Blepharoplasty - Is Eyelid Lift Surgery Right For You?

September 9, 2018

Eyelid lift surgery, technically called blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure where sagging eyelids are modified so they no longer sag. Caused by aging, or the accumulation of fat in the eyelids making them heavy and droopy, this type of eyelid surgery is becoming a little more common as people look for ways to improve their appearance.

There are medical reasons to get eyelid lift surgery as well, in order to keep eye and eyelid irritation down, so it should not be considered only a cosmetic surgery but in either case, the result is tighter, more youthful-looking eyelids that no longer roll, sag or cause any kind of discomfort.

Blepharoplasty - Is It For You?

The two main reasons why people get eyelid lift surgery are because they either have baggy lower eyelids and heavy, droopy upper eyelids and do not like the way it looks, or because they have droopy, heavy upper eyelids that hang over the upper eyelashes and affect peripheral vision or cause irritation.

In either case, the procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the eyelid area can improve the condition greatly, creating a much younger look as well as alleviating the problem of oversized lids hanging within the field of vision.

Whether or not this procedure is for you or not should depend first and foremost on whether your eyelids are affecting your field of vision or not, and then if not, whether you feel the expense and effort to reduce drooping lids is worth it.

For many people it is, and they end up much happier and more personally satisfied with their appearance, which can have a very positive effect overall on people. Therefore, it is probably safe to say that blepharoplasty surgery can end up having more lasting benefits than it may seem to the eye.

How Blepharoplasty Is Done

There are a number of different eyelid lift procedures that commonly done, depending on where the biggest trouble spots are, and whether the condition affects upper lids, lower lids or both:

Lower blepharoplasty is the most frequently performed eyelid procedure as it removes and reduces bags under the eyes, which is most common. This procedure can be done in a number of ways including transconjunctival blepharoplasty, where an incision is made on the interior of the eyelid and excess tissue and fat is removed, leaving no external, visible scar. Lower lid lift is also done via incision just below the lash line so excess skin can be removed as well.

blefaroplastica superiore is done to correct heavy, drooping eyelids and involves incisions made in the eyelid crease in order to remove excess skin, and the removal of fat and extra tissue in the lids. Occasionally a brow lift will be done in conjunction with eyelid surgery as well, especially if the brow is adding to the amount of droop occurring with the upper eyelids.

Laser blepharoplasty is the lower lid procedure done with a surgical laser instead of an actual scalpel. While there are many surgeons who prefer one or the other, currently there does not seem to be much of a difference in the end result, suggesting that there are no real benefits to having eyelid surgery done by laser if it is going to end up costing more, too.