One of the many changes people notice as they grow older is a downward shifting of the brow and fullness of the upper eyelid skin. Often, we notice swelling of the eyelids in the morning which seems to take progressively longer to disappear as we age. Wrinkling and sagging of eyelid skin may be accompanied by bagginess of the lower eyelids and at the inner corners of the upper lids. Sometimes this tendency is familial in origin, but fullness often becomes apparent between 35 and 40 years of age, becoming even more obvious in the forties and fifties.
The results of eyelid surgery are often quite dramatic. This operation involves the eyelid structures and surrounding tissues. Surgical incisions are placed in a way that they will be barely visible after several months have elapsed. Excess skin and overstretched muscle fibers are removed from the upper lids along with protruding fatty tissue. The same correction is applied to lower eyelids; however, great attention is paid to the elimination of excess skin without producing undue tension on the lid margin.
Often, this procedure is done in conjunction with a face lift. And, like the face lift, the Blepharoplasty can be performed under local or general anesthesia on an outpatient basis with admittance and discharge on the same day as surgery.
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