Eyelid surgery is also called blepharoplasty or an eyelid lift. The procedure alters the appearance and shape of the lower eyelid, upper eyelid or both eyelids. Excess tissue and skin is removed from the eyelid area during surgery. The underlying eyelids are supported, smoothed and adjusted to improve eye bags, puffiness and droopiness. The aging process results in a loss of skin elasticity. Environmental factors such as pollution, wind and sun impact the face more than the rest of the body. This often results in signs of aging.
The skin surrounding the eyes is delicate, thin and shows aging. As elasticity is lost, the skin stretches. This skin pools below and above the eyes due to gravity. This creates droopy or hooded eyelids on the upper eyelids. Too much sagging can impair vision. There is a different effect on the lower eyelid. Small deposits of fat beneath the eyes are meant to provide a cushion for the eye socket. When elasticity is lost, bulges beneath the eyes are common. This is called under-eye bags.
In general, eyelid surgery is typically recommended for individuals above 35. This is when signs of aging usually appear in the eyelids. The surgery can be performed at a younger age due to a family history of severe bags or droopy eyelids. Prior to having the procedure, the structure of the face and eyes are examined so the proper recommendations can be made. It is also important to have reasonable expectations regarding the procedure and the results.
The exact specifics of the procedure ultimately depend on the severity and nature of the issue with the eyelids being addressed and if the procedure is being performed on the lower, upper or both eyelids. The surgeon explains the procedure and outlines the details prior to the operation to ensure the individual is properly prepared. This procedure is designed to be long-lasting, but in some cases, it may be repeated as time passes. This is because the eyelids continue aging after the procedure has been completed. Over time, the effects of the surgery may gradually decrease.
If you are interested in the benefits of eyelid surgery, please reach out to REAL Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery so a personal consultation can be scheduled at our office in Moonee Ponds or Werribee Victoria. Contact us today to book your appointment in the Melbourne area.