Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that is used to lift and tighten the skin of the eyelids to prevent them from drooping or reverse drooping. It is frequently referred to as an eyelid lift. It may be done for cosmetic purposes in order to regain some of the youthfulness in the appearance. It can also be necessary medically if the eyelids are starting to sag to the point of interfering with your vision.
As you age, your skin will naturally loosen and begin to sag. This is what leads to the development of lines and wrinkles in parts of the face like the forehead, around the eyes and around the mouth. It also can cause the eyelids to droop. The upper eyelids can droop to the point of blocking the eyeball, and the lower ones can actually pull away from the eye, exposing more of the white part.
In addition to sagging skin, weaker muscles can also contribute to sagging eyelids. As you age, the muscles that work the eyelids become weaker. This makes it harder to hold them in position as these muscles must work against gravity in order to keep the eyelids open.
Sometimes, fat can move forward into the eyelids and add to the drooping effect. This layer of fat is present as a cushion between the eyeball and the skull. It is held in place by a membrane. Over time, this membrane will grow weaker and allow the fatty tissue to move forward into the eyelids.
During a blepharoplasty procedure, excess skin can be removed. Often times, fat and some muscle is removed as well. Each procedure is customized for the patient, so the details will vary according to the unique situation.
The ideal candidates for blepharoplasty are individuals who are in good health without any medical conditions that can impair the healing process. After the procedure, you will get specific instructions that will help you through the recovery process. Once you have fully recovered, you won’t believe what a different eyelid surgery has made for you.
Dr. Zimmerman at Las Vegas Laser & Lipo can give you more specific information regarding the kind of results you can expect from blepharoplasty. If you think you can benefit from such a procedure, you should schedule a time for an evaluation and consultation at our office in Las Vegas. Contact us today to book an appointment to learn more about blepharoplasty!