Blepharoplasty is a popular plastic surgery procedure that helps you feel like yourself again. The technique can be performed on the upper or lower eyelids, is performed on an outpatient basis (you go home afterward), and is often the only procedure people have to maintain their sense of confidence and satisfaction with their appearance. If you’ve grown dissatisfied with how your eyes look because of sagging, puffy, heavy eyelids, you may be interested to know what blepharoplasty is all about. Here, we answer three common questions.
- Is blepharoplasty just for cosmetic improvement?
We could say yes and no to this question. Yes, blepharoplasty is often performed to improve the appearance of the eyes and face. An additional benefit of having this procedure is that you feel more like yourself again, and that can boost your self-confidence. That certainly isn’t just a cosmetic improvement! Furthermore, there are instances in which blepharoplasty is medically necessary. If the skin is sagging over the eyelashes or is pulling away from the eyeball, surgical repair is necessary to protect the ocular structure.
- Will it be obvious that I had eyelid rejuvenation surgery?
Most people who express an interest in plastic surgery want to have their cake and eat it, too. They want to correct cosmetic concerns and still look like themselves. Fortunately, this is entirely possible! After blepharoplasty, you should hear things like “you look so refreshed!”, not “Oh, you’ve had work done!” Dr. Fante takes care to tighten tissue just enough to correct sagging or puffiness while preserving the patient’s ability to close their eyes fully and look naturally refreshed.
- Will blepharoplasty get rid of crow’s feet?
One of the fastest ways to feel dissatisfied after plastic surgery is to misunderstand what it can do. Blepharoplasty is a procedure that smoothes loose, sagging tissue on the upper or lower eyelids. It can correct redundancy on the upper eyelid and puffiness below the eyes. It does not correct crow’s feet. The reason why is that the creases that develop at the outer corners of the eyes actually stems from a drooping brow line. The tissue across the forehead sags, causing it to bunch up at the corners of the eyes. This problem can also make the upper eyelids look heavy because the muscle that holds the brow line is pulling downward. While not correctable with blepharoplasty, these problems can be resolved with either Botox injections or a brow lift.