Blepharoplasty is basically a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure which addresses drooping, wrinkling tissue around the eyes. It may be done on both the lower or upper eyelids or both. It is sometimes referred to as an eyelid tuck or an eyelid procedure, and it is often accompanied by some of the other procedures mentioned below. Blepharoplasty may also be done to remove excessive fat from around the eyes, or to adjust bags, under-eye circles, drooping, or wrinkled skin.
One of the most common, if not the most popular reasons people opt to have blepharoplasty done is because of sagging or drooping skin around the eyes. Age is certainly one of the primary reasons for this problem. People who are aging quickly or have been hit with some kind of injury, such as a blow to the head, are more susceptible to sagging around their eyes. When there is too much skin on the sides of the eyes, an experienced plastic surgeon can remove extra skin to restore the natural look.
The removal of excess skin around the eyes is sometimes done for cosmetic reasons. If you want to draw attention to something you are trying to hide, such as a baggy sweater or a big pimple or scar, then having the excess skin removed can make it appear a bit more attractive. If you have excessive facial hair, then this can also create the appearance that you are not taking care of yourself properly. Having excess facial skin around the eyes may also cause the eyes to sag or droop, as more skin is exposed.
Another common reason that liposuction is used in an eye lift is because of fat. Fat tends to accumulate around the eyes over time, and while some skin may have become loose in this area, the muscles and tissues may not be quite ready to accept the fat. Sometimes, surgery is recommended break up the fats and reshape and smooth the area. If you have a large amount of fat stored around the eyes, then the surgeon will also use liposuction to remove this fat and replace it with saline solution.
This is often the case when the eyes themselves are too heavy and the patient does not have the ability to gain weight and have their eyes rerouted surgically to allow more fat to be able to be added to the area. If the extra skin and fat are too much for the patient to lose and move into the area, then surgery is used to take it away from underneath and the surrounding skin to bring the eyes back into a more balanced and youthful state.
In some cases, your eyes need to be repositioned to help correct the problem of drooping. If the excess skin is too thick around your eyes and the area is too tight or chapped, surgery is needed to take the excess skin off and give the eyes some breathing room. The eyelids may be moved to allow them to open wider, allowing more room and for more oxygen to flow.