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Do You Know the Various Things Eyelid Surgery Can Do?

Robert M. Kimmel, MD, FACS | Blepharoplasty

For years, it has been said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. What this really means is that we tend to perceive a person’s character based on the appearance of their eyes. If the eyes are heavy and hooded, the face may look tired or angry. If this is not truly how you feel, then your eyes aren’t true windows to your soul at all. To bring your truest self to light, you may have to address the age-related changes that have affected your eyes. We can do that with blepharoplasty.

Blepharoplasty is the cosmetic procedure that rejuvenates the eyes by correcting undesirable changes in the eyelids and superficial tissue. This surgery does what Botox and fillers alone cannot. It achieves permanent improvements with minimal downtime. Here are a few of the ways blepharoplasty can restore a more youthful look.

  • Lift drooping eyelids. The upper eyelids, in particular, can start to look very heavy and droopy with age. Drooping eyelids can create secondary problems on the forehead because we naturally lift our eyebrows when we feel the heaviness of the upper lids. Blepharoplasty carefully trims excess skin to recreate a smooth appearance.
  • Restore the eyelid crease. When upper eyelid skin thins out and becomes very weak and saggy, the natural crease in the lid disappears beneath the fold of tissue. The disappearance of the crease makes it difficult to highlight the eyes with makeup. It can also impede the ability to meticulously apply mascara. Tightening up the upper eyelid restores the crease and, along with it, the ability to wear makeup as desired.
  • Improve peripheral vision. Some people, when upper eyelid sagging becomes severe, lose a degree of their side-vision. This can happen when the muscles that lift the upper eyelids also weaken to a point where they can no longer lift sagging skin. In this instance, blepharoplasty also has functional value.
  • Eliminate puffiness. At the same time that the skin is thinning, the ligaments that hold fat pads in place are weakening. These two age-related changes often result in puffiness beneath the eyes. To correct this, blepharoplasty may rearrange fatty tissue before trimming excess skin to better hold fat pads.
  • Decrease tear trough grooves. At the upper cheek just below the lower eyelid are what we call tear troughs. These are curved lines that may spread from the inner eye to the outer eye. Tear trough lines may worsen as the ligament below the eyes weakens. By repositioning fat and addressing this ligament, a plastic surgeon can smooth the transition between the eyes and the upper cheek.

There are several reasons to consider eyelid rejuvenation surgery in comparison to injectable treatments. To learn more about the value of blepharoplasty, schedule a consultation in our Pottsville or Hazleton office.

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