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5 Surprising Myths and Facts about Eyelid Surgery

Although blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is a common facial plastic surgery, you may have a difficult time sifting through the myths and facts surrounding this procedure. If eyelid surgery is something that you’re interested in learning more about, separating fact from fiction can come in handy.

Myth: You Need to Have Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty to See Results

There are two different types of eyelid surgery: upper and lower. However, contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to have both done in order to see dramatic results from eyelid surgery. In fact, lower blepharoplasty comes with increased risks that generally outweigh the benefits, plus a prolonged healing period.

Fact: Eyelid Surgery Could Be Covered by Your Insurance

One of the most common reasons to get eyelid surgery is to remove loose or excess skin and fatty deposits that cause a drooping upper eyelid. In many cases, this is not just a cosmetic concern, but also a hindrance to your vision. If deemed medically necessary in order to correct your vision, your eyelid surgery may be covered by your insurance.

Myth: Blepharoplasty Always Leaves Noticeable Scars

While blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that requires incisions in order to remove and tighten excess skin, a skilled plastic surgeon can typically hide any scarring very well. By carefully placing the incisions along the natural crease of your eyelid, your plastic surgeon can minimize eyelid surgery scars’ visibility for a smooth, seamless final result.

Expect to experience some swelling and bruising for the first few days after eyelid surgery, but you can decrease these side effects by closely following your plastic surgeon’s aftercare instructions.

Fact: Eyelid Surgery Is One of the Most Popular Procedures for Men

Eyelid surgery is popular among both men and women, but has consistently ranked as one of the top plastic surgery procedures for men over the past several years. One possible reason for this is that many men suffer from baggy, drooping upper eyelids that can make them look and feel much older and even more tired than they actually are.

Another possibility is that many men simply want to look like a refreshed and revitalized version of themselves without looking like they’ve had anything “done.” Since eyelid surgery can create very natural-looking results with incisions that are easily camouflaged, this procedure tends to be quite popular among men who want to look and feel younger and more energized.

Myth: Eyelid Surgery Will Get Rid of Crow’s Feet

Although blepharoplasty can help men and women to look younger, more alert and refreshed, this procedure alone is not the most effective option for diminishing crow’s feet. Fine lines and wrinkles in the eye area are caused by repetitive movements and facial expressions that we make nearly constantly. Over time, these lines and wrinkles become permanent fixtures on our skin, leading to the appearance of crow’s feet at the corners of your eyes.

The main goal of eyelid surgery is to address excess or sagging skin in the eyelid area that’s causing a drooping appearance or impaired fields of vision, rather than removing lines and wrinkles. In some cases, however, eyelid surgery can be combined with nonsurgical treatments such as BOTOX® to improve the look of crow’s feet and drooping eyelids.

 

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5 Surprising Myths and Facts about Eyelid Surgery
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5 Surprising Myths and Facts about Eyelid Surgery
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Looking for some interesting eyelid surgery facts? Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Rand of Bellevue, Washington shares his professional insights.
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