Blepharoplasty is surgical procedure performed on either the upper or lower eyelid to improve the appearance of the skin around the eye. On the upper eyelid, it is used to correct redundant (droopy) skin of the upper eyelid and forehead.
As we age, skin of the eyelid loses elasticity. Furthermore, the structures that support the skin of the forehead weaken, leading to excess skin that may hang over the edge of the brow. Finally, the muscles and the fat of the upper eyelid can change with age, leading to an unattractive bulge.
Traditionally, blepharoplasty involves removing the excess skin of the upper lid to restore a sharp eyelid crease and give the upper eyelid a smooth look. For people with bulging fat in the upper eyelid, blepharoplasty can also include excision of the bulging fat.
Lower eyelid blepharoplasty is usually performed to correct the appearance of "bags" under the eyes. So called "bags" are caused from fat that is normally behind the eye that bulges in front of the eye muscles because of aging.
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