Type of Surgery
Last updated: 11/24/2009
Blepharoplasty or surgery of the eyelids is a procedure aimed at altering the size and shape of the upper, lower or both eyelids by removing excess skin and fat. Eyelid surgery can be performed for medical reasons though it is most often performed...
for a purely aesthetic improvement. Since aging can result in fatty deposits and sagging in the eyelids, the procedure involves removing excess skin and/or fat to achieve a younger appearance for the patient. Blepharoplasty not only improves sagging in the upper eyelid but can also remove â€śbags under the eyesâ€ť which are simply pads of fat. It should be noted that this surgery does not improve wrinkles (e.g. â€ścrowâ€™s feetâ€ť) and may not improve the dark circles around the eyes, that often occur from blood that has leaked from broken blood vessels.
A graphic animation of what causes fat and sagging eyelids. The video describes what takes place during eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty).
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