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Eyelid Surgery: Both Cosmetically & Functionally Beneficial

Blepharoplasty, more commonly known as eyelid surgery, can restore a youthful appearance to an aging eye. While eyelid surgery is often performed for cosmetic reasons, many fail to recognize the number of practical, non-aesthetic benefits that this procedure can offer.

Cosmetic Rejuvenation

Once smooth and taut, with time, the eyelid area ages. For most, this manifests as the surrounding tissue stretches, fat bulges, and muscles weaken. Performed to meet your individual needs, eyelid surgery removes hanging skin, tightens folds, and, when needed, removes or repositions fat surrounding fat. Aesthetically, eyelid surgery addresses:

  • Appearance of excess, loose, or sagging eyelid skin
  • Appearance of undereye puffiness
  • Appearance of fine lines and wrinkles that have developed due to stretched skin

A restorative procedure, blepharoplasty reestablishes the eye’s natural contour. As such, eyelid surgery does not address troublesome cosmetic ailments such as crow’s feet and dark, undereye circles.

Physical Restoration

Functionally, the years can also take a toll on the eyes. Signs of exhaustion, stress, and even dehydration can all wear evident. Non-aesthetically, eyelid surgery addresses:

  • Restores field of vision which can be severely limited by drooping upper eyelids
  • Refreshes the appearance of tired, sleepy, or sad eyes

Over time, the muscles around the eyes have a tendency to weaken. Responsible for supporting the upper eyelid, the Levator muscle ages much like any other muscle does. No longer able to support the upper eyelid, the lid, skin, and surrounding tissues are droopy—obstructing the eye and often impairing one’s vision. Peripheral vision is especially affected. By removing excess tissues and tightening muscle, post-surgery, one is able to see better—making it safer to drive and easier to complete other daily tasks that require attentiveness.

Many patients also come to us at UNC Burn Reconstruction & Aesthetic Center frustrated as their eyes constantly feel heavy. Siting excessive weight of the upper lid, patients often feel they look ever-tired, drowsy, or depressed. A heavy lid can also cause irritation and make the eyes continuously tear. Blepharoplasty eliminates the extra weight, helping patients to not only look—but also, feel—wide-eyed and awake.

With years of experience, our surgeons are able to thoroughly assess your individual needs—creating a procedure to best address both your goals and needs. Are you ready to restore the appearance, feel, and function of your eyes? Please schedule a consultation with one of our expert surgeons to learn more about your eyelid surgery options.

 

 

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