Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is often considered to be a cosmetic procedure; but it can become necessary due to some health issues. Let me first tell you that this surgery is performed on both eyelids – upper and lower. Procedures are a bit different in both the cases, but purpose is the same. Here I am going to tell you what I learned from Dr. Naveen Somia, who is a leading surgeon and performs eyelid surgery. You can visit his website to look for upper eyelid surgery in Sydney. Let’s see what he says.
Why Eyelid Surgery is Performed?
As I mentioned earlier and learned from Dr. Somia, eyelid surgery is not only performed for cosmetic purposes, but due to some health issues too.
When done for cosmetic purposes, it is done just to enhance the look of the eyes and not change its shape; so, you shouldn’t keep impractical expectations.
When done for health problems, it is done to remove or add some amount of fat and skin from the eye. When there is an excess amount of fat and skin in any of the eyelids, it becomes puffy and heavy, and sags, due to which not only the looks of the person change and s/he looks aged, but also the heavy eyelid may block vision. So, it becomes necessary to remove the extra fat and skin from the eyelid, for which an eyelid surgery is done.
Fat or skin may also be less sometimes than required and in that case, hollowness is seen around the eyes, and so, skin or fat should be added to the eyelid/s.
How is Eyelid Surgery Performed?
An eyelid surgery is performed usually by making external incisions along the natural lines (creases) in the skin of the eyelids, so that the creases can hide the surgical scars, particularly when done in the creases beneath the eyelashes of the lower eyelid.
Lower Eyelid Surgery (Lower Blepharoplasty)
The above-mentioned Dr. Somia performing upper and lower eyelid surgery in Sydney explains that lower eyelid surgery is started by the surgeon by making an incision beneath the lower eyelashes. The surgeon will take care that the incision remains hidden. Excessive skin, fat and muscles are taken out. The fat is reorganized sometimes so as to minimize uneven swelling and puffiness. If there is a problem of muscle laxity, it is also rectified during the surgery.
Transconjunctival procedure is a good option for patients with less prominent eye bags. It only involves removal of fat pockets without having to remove any skin. The technique involves incisions in the inner surface of the lower eyelid and therefore there is no visible scarring.
Upper Eyelid Surgery (Upper Blepharoplasty)
Upper blepharoplasty is performed to take out excessive fat and skin that result in puffed up, droopy eyelids. Because of the loose skin, fat deposits and droopy eyelids, eyes look tired and person looks aged; in such a case, upper eyelid surgery is a boon that reverses the effects of aging and gives the person refreshed, youthful looks.
The procedure is started by making incisions in the natural creases so as to hide the scars. Any excess skin that is blocking vision or giving a droopy and tired appearance is trimmed way. Sometimes even muscles are rearranged. The rest of the skin is elevated and reattached and a more youthful look is achieved.