Blepharoplasty is the surgical technique in which your eyes are altered to make you look younger or to correct an issue.
By undergoing eyelid surgery, you can achieve dramatic results that are long-lasting and highly effective at creating a more youthful appearance. You can turn back the clock in just a few hours simply by removing excess fat and skin from around the eye and tightening lax muscles both above and below it.
Maybe you find that a genetic trait that results in the upper eyelids drooping (thus restricting your vision) is now starting to develop. An eyelid lift will correct that, too.
There are three types of eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty.
In some cases, a non-surgical technique for performing an upper or lower blepharoplasty could be used, and your doctor can discuss this in more detail with you.
- Eyelid surgery: Eyelid “lift” (or ptosis repair) is the surgical technique in which the upper muscle that controls the lifting action of the upper lid is repaired.
This is more invasive in terms of actually repairing the structure of the eyelid. The end result is a true heightening of the upper eyelid, while still giving it a natural look.
Often confused with a blepharoplasty, as it does focus on the upper lid, this technique is specific to muscular repair and does not remove skin or fatty deposits.
- Upper blepharoplasty: This is the removal of excess skin and or fatty deposits surrounding the upper eyelid, which may be impacting vision by pulling down the skin.
By removing small strips of skin, or by making small incisions along the natural fold lines to remove the fatty deposits, the eyelid appears higher, thinner, and rejuvenated.
- Lower blepharoplasty: This is the same as upper blepharoplasty, except it is performed on the under-eye areas.
This procedure is particularly effective in removing the puffiness that can make you look older or tired.
A healthy diet, proper hydration, and the recommended amount of sleep per night, along with regular exercise and limited exposure to the sun all help to keep our skin looking youthful and healthy.
With daily stressors in our lives, such as work and family commitments, our skin does not always get the care it needs. This can lead to dark circles and puffiness, as well as the skin loosening and becoming saggy on the upper eyelids as early as in our 30s.
These factors all lead to our face ageing before its time or giving you a tired look when, really, you are a happy and energetic person.
Eyelid surgeries are designed to tighten the skin, reduce or even remove crow’s feet, remove the fatty deposits that build up over time, and therefore give your face a rejuvenated appearance. This, in turn, increases your confidence and gives you a youthful glow.
As eyelid surgery is often an elective (though it can be done for medical reasons) surgery. Almost anyone who suffers from fine lines and wrinkles, droopy skin, or puffiness can be a good candidate.
You are more likely to see fantastic results quicker if you have a healthier lifestyle, which includes regular exercise, a good diet, and being a non-smoker.
People suffering from certain medical conditions, such as dry eye or thyroid issues, may be at a higher risk for complications. Thus, all medical history should be fully disclosed to your surgeon so they can decide if you are a good candidate. If not, other treatments may be an option.
It is said that the eyes are the windows to your soul. And when you are feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and younger, this is certainly true.
This is achieved when the fine lines, fatty deposits, and drooppiness are removed. There are other treatments that you may also consider getting alongside eyelid surgery to boost the results, which include the following.
Microneedling is a procedure where a series of small needles go into the skin (either via a pen or a roller rolled over the skin) to boost and promote the growth of new cells, natural collagen, and increase blood flow.
With radiofrequency skin tightening, a small device is placed over the skin. It emits a frequency designed to tighten skin by heating it up and encouraging your body’s natural response, thus stimulating collagen production.
A chemical peel is a procedure wherein a layer of a moisturized based cream is spread over the skin. This is designed to remove dead skin, tighten skin, and give you a rejuvenated glow.
Finally, platelet-rich plasma is a procedure that is sometimes referred to as the “Vampire Facial”. In this case, the doctor draws a small sample of your own blood, spins it down to remove the platelets, and then injects this back under the skin in the problem areas.