In 2016, according to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), the cosmetic procedure of blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) once again made the top five list of surgical trends. It has held this position for more than a decade. While the numbers may decrease over the years, it retains its position as a popular cosmetic facial procedure.
Description and Types
Surgeons also refer to this procedure as an eyelid lift. It involves the removal of any excess fat and/or skin blocking an individual’s peripheral vision. More frequently, people call for eyelid surgery to help rejuvenate their appearance, giving the impression of youthfulness. This divides the process into cosmetic and medical/functional surgery.
Surgeons also separate eyelid surgery into three separate types, according to the target sector. As a result, they talk to their clients about the following three types:
- Upper Blepharoplasty: This is the removal of any excess fat and/or skin on the upper eyelid to improve both appearance and vision
- Lower Blepharoplasty: This is the same approach for the lower eyelid, but the stress is usually on cosmetic rationale
- Double (Asian) Eyelid Surgery: The intent is to construct a crease in the upper eyelid
While most procedures are surgical, a nonsurgical blepharoplasty is also available. During this procedure, the doctor will use injectable fillers, e.g. collagen, hyaluronic acid. The purpose is to restore volume in the tear troughs. A reputable cosmetic surgeon will talk to you about these procedures and offer advice on your reasons for considering such a procedure.
People have different reasons for considering this procedure. Although the two basic rationales fall into the cosmetic or medical categories, the actual reasons for cosmetic surgery can vary. In general, however, statistics indicate for many, blepharoplasty is not solely an attempt to remain youthful for its sake, but the means through which to improve their chances of getting or retaining employment.