But can eyelid surgery be done for medical reasons? This article will answer this and related queries.
What is Eyelid Surgery?
As noted above, eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure on your droopy and puffy eyelids to restore their youthful appearance. As you age, the skin around your eyelids will lose its elasticity and sag, and the sagging skin will accumulate excess fat and muscle, making your lids appear puffy.
This is why many elderly people are going for plastic surgery to eliminate the sagging skin and excess fat around their eyelids. This procedure helps to tighten the sagging skin, thus giving your eyelids and your face, in general, a youthful look. It also helps to eliminate the fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes. This procedure can be done on both your lower and upper eyelids.
When is Blepharoplasty Medically Necessary?
While this procedure is mainly done for cosmetic reasons, certain medical situations may force you to have it. For instance, your doctor may advise you to go for blepharoplasty if your sagging eyelids are causing you pain and discomfort. If your drooping eyelids are too heavy or puffy, they’re likely to strain the nerves around your eye, causing pain.
Your sagging eyelids will cause headaches causing skin irritation. Your drooping eyelids will also sit on the skin beneath, causing skin irritation. Your doctor will recommend eyelid surgery. Another reason is when your upper eyelids hang extremely low to block eyesight. These lids will make you feel like a curtain hanging above your eyes.
If your upper eyelids accumulate too much fat and muscle, the small muscles that lift your eyelids will become too weak to raise them. You’ll need to undergo eyelid surgery to lift your sagging eyelids and restore your complete vision. Your doctor will perform visual field testing to determine if your drooping eyelids obstruct peripheral vision.