surgery (technically called blepharoplasty)
is a procedure to remove fat - usually along with excess skin
and muscle - from the upper and lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery
can correct drooping upper lids and puffy bags below your eyes
- features that make you look older and more tired than you
feel, and may even interfere with your vision. However, it wont
remove crows feet or other wrinkles, eliminate dark circles
under your eyes, or lift sagging eyebrows. While it can add
an upper eyelid crease to Asian eyes, it will not erase evidence
of your ethnic or racial heritage. Blepharoplasty can be done
alone, or in conjunction with other facial surgery procedures
such as a facelift or browlift.
Blepharoplasty can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence,
but it wont necessarily change you looks to match your
ideal, or cause other people to treat you differently. Before
you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations
and discuss them with your surgeon.
The best candidates for eyelid surgery are men and women who
are physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic
in their expectations. Most are 35 or older, but if droopy,
baggy eyelids run in your family, you may decide to have eyelid
surgery at a younger age.
A few medical conditions make blepharoplasty more risky. They
include thyroid problems such as hypothyroidism and Graves
disease, dry eye or lack of sufficient tears, high blood pressure
or other circulatory disorders, cardiovascular disease, and
diabetes. A detached retina or glaucoma is also reason for caution;
check with your ophthalmologist before you have surgery.