Blepharoplasty is a type of surgical procedure that involves the removal or reshaping of excess skin, muscle, or fat from the eyelids. This procedure is commonly performed on the upper and lower eyelids, and can be done for cosmetic or functional reasons.
Cosmetic blepharoplasty is usually done to improve the appearance of the eyelids, reduce sagging or puffiness, and to make the eyes look more youthful and refreshed. Functional blepharoplasty, on the other hand, is done to correct medical conditions such as ptosis (drooping eyelids), which can interfere with vision.
Blepharoplasty can be performed in several cases, including:
- Excess skin and fat on the upper eyelids: As we age, the skin on our upper eyelids can become lax and sag, making the eyes look tired and aged. Blepharoplasty can remove excess skin and fat to give the eyes a more youthful appearance.
- Puffy bags under the eyes: The lower eyelids can also develop bags and puffiness due to aging or genetics. Blepharoplasty can remove the excess fat and skin, and tighten the muscles to create a smoother, more refreshed look.
- Vision problems: In some cases, sagging skin on the upper eyelids can obstruct vision. Functional blepharoplasty can remove the excess skin, restoring clear vision.
- Ptosis: Drooping of the upper eyelid can occur due to aging, injury or neurological disorders. Blepharoplasty can lift the affected eyelid, improving vision and appearance.
- Congenital defects: Some people are born with eyelid malformations that can cause vision problems or affect appearance. Blepharoplasty can correct these defects to improve vision and appearance.