Eyelid surgery, technically known as blepharoplasty, is an operation carried out to remove excess skin and fat around the eyes.
It is the second most popular operation with both men and women in the UK , with around 3,400 women and 500 men opting for cosmetic surgery on their eyes in 2006 alone.
While the decision to undergo eyelid surgery is unique to each patient, it is particularly popular with those who are unhappy with the shape of their eyelids or who feel excess skin above the eyes or bags under their eyes are making them appear tired or older than their years. In some cases it can also be performed for medical reasons, for example if skin overhanging a patient’s eyelashes is obstructing their vision.
Below is a list of typical problems associated with eyelid surgery:
- Excessive scarring (keloids)
- Problems closing eyes
- Blurred or impaired vision (in extreme cases this can lead to acute glaucoma)
- Lop-sided or difference in appearance of both eyes
- Partial or complete blindness (very rare)
- Removal of too little skin or tissue
- Droopiness of the lower lid (ectropian). This can occur when too much skin is cut away, resulting in displacement of the lower lid away from the eyeball, exposing the white of the eye (scleral show)
- Problems with tear ducts caused by disturbance of the tear film or dry eyes caused by poor tear retention
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