Blepharoplasty, or “eyelid lift”, is growing vastly in popularity. Among the most popular cosmetic procedures in other nations, it continues to gain prevalence in the states. However, many patients find difficulty in determining if eyelid surgery is the right answer for them. Will it provide the desired results? Would another option such as a brow lift or even Botox better address their concerns? While it should all come down to individual preference and guidance of a skilled surgeon, there are some situations in which blepharoplasty is the clear frontrunner. You should likely lean toward this option if you are concerned about any of the following:
Drooping Eyelids – Upper eyelids sometimes droop to the point of being not only aesthetically unappealing, but they may also lead to vision troubles. Loose skin, muscle weakness, or nerve damage can cause drooping, and unfortunately, surgery is typically required to reverse the condition. In such a case blepharoplasty, sometimes combined with a muscle tightening procedure, may be needed to improve vision and restore a natural look..
Sagging Eyelids – Whereas a drooping eyelid refers to an upper lid which hangs too low, sagging eyelids occur with the natural loss of skin elasticity as we age. This condition is often accompanied by other common signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles. While a brow lift may somewhat smooth skin, patients often end up with a different, but not necessarily more youthful, appearance. Blepharoplasty, on the other hand, can usually address all of these concerns in a single procedure.
Creation of a Double Eyelid – Blepharoplasty is by far the most popular cosmetic procedure in many Asian countries where the western “double eyelid” is considered more desirable by some. With this look naturally occurring in only a very small percentage of Asian populations, blepharoplasty is the only permanent option to achieve the look.