An eyelid lift also called a blepharoplasty, offers up both cosmetic and functional benefits. Understanding how this procedure can benefit you is the first step in deciding whether or not you’d like to pursue surgical correction of your eyelids.
Eyelid Lifts for Cosmetic Reasons
As we age, the delicate skin around our eyes grows thinner and less elastic. This leads to wrinkles, puffiness and sagging skin, which can make us look tired and old beyond our years.
Removing some of the excess tissue on the upper eyelids will make you appear more rested and youthful, in addition to boosting your self-esteem and confidence.
Eyelid Lifts for Medical Reasons
Some patients develop so much excess tissue that the eyes appear ‘lazy’ and the heavy lids begin to obstruct vision. This can be devastating to a patient’s independence and ability to live and work as an autonomous adult. The same process of eliminating the excess skin can open the eyes up fully and restore unimpeded vision.
Is an Eyelid Lift Right for You?
Some patients are advised to seek a blepharoplasty by their optometrist to avoid vision obstruction while others have no vision problems but simply don’t like the way the skin around their eyes is aging. No matter why you’re considering this procedure, the questions you must ask yourself remain the same.
You’ll need to be healthy enough to withstand general anesthesia. Those with allergies to anesthetics or a history of bad reactions to them may not be good candidates.
If you take blood-thinners, have a clotting disorder or your immune system is compromised, you may not be an eligible candidate for surgery right now. With all of that said, the vast majority of generally healthy people have no problems tolerating the procedure or healing from it afterward.
What Are the Risks?
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated. You may experience bruising or tenderness. Following the surgeon’s instructions after surgery will help you have a successful recovery period.
An eyelid lift can help you with cosmetic or vision issues, depending on your needs and goals. By understanding both the risks and rewards of the surgery, you can make the best decision for yourself and your future health.
Contact Southeastern Dermatology today to schedule a consultation if you have additional questions about eyelid lifts. We’ll be happy to address your concerns and advise you on your options.