While people may not realize it, the shape of our eyes and eyelids is a huge factor in our facial appearance. Patients who feel that their face has developed a weary, heavy, or aged aesthetic may find that the region around their eyes is the source of this look. In such cases, patients can benefit from surgery around the eye area.
Eyelid Surgery, otherwise known as blepharoplasty, is a popular plastic surgery treatment that aims to improve the appearance of both the upper and lower eyelids. The process involves extracting excess skin and fat from the area, reducing the saggy, puffy aesthetic that the eyes develop as a result of aging.
While this treatment is highly effective at correcting both cosmetic and functional issues, many patients wonder how much their appearance will change as a result of the procedure. Some fear that their appearance can be negatively impacted by it, while others are hoping to see a dramatic change.
The reasons behind eyelid surgery
It is common knowledge that loose, drooping skin can give the eyes an exhausted and swollen look. Some even find that overly pronounced hooding of their eyelids makes them look mad, sad, or unapproachable. Moreover, excess eye hooding can cause vision impairment. For this reason, some patients may need a blepharoplasty for both cosmetic and functional reasons.
Will eyelid surgery change the shape of my eyes?
Patients are often amazed at how much their appearance improves once they have addressed issues in the area surrounding their eyes. The eyes tend to look bigger, brighter, and more enticing, as the puffiness has been greatly reduced.
More importantly, blepharoplasty is a great way to mitigate many of the visible signs of aging, such as wrinkles and fine lines, leaving the patient with a more youthful aesthetic. Discussing the specific anti-aging goals of the patient prior to the surgery is the best way to achieve the most pleasing results possible.
Beyond improving the look of the eyes, restoring symmetry, and bringing balance to the face, eyelid surgery can also give patients:
- A more rested, alert, and vibrant look
- A reduction in puffiness and hooding of the eyes
- A more youthful and revitalized appearance
While blepharoplasty is a popular method for taking years off of the face, improving vision, and giving the eyes a more rested, alert, and brighter appearance, it is not able to alter the related facial substructures of the face or eyes. The procedure cannot achieve large “doe eyes” or the almond-shaped eyes that so many people wish they could have. After undergoing the procedure, patients will still look like themselves, albeit a much more refreshed version.
What is the takeaway?
In sum, blepharoplasty is able to rejuvenate a patient’s face and eye region dramatically. It can take years off of the face and restore the eyes to the look they had years prior. However, it bears repeating that eye surgery is not able to create an eye shape that does not already naturally exist in the patient’s face. Instead, eyelid surgery is the ideal method for enhancing the patient’s natural beauty, allowing them to be the best version of themselves.