Eyelid Surgery is also known as Lid surgery or Blepharoplasty. Some of the first signs of normal ageing are appearance of wrinkles, changes in the facial skin, fullness of the eyelid skin and downward shifting of the brow. Eyelid Surgery is a surgical procedure or a type of cosmetic surgery which is performed to remove excess skin from the upper eyelid and the fatty pockets which appear under the eyes. This is a cosmetic surgery procedure which involves the eyelid structure and the surrounding soft tissue only. Eyelid surgery is not related in any way to the muscles or organs of the eye itself.
Aim of eyelid surgery is to improve the appearance of the individual
Blepharoplasty is often performed in conjunction with other types of facial rejuvenation surgery such as facelift and brow lift. The main aim of this surgery like all other cosmetic surgeries is to improve the overall looks of the individual and to create a more youthful appearance. Eyelid surgery is also performed in order to correct the droopy eyelids. Eyelid surgery is one of the most popular forms of cosmetic surgery as this procedure rarely needs to be repeated as the patient continues to age.
Eyelid Surgery Procedure
The first visible signs of ageing are the appearance of wrinkles and baggy eyelids. Baggy eyelids occur due to the fullness of the eyelid skin. The fullness in the eyelids leads to wrinkling and sagging of the eyelid skin. These changes are more visible in the lower eyelids as well as the inner corners of the upper eyelids. The tendency for baggy eyelids is often considered as hereditary. In some people these changes may often become evident from an early age. In a majority of cases, however, the fullness of the eyelids occurs due to the increasing age and is one of the common signs of ageing. People often start to notice the baggy appearance of the eyes and the fullness of the eyelids, or the sagging of the eyelids in their mid thirties. As the person continues to grow older, these signs of ageing become more apparent.
The surgical procedure itself takes about one to two hours. The person undergoing eyelid surgery can choose to have only one set of eyelids operated upon, or both the upper and the lower eyelids. Normally this surgical procedure is performed under local anesthesia. The operating surgeon makes a very fine incision on the targeted area. During the surgical procedure, the excess skin and any overstretched muscle fibres around the eyelids are removed. The operating surgeon also removes the protruding fatty tissue which causes the sagging of the eyelid skin.
Complications of eyelid surgery
Complications of eyelid surgery are very rare. But it may lead to scarring of the eyelids and excessive bleeding. There may be a risk of infection in some cases. But usually the incision heals very well and there are no scars afterwards. Great care is taken by the operating surgeon to avoid the excessive bleeding and the risk of infection.
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