Pros and Cons of Blepharoplasty

blepharoplasty picture - LocateADoc.comThe eyes are a sensitive area where our emotions are communicated to the world. When having a conversation with anyone they look directly into your eyes. When this area begins to change with age, it can create a feeling of discontent among many.

Mayli Davis, M.D.“The natural process of aging often causes both upper and lower eyelid skin to stretch as muscle tone weakens. Eyebrows may also appear droopy, as well. And, in some cases, droopy eyelids may even interfere with vision or lead to brow/eyelid strain. Thus, natural aging can give you the appearance of being tired, sleepy or pre-maturely aged,” Colleyville, TX, cosmetic surgeon Mayli Davis, M.D. said.

Luckily there is blepharoplasty, or eyelid lifts, a form of cosmetic surgery to correct some of the signs of aging around the eyes. This surgery can correct both the lower and upper eyelids to create a youthful and refreshed look by decreasing droopiness of the eyelids.

Are You a Good Candidate for Blepharoplasty?

As long as you are in good health with realistic physical expectations of this procedure, you are a good candidate for this procedure. Most patients who go in for Blepharoplasty are 35 years old or above, but there are some candidates where droopy eyes run in the family and they may opt for the surgery at an earlier age.

No matter what your age, this operation can enhance the appearance of your eyes to help build confidence. However, it is important to discuss specifically with your surgeon what you can realistically expect from this surgery.

Is Eyelid Surgery Permanent?

Unfortunately, this surgery does not permanently stop eyelids from drooping. It does last a length of five to seven years before it needs to be repeated. For the lower lid, you probably will never need to repeat the surgery.

If in the future you decide you want to treat the same problem of droopy eyelids you’ll need to discuss with a cosmetic surgeon. They usually recommend a forehead lift as the next step to treating eyelid droopiness after a patient has received blepharoplasty.

What Will I Need for an Eyelid Surgery

An eyelid surgery is relatively serious. You will need someone to drive you home after the procedure. You’ll also want someone around the night after to make sure you don’t have any complications arise. If you are considering going through with a blepharoplasty, consult with a professional cosmetic surgeon to get more details on price, recovery, etc.

To find more information on eyelid surgery, find a doctor in your area and get a consultation to learn more or ask a doctor your questions.


Further Reading

  • Cosmetic eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a popular procedure for men and women who have droopy eyelids and sagging skin around the eyes and upper facial area. This procedure involves the removal of excess fatty tissues around the eyes and a lifting of the upper lids to create a more youthful appearance.

  • Call it a sign of the times or a predictor of the future job market and economic outlook; overseas college graduates are doing their best to find employment in their home countries and abroad by undergoing a physical makeover.

  • Eyelid surgery accounted for over 5,700 cosmetic surgery procedures for men and women in 2007,and continues to be a popular procedure for baby boomers looking for an alternative to a full facelift.  However, a recent study suggests that the eyelid lift may not be the best way to improve your looks.