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Improve your look with blepharoplasty

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As we grow older, our eyelids tend to droop. This is caused by the natural evolution of the skin and it can not be preventable. However, many people feel that this natural dropping does not look esthetical or it gives them a more old appearance. Therefore, there is a type of surgery in charge of repairing this problem, which can also cause vision limitations. This is exactly the goal of blepharoplasty.

Definition of blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty is a surgery in which extra skin or fat that originates from the eyelids is removed. This not only causes the patient to have droopy eyelids, but it also affects the appearance of the eyebrows. This is an anti-aging type surgery, where surgeries such as facelifts also enter.

Those patients who are experiencing problems in their vision, should see their doctor immediately. This is a surgery that is recommended to prevent drooping eyelids from damaging your peripheral vision. In the same way, it should be taken into account that you have to have realistic expectations since it can give a natural and young appearance to some extent. All these points should also be discussed with your doctor at your diagnostic appointment, so you can clarify all your doubts about the procedure.

On the other hand, you should inform your doctor if you suffer from any of the following conditions:

  1. Allergies to any medications
  2. Circulatory problems
  3. Diabetes
  4. Glaucoma

Once your medical history has been completed, you can find out if you qualify as a candidate for a blepharoplasty. Patients who are smokers, take herbal medicine, or are avid drug users can not have this surgery because their body would not heal in the correct way.

What is the procedure for this surgery?

Although this surgery is outpatient, it must be taken into account that it is a complex surgery. In the event that an uncertified physician does poor medical work, the risks can range from significant damage to your muscles to loss of vision. The last risk mentioned has happened in very few cases but it must always be borne in mind that all surgery, especially that in the eyes, carries this risk.

The first step is to place anesthesia in the area where the first incision will be made, that is, in your eyelids. After this first cut, the surgeon will remove the excess skin in the area. Some muscle and fat may also be moved to give the desired look.

Post-surgery care

By the time the patient goes home for the recovery stage, it must be taken into account that he will experience high sensitivity to light. It is also possible that there may be some swelling and pain in the area that can be treated with ice packs. Other care will be to avoid rubbing the eyes, taking aspirin or ibuprofen, smoking or lifting heavy things. The use of contact lenses should be paused and to protect the eyes from the light, it will be necessary to wear sunglasses. 

If you want to have this surgery, the first step will be to go to an ophthalmologist so that you can do a physical exam. Afterward, a diagnosis will be made to know the state of his eyes, eyelids, and explain to the patient the result he can expect.


  1. American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  2. Health Line
  3. US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

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