The cosmetic benefits of blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, might seem obvious. Loose and sagging skin on the eyelids can make applying eye makeup a challenge. It can also make you look older, sad, or angry.
These problems can be solved with strategic surgical alterations through a blepharoplasty or eyelid lift procedure. But beyond the cosmetic benefits, blepharoplasty can also offer medical benefits. Read on to find out if this procedure could be the answer to your own medical issues.
The Cosmetic Benefits of Blepharoplasty
The majority of eyelid lift patients are looking for a way to appear more youthful. Excess skin can be frustrating for many reasons, especially when trying to apply eye makeup or mascara. For others, it can be bothersome to be repeatedly asked if you are tired, sad, or upset, all because your eyes appear that way.
The eyes help us to communicate our feelings to one another. When they’re bogged down by lax skin, the messages may be skewed. Drooping eyelids may only be a minor annoyance for some, but they can be reversed to achieve great cosmetic benefits for the right patients.
The Medical Benefits of Blepharoplasty
In extreme cases, a patient’s eyelids may droop low enough to affect his or her field of vision. The skin’s elastic and collagen have broken down, leaving it inelastic. Gravity pulls this weakened skin down, sometimes along or below the lash line. This condition, known as blepharoptosis, can pose serious risks for a patient. When the skin impedes a person’s vision, it can make daily tasks like driving especially difficult. Basic activities can become hazardous.
During a blepharoplasty surgery, your facial plastic surgeon can remove excess skin as needed to create a flatter, firmer eyelid. The excess skin will be lifted off of the lash line and out of your field of vision leaving you both cosmetically refreshed and in better physical condition. For some patients, blepharoplasty may be an essential step toward a healthy and safe lifestyle.
Lessening Migraine Headaches
Carrying around the weight of the excess skin on your eyelids could have a greater effect than you realize: tension and migraine headaches. While research into the connection between sagging eyelids and migraines is still developing, the initial results are promising. Studies have shown that more than half of patients of blepharoplasty have reported total elimination of migraine headaches.
A surprising 90.7% of patients have seen some improvement in their migraine headaches, potentially linking the loss of excess skin with symptom relief. Talk to your primary care physician and your facial plastic surgeon to create the right plan of action for you. Blepharoplasty might provide you with both an aesthetic improvement and a way to lessen your frequent headaches.
The Blepharoplasty Procedure Explained
Blepharoplasty is a specialized facial plastic surgery that can resolve problems with sagging, drooping skin and weak muscles around the eyelids. Both the upper and lower parts of the eyelid can be affected by the aging process. Blepharoplasty can combat puffiness beneath the eyes, creping upper eyelids, loose skin, and much more. As a result, many patients of blepharoplasty appear younger and more refreshed after surgery.
The eyelid lift procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia with a sedative as an out-patient procedure. The surgery itself can last around an hour per eye, depending on the extent of the aging damage. Incisions are placed in the natural folds of the eyelids, where any scarring should remain minimal and very hard to see. Your facial plastic surgeon will then work to tighten muscles and supportive tissues, remove excess fat cells, and trim away extra, loosened skin.
Contact Dr. Bustillo to Schedule Your Blepharoplasty Consultation Today
Learn more about the benefits a blepharoplasty procedure could offer you when you schedule a consultation. Dr. Andres Bustillo, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a facial plastic surgeon with extensive knowledge, experience, and outstanding qualifications. He is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS) and the American Board of Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery (ABOto) — one of a select few double board certified facial plastic surgeons. As a facial specialist, he does not treat any other area of the body. This specialization allows him to get the best results for patients with a wide range of facial shapes, features, and skin types. He is always on the cutting edge of the latest advancements.
Dr. Bustillo has built his reputation as someone who produces natural, long-lasting results. Over 50 percent of his practice is dedicated to rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty. The rest is devoted to other types of facial rejuvenation surgery. He performs over 300 nasal surgeries a year. Twenty-five percent of his patients come from outside the United States. Twenty percent of his patients are other doctors and their families.
He and his team can be contacted by phone at 305-663-3380 or by email through the contact form. The office of Dr. Bustillo is here to answer your questions, and help you to plan your initial consultation. You can also directly contact our patient care coordinator, Jessica, by email. Dr. Bustillo is committed to total patient care and support through his practice based just south of Miami, in beautiful and historic Coral Gables, Florida.