What are the Benefits of Upper or Lower Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?

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Upper or lower eyelid surgery, known as blepharoplasty, is a functional or cosmetic facial surgical procedure which aims to improve the look of tired eyes by removing excess skin, fat and muscle. It is a low-risk procedure which can be performed on either the upper or lower eyelid area, offering a significant improvement in appearance and, often, an improvement to the field of vision.

Continue reading as we discuss several key benefits of undergoing a blepharoplasty procedure.

1. Look more youthful

A common reason why people seek to undergo blepharoplasty is to appear more youthful. As we age, our eyelid skin is often one of the first places where we notice the signs of ageing, as the skin’s elastic fibres are lost, and our collagen levels deplete. This leads to an increased sagginess and drooping of the skin, which can make us appear older than our years.

While this happens to everyone as part of the natural ageing process, some people may have a higher predisposition to saggy or droopy eyelids, which can cause problems early on and get worse as they get older. An upper blepharoplasty procedure, often combined with ptosis surgery, can be a highly effective way to treat the problem and leave a person looking fresher and younger.

2. Appear less tired

Appearing “tired” is a common reason why patients wish to undergo eyelid surgery, as the heaviness of the eyelids and the presence of eye bags typically leaves them with a run-down, exhausted appearance. Moreover, sagging eyelids can make the eyes appear partially closed, which of course adds to the tired, sleepy appearance.

After undergoing a blepharoplasty, patients are generally delighted with the outcome, with many commenting on how well-rested and refreshed they look compared to before.

3. Boost your confidence

If your appearance is making you feel self-conscious and you are generally rather unhappy with the way your eyes look, then undergoing eyelid surgery could be the solution. Many patients say that undergoing a blepharoplasty procedure was life-changing for them, feeling much happier and more confident afterwards.

4. A smoother forehead

For those whose upper eyelids are affecting their field of vision, they may often find themselves having to raise eyebrows to see better. The repeated forehead lifting action contributes to the development of deep lines and wrinkles, which of course makes us appear older.

After undergoing an upper eyelid blepharoplasty, you are removing that extra weight and no longer having to lift the brows to see, which can help reduce the development of wrinkles along with it!

5. Correct visual impairments

In some people, saggy upper eyelid skin can cause visual problems, as the skin can obstruct the visual field, making it difficult to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

Along with being a cosmetic procedure, blepharoplasty is also a functional one and is performed to help remove the obstruction and improve vision.

6. Long-term improvement

Unlike many other cosmetic procedures and anti-ageing products, a blepharoplasty procedure offers a long-lasting solution to tired eyes. As the results are long-term, most patients will not feel the need to come back in for a repeat procedure.

Of course, the ageing process will continue, and results will vary from person to person, but in most people, a well-performed blepharoplasty procedure should last between 10-15 years.

7. Minimal scarring

One major benefit of blepharoplasty is that the scarring is barely noticeable, especially when compared with some other facial cosmetic procedures. In both upper and lower eyelid surgery, the scarring is minimal, and incisions are carefully hidden in the skin’s natural folds and under the lash line.

There is typically only a small scar that extends out by a few millimetres into the “crow’s feet” area, but this is not a problem for most patients and other people generally do not even notice it. This allows you to decide whether you wish to tell anyone about your procedure or not.

8. Fewer misunderstandings

As our eyes are central to how other people read our expressions and engage with us, it can be frustrating to constantly be misunderstood because of our natural appearance. If your eyes are making you appear tired, angry, or upset when you are not actually feeling that way, this can cause lead to some rather awkward interactions.

Upper and lower eyelid surgery can help improve your facial expressions and, therefore, your social interactions, making you appear more friendly and approachable to others.

Thinking of undergoing eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery can improve your appearance, make you look younger and enhance your field of vision, all of which can lead to a happier, more confident you. Visit our gallery to view before and after blepharoplasty images from past patients.

Whatever your motivations are for wanting to undergo upper or lower eyelid surgery, it is vital to seek advice from a qualified oculoplastic surgeon. To book a consultation with Daniel Ezra, contact us on 020 7127 8184 or fill out the contact form.