Eyelid Surgery or Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure to enhance the appearance of the eyelids that can be performed on the upper lids, lower lids or both. For improving appearance or correcting functional problems with your eyelids, this procedure can rejuvenate the area surrounding your eyes.
Eyelid surgery clinics offer plenty of options and solutions for patients, regardless of the reason as to why patients desire it. It is very important that you focus on finding an experienced surgeon while searching for eyelid surgery. This is a bit more challenging in terms of cost but finding a good surgeon will be much more important than catching a reasonable price for this procedure, as eyelid surgery is aimed directly at the eye, although it is not quite right to compare the procedures.
In this article, we have listed 7 main subjects that should be known about eyelid surgery. We hope it will be useful.
1. Eyelid Surgery Dates Back to Ancient Rome
Aulus Cornelius Celsus performed the first known eyelid surgery in the first century. His book, De Medicine, describes a procedure by which an incision is made into the skin in order to relax the eyelids. Celsus, whose studies have been preserved in our time which helps us to reach this ancient knowledge became one of the most influential experts on ancient medicine.
We don’t know exactly if the procedure was considered functional or aesthetic at the time but the technique was further developed nonetheless, and in 1818 Karl Ferdinand von Gräfe coined the term blepharoplasty when performed this procedure in order to correct deformities caused by cancer in the eyelids area.
2. Who Are the Candidates?
Good candidates for eyelid surgery usually have bags of fat under their eyes, lines, and wrinkles around the eyes region and loose skin. Most patients who opt for cosmetic eyelid surgery are around 35 or older – the skin around the eyes usually loses its elasticity around this age.
• Have good general health with no medical conditions that can affect healing,
• Not smoke,
• Not have any serious eye conditions,
• Have realistic expectations for the whole process are also the main requirements for the eyelid surgery.
3. There Are Three Types of Eyelid Surgery
Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty or transconjunctival eyelid surgery is usually performed when patients have small bags under their eyes. It is a type of lower eyelid surgery and has a less complication rate than the classic approach.
The incision in this procedure is created inside of the lower eyelid, meaning that there will be no visible scar at the end – this makes it quite popular among men and women over 40.
Upper eyelid surgery is usually performed in order to eliminate excess skin, muscle and fat tissue from the upper eyelid region. This type of eyelid surgery can repair the function of the eye or give a more rounded and open appearance aesthetically.
Double eyelid surgery is usually performed on Asian patients from all ages to create a wider, larger-looking eye. Some choose to have this procedure once they’re eighteen while others may wait a bit before opting for surgery. It’s also called East Asian Blepharoplasty.
4. East Asian Blepharoplasty Is A Thing
East-Asian blepharoplasty is also called double eyelid surgery. This is a popular cosmetic procedure in which the skin around the eye is reshaped in such a way that the upper eyelid will have a crease – hence the name double eyelid surgery. As approximately 50% of Asians do not have an upper eyelid crease, the double eyelid operation is the most common cosmetic procedure requested in Asia.
5. It’s Not Just for Women
Although women account for around 85% of all eyelid surgeries performed at any given time, men are starting to turn to blepharoplasty as well.
There are multiple reasons as to why it’s becoming more popular among men. Men are simply becoming more and more conscious of their look. Of course, some men may undergo eyelid surgery for reconstructive reasons, but some simply want to rejuvenate their eyes region and general facial appearance.
6. Scars Are Practically Invisible
Recent eyelid surgery techniques made it possible to enjoy the benefits of blepharoplasty surgery without any visible scars. Surgical scars are unnoticeable since the surgeon hide them in the eyelid creases.
The interior of the lower eyelid can also be used as an incision point – this procedure is called transconjunctival blepharoplasty. Excess fatty tissue can be removed through this incision without leaving a visible scar.
7. It can be performed in conjunction with other procedures
There are multiple benefits of combining plastic surgery procedures. Most patients combine their eyelid surgery with a brow lift procedure, facelift surgery, neck liposuction, laser resurfacing or filler injections procedures in order to achieve a better result which also lasts longer.
Also, in many cases, the upper eyelids are droopy, and upper eyelid surgery may be combined with a ptosis procedure.
This content is edited by Flymedi Medical Editors in April 2019.