Blepharoplasty: What It Can and Cannot Do

If you have explored the many valuable aspects of aesthetic medicine at all, you may be aware that expectations are everything. Unfortunately, due to the prevalence of cosmetic surgeries and noninvasive procedures like Botox, many people have unrealistic expectations of what is possible with a treatment they may be considering. Blepharoplasty is an extremely common eyelid surgery that Dr. Murrell performs for patients in the Amarillo area. Here, we discuss what this beneficial procedure can and cannot do.

What is Blepharoplasty?

Eyelid surgery may be performed to improve the cosmetic appearance of the upper or lower eyelids. There is also sometimes a need for functional blepharoplasty. Though the surgical technique is the same for both cosmetic and functional procedures, the intent is different. Functional blepharoplasty is a necessity when eyelid tissue falls into the field of vision, making it difficult to see.

What Blepharoplasty Can Do

The typical objective of blepharoplasty is to rejuvenate the eyes. This is achieved by trimming excess sagging tissue from the upper or lower lids. In smoothing the eyelids, blepharoplasty can get rid of puffiness and undereye bags and hooding on the upper eyelids. Without excess skin and fatty deposits, the eyes look more open and energetic. Some say that getting eyelid surgery refreshes the entire face.

What Blepharoplasty Cannot Do

Upper or lower eyelid surgery can make the eyes appear younger by reducing puffiness and loose skin. However, these are not issues that affect every person. What blepharoplasty cannot fix is:

  • This eyelid condition is not necessarily related to aging like sagging skin is. Ptosis is a problem that occurs when the levator muscle that operates the upper eyelid is weak or malformed. Without proper support from this muscle, the eyelid (usually of one eye only) droops. To correct this problem, the levator muscle must be repaired.
  • Dark circles. Darkening of the skin around the eyes may occur for several reasons. While blepharoplasty may slightly improve skin pigment by smoothing the tissue under the eyes, it typically does not entirely correct dark circles. In some instances, dermal filler treatment may provide subtle improvement.

There are numerous benefits to blepharoplasty, but it is critical to consult with a board-certified surgeon who has direct training and familiarity with the eyes and their surrounding structures. To schedule a consultation with Amarillo oculoplastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Murrell, call (806) 351-1177.

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