Eyelid surgery—also known as blepharoplasty—is often performed as an anti-aging surgery. However, the procedure is much more versatile than just contributing to a younger appearance. Blepharoplasty surgery is also considered one of the safest and least painful cosmetic surgeries. The procedure can also address the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both sets of eyelids. Here are 7 benefits of getting eyelid surgery.
#1: Younger Appearance
The primary reason patients seek out eyelid surgery is to look younger and reverse the signs of aging visible on the eyelids. For example, as skin loses elasticity and collagen production decreases, extra skin can collect above or below the eyes. Fat pads can also become displaced and cause the eyes to look heavy and aged.
Removing extra skin, repositioning fat pads, and restoring a youthful eyelid appearance can often affect the look of the entire face. It also complements a brow lift or other facial plastic surgery.
#2: Better Vision
Occasionally, extra skin on the upper eyelids or even the brows can droop down in front of the line of vision. The obstruction can range from mild to severe and patients may undergo blepharoplasty to remove the extra skin and tighten the skin. This corrects the vision obstruction and can vastly improve the quality of life.
In the case of improving vision, insurance will sometimes pay for eyelid surgery. This largely depends on the insurance company and plan, but if necessary to restore the full field of vision, it is possible to look into insurance.
#3: Hidden Scars
Modern blepharoplasty surgery involves hidden scars. Often, the incisions can be made on the underside of the eyelids, completely hiding any future scarring from view. If this is not possible, the incisions are hidden within the eye crease or lash line to keep them concealed. The skin on the eyelid is thinner than other areas of the body and because of this, the scarring often heals well and becomes difficult to see.
Keloids and hypertrophic are rare on the eyelids. However, if you are prone to them or concerned, your plastic surgeon can create a plan to minimize the risk of raised or dark scarring.
#4: Appear More Awake & Approachable
Sagging eyelids naturally make the eyes look smaller and distort the shape of the eye. As a consequence, you may look more tired or grumpy than you truly are. Even if you show positive emotion, the eyelids may not match this sentiment. When the excess skin and sagging are addressed, this can restore a brighter eye appearance. An eyelid lift surgery is the ideal procedure to achieve this.
#5: Repositions Fat
As previously mentioned, fat can become malpositioned during the aging process. Eyelid surgery can remove some of the fat and reposition it into its natural position. In some cases, fat may need to be added. This is more common when treating the lower eyelids where hollowing is common. Addressing the fat is not necessary during all eyelid lift surgeries.
#6: Improve Eye Wrinkles
Crow’s feet and other wrinkles that collect around the eyes can soften after an eyelid lift. This can happen due to the tightening of the muscles or skin, or simply from the removal of the extra skin that dragged down the eye appearance. Any remaining wrinkles, or wrinkles that appear with movement can be addressed with Botox injections.
Extra skin also causes wrinkles and thus removing it can automatically remove wrinkles from the eyelids. Dynamic wrinkles will likely persist, but may soften slightly.
#7: Boosted Confidence
Finally, undergoing a blepharoplasty can boost a patient’s confidence. Even though the eyelids are a small part of the body, addressing aging lids can have an effect on the entire face. Patients often report getting compliments, but others are not able to pinpoint the change. This benefit is shared among many facial plastic surgeries.
As one of the safest plastic surgeries, an eyelid lift offers patients the opportunity to look younger and refreshed and even improve vision. For most patients, the benefits outweigh the minimal risks of surgery. The procedure can also be performed under local anesthesia which further reduces the risks of surgery.
Dr. Jonov is a cosmetic surgeon who specializes in plastic surgeries of the face, breast, and body at Seattle Plastic Surgery.