Question : I have inherited my father’s eyes! I am 42 years old with heavy upper eyelids and bags under my eyes. I am concerned that eyelid surgery will change the shape of my eyes and make me look like a different person. Is this possible?
Answer: Eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty) does not change the shape of the eyes but will change their appearance. People who have excessive skin and puffiness prior to surgery will appear to have larger eyes after the procedure because the eyes are returned to their younger state. Whether your eyes are round, oval or oblong, the shape will remain the same.
Blepharoplasty is performed on both the upper and lower eyelids. They can be done together or independently, based on an individual patient’s needs. Theheaviness on the upper eyelids and the bags on the lower eyelids can cause a person to look fatigued and older than they are; this is caused by fatty pockets around the eye and loose skin. Blepharoplasty reduces the fatty pockets around the eyes and will tighten the skin of the upper and lower eyelids. The incisions made are hidden in the natural creases of the eye and other inconspicuous places. The surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis. Some bruising can occur and will generally fade within 7-10 days.
There are medical conditions that can cause puffiness and bagging of the eyelids. Therefore, a thorough history and physical is an important part of your evaluation. I recommend that you consult with a qualified board-certified plastic surgeon, oculoplastic surgeon or facial plastic surgeon with experience in eyelid surgery.
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