Eyelid surgery, though not in the news nearly as much as some other plastic surgical procedures, has been and continues to be immensely popular in the United States. Last year it ranked as the third most popular among all cosmetic surgeries, with well over 200,000 people opting for the procedure. This was an increase of about 6% from the prior year. But the popularity of blepharoplasty (the medical term for eyelid surgery) is nothing new. In fact, it has been among the top five surgical procedures going back to at least the year 2000.
If you have loose, sagging skin on your upper eyelid, “bags” under your eyes, drooping lower lids, fine lines and wrinkles on your lower lid, or similar conditions, eyelid surgery might be the solution for you. If you are bothered by one or more of these, and provided that your goals are realistic, then blepharoplasty can make a big difference in the way you look, how youthful you appear, and how you feel about yourself. As with most surgery, candidates should also be healthy, have no life threatening illnesses or medical conditions that could affect the healing process, be non-smokers, and have a realistic outlook on the results they are trying to achieve.
If you believe eyelid surgery is right for you, speak to your cosmetic surgeon about whether the procedure is right for you. One of the important aspects of your consultation and examination is to pinpoint the cause of the particular condition you would like to address. Remember, your eyes are part of a larger picture, that is, your entire face; and a drooping upper lid, for example, may be due, at least in part, to relaxation of the skin on your forehead and your eyebrow. This condition could also be caused by the stretching of a particular muscle in your upper eyelid. Your doctor will be able to determine whether eyelid surgery will accomplish your goals.
During your consultation, you should also discuss any risks associated with the procedure, preparation for surgery, and what you should expect in terms of the recovery process. If you are full informed, and if your goals are realistic, eyelid surgery can have significant impact on your appearance. No wonder it’s been among the most popular cosmetic procedures for well over a decade!