Eyelid Surgery

From Dr. William Palin

Blepharoplasty is the technical name for eyelid surgery. As some people age, the skin around the eyelids can end up drooping to the point that it vastly increases the person’s apparent age. It can also make people look unusually tired, in some circumstances, if the drooping is severe. While it is rare, some people actually do experience some impairment to their vision because of drooping around their eyelids.

Cosmetic surgery provides a solution to this. Eyelid surgery can lift up the eyelids, make them appear younger and can make even more drastic changes in appearance. Some people of Asian heritage lack a crease in the upper fold of their eyelid, and this surgery can provide that crease without at all creating the appearance that the person is trying to hide their ethnic heritage. It’s simply a cosmetic procedure designed to change the aesthetics of the face, just like any other.

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As people age, the eyelid skin stretches, muscles weaken, and fat accumulates around the eyes, causing “bags” above and below.
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The surgeon closes the incisions with fine sutures, which will leave nearly invisible scars.
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Before surgery, the surgeon marks the incision sites, following the natural lines and creases of the upper and lower eyelids.
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Underlying fat, along with excess skin and muscle, can be removed during the operation.
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In a transconjunctival blepharoplasty, a tiny incision is made inside the lower eyelid and fat is removed with fine forceps. No skin is removed, and the incision is closed with dissolving sutures.
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After surgery, the upper eyelids no longer droop and the skin under the eyes is smooth and firm.

When to Consider It

Some people who have drooping eyelids have no other features on their face that they really feel like correcting. Fortunately, eyelid surgery can be done as a stand-alone procedure to correct this problem specifically. It can also be done as part of other procedures that are designed to erase or lessen the signs of aging.

In cases where people are experiencing visual impairment because of drooping eyelids, eyelid surgery is far more than a cosmetic procedure. There’s no reason that such a simple thing should rob somebody of the full use of their vision, though it quite often does. With this procedure, Dr. Palin can not only correct a problem that may be actually limiting your vision, he can also achieve aesthetic improvements that may give you a much younger appearance and that may make you feel a great more confidence in yourself overall.

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