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Eyelid Surgery: 4 Functional and Cosmetic Benefits

Blepharoplasty – which is known as eyelid surgery – is one of the most common cosmetic procedures in Australia. It is used to help treat and reverse drooping, sagging eyelids and remove pockets of fat around the eyes. And ultimately, the surgery can help patients look younger and wipe away the tired look droopy eyelids can cause.

So why does the skin and fat around the eyes begin to droop? Unfortunately, sagging skin is a natural consequence of aging and heredity. Over time, particularly in our 30s and 40s, the skin around the eyes begins to lose its elasticity, and as this happens, the eyelids can begin to droop, bags can form under the eyes, and wrinkles can develop at the corners of the eyes. But appearance is just one consequence of sagging eyelids; many people also notice that the eyelids feel heavier, causing discomfort in the brow muscles and in severe cases this may affect peripheral vision.

Patients who undergo eyelid surgery are often very happy with the results. Here are a few of benefits that patients may experience:

 

  • A Rejuvenated Look

 

For the majority of patients, eyelid surgery helps to refresh the entire face. People who have received the surgery look younger, experience improved self-confidence and take a renewed lease on life. The surgery also helps to accentuate the eyes and enhance the shape of the eye, by helping to reduce or correct puffiness, drooping and sagging lids, and crow’s feet.

 

  • Getting Rid of the Tired Look

 

Bags that develop under the eye can give off a tired, fatigued look. Reversing this is one of the most common reasons people opt for eyelid surgery. A lower eyelid surgery addresses the bags under the eyes by eliminating excess fat deposits, skin and tissue under the eyes.

 

  • Improved Vision

 

Some patients begin to experience problems with vision caused by drooping upper eyelids. Surgery to the upper eyelid, in turn, can help correct this problem. During the surgery, deposits of extra fat, skin and tissue around the eyelid are removed, which typically are a root cause of droopiness. As a result, many patients experience greater comfort in the face and have an improved line of vision.

 

  • Reducing Wrinkles Around the Eyes

 

Although the surgery is primarily prescribed to address droopiness or sagging, the surgery can also treat wrinkles around the eyes. For example, a combined upper and lower eyelid surgery can help reverse wrinkles around the corner of the eyes, or crow’s feet. This is another common reason patients undergo the surgery.

It’s clear that eyelid surgery has many benefits – from a younger, more youthful appearance, to improved vision. If you’re considering this type of surgery, it’s important to consult a plastic surgeon to learn how this cosmetic procedure can benefit you.

Dr. Michael Zacharia is a highly trained Sydney-based plastic surgeon, specialising in facial and eyelid plastic surgery. If you’d like to learn more about eyelid surgery, contact Dr. Zacharia today. Call (02) 9192 1600.