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Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)

Blepharoplasty - eyelid surgery - is a cosmetic operation that tightens the skin and muscles surrounding your eyes, giving you back your doe-like, youthful gaze.

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: June 26, 2012

The delicate nature of your eyes makes them susceptible to the signs of aging, which is made worse by years of squinting, rubbing, applying glossy shadows and skin products, putting in contacts, taking out contacts, and of course, the biggest dermatological delinquent of them all, sun exposure. All this makes for veiny, puffy, and worn out eyes.

Blepharoplasty - eyelid surgery - is a cosmetic operation that tightens the skin and muscles surrounding your eyes, giving you back your doe-like, youthful gaze. Eyelid surgery was the third most common cosmetic procedure among men and women in 2009 (almost 150,000 were completed by accredited surgeons).

What It's Good For

The saggy, tired looking bulge beneath your eye is created when the fat pads cushioning your lower lid begin to sink. Then, your upper eye succumbs to gravity, tumbling downwards with no regard for your appearance.

Blepharoplasty surgery lifts the skin, fat, and muscle surrounding your eyes, tightening and smoothing the entire region.

Who it works for: Eyelid surgery addresses saggy eyelids and puffy bags that give off a perpetually tired, worn out, and plain old aged appearance. In order to undergo eyelid surgery, a patient's eyes should be in good health. Dry eyes and glaucoma can be further irritated by surgery.

Recommended age range: If your eyes prematurely puff, droop, or sag, then you may get eye lid surgery by the time you turn 35. 61% of blepharoplasty patients in 2009 were above 51 years old.

When will I see results?: Scars and incisions can take at least six months to heal, but you may have a better idea of what the results will look like after three weeks once the swelling begins to subside. Swelling can last six weeks for some.

How long it lasts: Fat extracted from the periorbital region shouldn't return, which means eyelid surgery can deflate puffy eyes for good. But fat can also be redistributed to help address the hollowness that can become present under the eyelids. Blepharoplasty surgery can reduce wrinkles for up to 10 years.

Key benefits of eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty): The scars from eyelid surgery are easily tucked into the natural folds of your eyelid.

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