What Is Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?

What is Blepharoplasty (also known as eyelid lift surgery)?

A Useful Overview of Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty is cosmetic surgery performed on the upper or lower eyelids. The goal of the eyelid surgery is to produce a more rested, youthful appearance by removing or tightening sagging, excess skin around the eye. In some cases it is used to change the shape of the eye.

During the procedure, a small incision is made, allowing excess fatty tissue and skin to be removed from the upper and lower lid. Scarring is usually minimal and the effects are long lasting and beneficial.  The beauty of eyelid lift surgery is that it gives the eyes a very natural look so there is no need to worry about a drastic change.

What Causes Sagging Eyelids?

Many women, usually in their late thirties or early forties, notice that their upper eyelids begin to look heavier and their lower eyelids begin to sag, forming bags under the eyes. This effect is a result of the same aging process that creates wrinkles and other skin folds. Collagen and elastin are the compounds produced by the body to form and maintain the structure of the skin. Over time, the production of collagen and elastin breaks down. In the eye area, this breakdown means that the skin of the upper and lower eyelids begin to fold over the existing bone and organ structure of the eye, resulting in a tired, aged appearance.

Who Should Consider Blepharoplasty / Eyelid Surgery?

Women in their mid- to late-thirties or forties are the most common candidates for blepharoplasty. Occasionally, younger women experience the same kind of sagging skin, as well as older women who have decided to have the surgery after years of consideration. Some women may choose to have blepharoplasty to change the shape of their eyes, as in the case of “droopy” eyes.

Eye Creams Are Not Effective

Over the counter treatments are not a replacement for eyelid surgery, and do not produce significant effects on heavily sagging eyelids.

The Takeaway

If you have tried creams and serums and they have not left you with the results you are looking for, or if you are unhappy with the shape of your eyes in general, blepharoplasty may be the solution for you. And although it is common to have both upper and lower lids done at the same time, it is not necessary and can be determined between you and your surgeon.

If you have additional questions or would like to find a surgeon who specializes in blepharoplasty in your area, please contact Dr. Taylor Theunissen.