Droopy eyelids can take away your youthful looks, and they are often caused by excess fat, muscle, and skin. As people age, their eyelids stretch, making the muscles that support the weak. This results in the excess fat collection above and below the eyelids leading to sagging eyebrows, eye bags, and droopy upper eyelids. Besides making you look more than your actual age, the sagging skin that develops around the eyes will reduce peripheral or side vision on both the upper and outer parts of your vision field.
Eyelid surgery – what should you expect from the surgery?
Eyelid surgery is known as blepharoplasty, and with this surgery, you not only arrest droopy eyelids but you can also mitigate problems in vision. The surgery will make your eyes look younger than your actual age and more alert. To determine whether this surgery is ideal for you or not, you first need to know about its risks and benefits before making the final choice.
You might need to consider this surgery if the sagging or the droopy eyelids keep the eyes from opening fully or pull down the lower eyelids. You need to remove excess tissue from the upper eyelids to improve your vision. Both upper and lower eyelid surgery makes you look younger.
This surgery is ideal for people that have-
- Droopy or baggy upper eyelids
- Excess skin of the upper eyelids that disrupts the peripheral or side vision
- Bags under their eyes
- Excess skin on the lower eyelids
One may team up the blepharoplasty with another surgical procedure like skin resurfacing, face-lift, or brow-lift.
When it comes to costs and insurance, the latter will depend if the surgery is done for repairing a health condition that impedes vision. If this surgery is done to improve your overall appearance, its costs will not be covered by any insurance policy. In most cases, lower eyelid surgery is done for cosmetic reasons mostly.
What are the risks of this surgery?
The following are the potential risks of eyelid surgery-
- Bleeding and infection
- Irritated and dry eyes
- Skin discoloration
- Noticeable scars
- Problems in closing eyes or associated problems of the eyelid
- The requirement for a follow-up surgery
- Blurred vision (temporary)
- Risks associated with general health like a reaction to blood clots or anesthesia
Your doctor will conduct a complete health check-up before conducting this surgery. Your medical history will also be considered to be safeguarded from the above risks to the best as possible. When it comes to your own expectations, you should discuss with your doctor to clarify any concerns or questions you might have about the surgery.
Before going in for eyelid surgery, you should talk to a good doctor and see how the above risks of the surgery apply to you in any way as you need to stay safe from them. You should understand the whole surgery preparation and procedure fully. At the same time, you must choose a good doctor with proven track records and good reviews in the field so that you get natural and safe results with success!