Eyelid surgery…sounds painful, right? Fortunately, eyelid surgery has progressed to the point where it can be performed quickly and painlessly. In almost all cases, it’s an outpatient procedure. There is recovery time to be endured, and pain meds to help you through the journey. But all things considered, eyelid surgery is one of the plastic surgery options that gives the best results for the least amount of pain and/or money. There are a few different kinds of common eyelid surgeries, each of which we will highlight here. If you want to know more about eyelid surgeries, check out this complete eyelid surgery guide. If you want to organize a procedure that fits your exact needs, talk to your doctor, or get a referral to a qualified surgeon specializing in the procedure you desire.
Your eyelids are a miracle of complexity. Comprising dozens of ligaments, tissues, muscles – all within a millimeter of skin or less – your eyelids have an incredible amount of strength, function, and power. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t certain problems which can go wrong. For one thing, age tends to make eyelids sag. The upper eyelids collect fat and the skin loosens and sags. This tends to make people look older, but it can actually reduce a person’s field of vision! The eyelids beneath the eyes can have the same problems, forming unsightly bags of fat and loosened skin.
The other main reason that people get eyelid surgery is because of Monolids. Monolids are generally seen in people of Asian descent. Most people have a crease at the top of the upper eyelids, but this is not present in people with Monolids. Some people don’t think their Monolids are attractive, so Monolid surgery is sometimes a cosmetic surgery. In other cases, however, not having a crease in the upper eyelid actually reduces a person’s field of vision. Monolid surgery allows the eyelids to open wider, giving the patient a wider view of the world.
If you want to know more about the possibilities available for you for eyelid surgery, you will want to talk with your doctor or plastic surgeon about Blepharoplasty (fancy word for eyelid surgery). Upper blepharoplasty and lower blepharoplasty are the options most people will be investigating, though people with monolids might be interested in monolid surgery.
Some people might get one of these surgeries just to deal with crow’s feet and other wrinkles. Because these surgeries have gotten faster, more efficient, and more affordable, this is a great option for these patients. Eyelid surgery can provide more natural results than injectable cosmetics like Botox, without limiting mobility or adding rigidity to the final appearance of the skin.
If you are considering getting one of these surgeries, make sure you carve out enough time for recovery. Full recovery takes some weeks, and you won’t see the final appearance of your eyelids until the swelling has gone down. But given time, and the work of a good surgeon, you will be thrilled with your results.