What is Blepharoplasty, and Who is a Good Candidate?
November 2, 2021
The most visible signs of facial aging are typically first noticed around the eyes, the most focal point when we relate to one another.
“Drooping eyelids and bags under the eyes” can cause a person to look tired, sad, angry, or older than they are. These attributes can affect a person’s self-image and attitude but also how other people perceive them.
Eyelid Surgery, or Blepharoplasty, is one of the most common procedures performed by Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons. Eyelid surgery addresses the two primary components that add to an aged appearance.
- Excess, loose skin of upper and lower eyelids.
- The fat, which creates “bulges” and contributes to the puffiness of eyelids.
Fat is often seen as bulging bags prominent below the eye when considering the lower eyelids. The plastic surgeon should reduce both skin and fat in these situations.
In deciding what procedures are best for each situation, the upper and lower eyelids are evaluated together but considered separate units. Additionally, it is critical to consider the position of the brow. For women, the eyebrows are generally above the bony ridge above the eye. Men tolerate a slightly lower location, with the eyebrow located at the bony ridge.
If there is significant descent of the forehead/brow, simply removing eyelid skin will not be sufficient to obtain the ideal result. Dr. Clark will evaluate the entire upper face, forehead/brow, and upper and lower lids. If needed, a brow lift in conjunction with eyelid surgery may provide the optimal result. If the brow position is good, performing eyelid surgery alone will suffice.
Who is the Right Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
If you can check all the items on the list below, you would probably make a great candidate for this procedure!
- Loose skin of the upper eyelid is drooping over the lids.
- Excess skin and wrinkles in upper or lower lids.
- Persistent “bags” under the eyes, even when well-rested.
- Healthy individual.
- Realistic goals and expectations.
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