Many people think that undergoing surgery to improve the appearance of their eyelids is purely for aesthetic purposes. Indeed, it is a common procedure to enhance the eyelids, but such surgical procedure does more than that. Blepharoplasty, as it is referred to in the medical jargon, has a number of benefits, and it can serve as a preventive measure against eyelid issues that may occur due ageing.
Blepharoplasty is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that is done to improve not just the appearance, but also the function of the eyelids. This procedure not only provides one with better-looking eyes that need little makeup enhancement, but also improved vision and even protection against entities that may enter and harm the eyes.
Preventing the formation of loose eyelid folds
As we age, our skin begins to sag and become loose, and the eyelids are not excused to this risk. The loosening of the skin on the eyelids leads to the formation of folds and creases that not only make the eyes look older, but also impair one’s vision.
By means of surgery, the natural contour of the upper eyelid is kept intact, and the onset of the folds is significantly reduced, allowing the person to enjoy normal eyesight.
Removing eye bags
Eye bags are usually caused by living an unhealthy lifestyle, such as smoking, drinking, and having not enough sleep. Dark circles and baggy skin usually develop under the eyes, and they put a toll not only on the appearance of the person; eye bags can also be permanent when not treated immediately.
An eyelid surgery can help remove the eye bags, especially when these can no longer be addressed by non-surgical measures and are already present for a long period of time.
The same procedure is done on people with puffy eyes. Puffy eyes can be congenital or acquired as a result of poor lifestyle choices, and these can be hard to remove as well. By means of a blepharoplasty, the puffiness in the eyes can be reduced drastically and prevented from forming again.
Removing excess skin and fine wrinkles
The presence of fine wrinkles not only makes one look older, but it as well leads the person to exert more effort in keeping the eyes open. This can be more tiresome as the person ages, but it can be prevented when the excess skin and fine wrinkles are corrected.
Through an eyelid surgery, the excess skin that causes fine wrinkles are removed, allowing the muscles in the eyelids to relax and exert less energy when opening and closing the eyes.
Who can undergo blepharoplasty?
In general, everyone may undergo blepharoplasty, either for aesthetic for medical purposes. The best candidates for eyelid surgery are:
- Individuals with no current life-threatening illnesses or medical conditions that may hamper the healing process of the surgery
- Individuals with no serious eye problems
- Persons with an open mind for eyelid surgery
Eligibility for eyelid surgery is determined by an attending physician first to ensure that the person who wants to undergo blepharoplasty is medically fit and not at risk to complications that may arise during and after surgery.
Aftercare treatment for blepharoplasty includes the application of cold compress and lubricating ointment, and in some cases the eyes may have to be loosely covered with gauze bandage. Persons who underwent the procedure are also given specific eye care instructions to help speed up recovery. During the recovery period, swelling, bruising, and irritation around the eyes may be experienced until the eyelids are completely healed.
Recovery from the surgery may take up to one week, and may have to be followed up with aftercare consultations with the attending doctor.