While eyelid surgery is often pursued purely for anti-aging reasons, this procedure also has beautiful benefits that go far beyond cosmetic results, including improved vision and reduced muscle strain.
Why Eyelids Droop
While drooping, puffy eyelids often result due to the natural aging process, men and women of any age can get them. Generally, as skin ages, the amount of collagen produced drops, and already present collagen begins to break down. This can cause the skin around the eyes to begin to droop and sag while muscles in the area lose their definition. For many patients, their main complaint is that they “look tired” all the time. An eyelid surgery can help them look and feel more awake and alert.
Types of Eyelid Surgery
Board-certified plastic surgeons can perform several different types of eyelid surgery, known in the medical field as blepharoplasty. The three major types are:
- Lower eyelid blepharoplasty
- Double eyelid surgery
- Upper eyelid blepharoplasty
With all types of blepharoplasty, the plastic surgeon cuts and repositions or removes fat, skin, or muscles in the eyelid to achieve the desired outcome.
Improved Vision from Eyelid Surgery
When skin and muscles in the upper and lower eyelids begin to sag and lose definition, vision can be impaired in various ways.
When the upper eyelid sags, frontal vision can be impaired. Peripheral vision may also be impaired with sagging upper eyelids.
Puffy lower eyelids can hamper your downward gaze field of vision and can impair such important daily activities as reading and work-related activities.
In addition to a vision field physically impaired by sagging eyelids, other common related problems include eye strain, discomfort, and muscle fatigue, often in the forehead area.
Eyelid surgery can noticeably improve all of these conditions. When a plastic surgeon removes excess skin and fat or reshapes and tightens weak muscles, both frontal and peripheral vision improve. When surgery is performed on the lower eyelid, the field of vision in downward gaze improves, making reading, computer duties, and other daily and work-related activities much easier. In fact, patients report that their overall quality of life has greatly improved after having eyelid surgery.
While eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, can give you a fresher, more youthful and lifted look, it also offers important functional health and quality of life benefits. If you have sagging skin or weakened muscles around your eyes that are impairing your vision, causing discomfort, and creating muscle strain, eyelid surgery is definitely worth discussing with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons in Las Vegas.