.
There are some medical conditions that can make that there are more risks to the blepharoplasty, such as thyroid problems, lack of sufficient tears, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Glaucoma and retinal detachment may also pose a risk; in certain cases prior to blepharoplasty eye examinations may be necessary.