Noncosmetic Reasons to Get Eyelid Surgery

Noncosmetic Reasons to Get Eyelid Surgery

They say your eyes are the windows to your soul, but they can become more like slits when your eyelids begin to droop. Outside of the aesthetic effect that drooping or sagging eyelids can have on your overall appearance, they can also present problems with function. 

As the No. 2 surgical cosmetic procedure in the United States — as more than 325,000 were performed in 2020 alone — there are many reasons why people flock to this relatively easy procedure, and we discuss the noncosmetic ones here.

As an expert in plastic surgery, Cosmetic Surgery Center’s Dr. Trent Fogleman has scores of eyelid surgeries under his belt, giving him the experience you want when making adjustments to your eyelids. Also called a blepharoplasty, this procedure can improve the function of your eyes.

Here’s how.

Seeing clearly and eye health

While most people choose eyelid surgery for cosmetic reasons, some find the procedure a necessary one if they want to see the world clearly. If you were born with excess tissue in your upper eyelids, you may be more prone to obstruction when you get older and this tissue begins to droop down. Over time, the tissue can fold over the edge of the eyelid and interfere with your field of vision.

Your lower lids can loosen and pull away from your eyes, too. When this happens, you may be more prone to getting debris in your eyes and have problems with moisturizing your eyes properly through your tears. 

Fixing vision and eye problems with eyelid surgery

If you’re struggling with impaired vision due to drooping upper eyelids or your lower eyelids are pulling away from your eyes and creating problems, we can easily fix either (or both) issues with a blepharoplasty.

To address your upper eyelids, we make a very small incision along the crease of your eyelid and typically perform three steps:

  1. Remove or reposition fat deposits
  2. Tighten the muscles
  3. Remove excess tissue

If we’re also addressing your lower lids, we make an incision just below the lines of your lower eyelashes so we can remove or reposition fat, as well as remove excess tissue to tighten the lids.

In both cases, we ensure that the incisions aren’t obvious so they heal without scarring issues afterward.

If you’d like to learn more about how eyelid surgery can correct vision issues or eye health problems, contact our office Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to schedule a blepharoplasty consultation today.

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