Candidates for Blepharoplasty: Eyelid Surgery May Be for You

By Sheryl Pilcher on March 02, 2018

Pinching the skin near the eyeThere are plenty of facial plastic surgery options to choose from at our San Antonio, TX practice. If you have issues with the eye area, blepharoplasty (cosmetic eyelid surgery) may be the most ideal option to consider. The surgery helps address cosmetic flaws of the upper and lower eyelids with excellent overall results.

Let’s take a moment to consider who is a good candidate for blepharoplasty. This can help you determine if the surgery is the right one for your aesthetic goals.

General Candidacy for Surgery

Ideal candidates for cosmetic eyelid surgery are people in good overall health who do not suffer from any sort of medical problems or conditions that would make a surgical procedure a risk to wellness. It’s important that patient health or vision not be put at risk by the relatively minor surgery.

Loose and Drooping Upper Eyelids

Cosmetic eyelid surgery can address problems with the upper eyelids if they droop, sag, cause domestic issues, or impair vision in some fashion. The surgery is not designed to address the drooping of the forehead over the eyelids. In those cases, a brow lift would be more ideal.

Bags and Hollows Under the Eyes

Cosmetic eyelid surgery can also target the lower eyelids if there is an issue with bags, hollows, or puffiness. If a patient suffers from problems with sagging cheeks or other issues not related to the lower eyelids, targeted facial lifts will typically be more ideal.

Reversing Signs of Aging

Cosmetic eyelid surgery is an excellent way to reverse signs of premature aging that are linked to drooping or sagging eyelids. Just undergoing blepharoplasty can leave a patient looking years younger and far more energetic. The surgery is subtle as well, which means the results will look excellent and quite natural.

Improving Vision Quality

Drooping upper eyelids can block out part of your visual field. Severe sagging of the upper eyelid can make it difficult to see properly and perform normal tasks. Cosmetic eyelid surgery can reduce the sagging and restore vision in the process. In these cases the surgery could be deemed medically necessary rather than elective.

Ethnic Eyelid Surgery

People from certain ethnic backgrounds (particularly individuals of Asian descent) may lack the natural fold in the upper eyelid. Cosmetic eyelid surgery can be performed to add the upper eyelid fold, and in the process enhance the appearance of the eyes.

Knowing the Risks and Benefits

Prior to any kind of surgery, it’s important that patients understand the risks and benefits that are involved. This tends to help patients with the pre-op preparation process as well as post-op recovery. It’s never a bad idea to have a good idea of what will happen.

Realistic Expectations About Surgery

As with any kind of cosmetic procedure, it’s important that patients have realistic expectations about what cosmetic eyelid surgery can achieve. This includes information on pricing, post-surgical scars, and so forth. Having realistic expectations can lead to greater overall patient satisfaction.

Learn More About Blepharoplasty

If you would like to learn more about rejuvenating your appearance and looking your very best, be sure to contact a skilled cosmetic plastic surgeon. We look forward to meeting you in person and going over all of these surgical options in more detail.

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