Surgery of the Upper Eyelid and Its Benefits
Upper eyelid surgery is a procedure that falls under blepharoplasty, a term used to describe surgical procedures executed on the eyelids. Even though both upper and lower eyelid can be targeted to create a younger and more youthful appearance, in this case we will focus on the upper eyelid. To learn more about common cosmetic problems with the upper eyelid and how they can be corrected, please read the information from the Dr Lanzer Clinic below.
A common problem that may require a blepharoplasty of the upper eyelid is ptosis. Ptosis is a medical term that is used to describe the drooping of the upper eyelid. It is a condition that can affect one or both eyes, depending on the particular cause of the problem. Ptosis is not always a result of the natural ageing process, because some cases are present since birth; this type of ptosis is referred to as congenital ptosis.
Surgeons will speak of droopy eyelids or ptosis when the edge of the upper eyelid, also known as the eyelid margin, falls from its normal position. The chance in position can be caused by the ageing process or genetics, however, both problems can be treated with blepharoplasty.
Patients who struggle with ptosis due to the ageing process may combine eyelid surgery with other treatments, for example the facelift. In addition to the facelift, there are also other procedures that may apply, for example the laser skin resurfacing procedure.
Dermatochalasis is a condition that is quite similar to ptosis. The term is used to describe hooded or droopy eyelids that can overhang and block your vision. Needless to say, this particular problem often requires eyelid surgery to restore the vision of the patient in question.
In many cases of dermatochalasis, there is some excess skin on the upper eyelids. To remove this excess skin, and any protruding fat that may be present on the upper eyelids, cosmetic surgeons will use the blepharoplasty to correct the problem.
Upper Eyelid Surgery – The Blepharoplasty
A blepharoplasty is the surgical repair or reconstruction of an eyelid. It is a procedure that was developed to correct certain defects, deformities and disfigurations of the eyelid, although it is commonly used to aesthetically modify the eye region.
During a blepharoplasty, incisions are made, which will not be as visible after the procedure. To achieve this, cosmetic surgeons aim to make the incisions in the natural crease of the eye. However, during a trans-conjunctival blepharoplasty, the incision can be made from the conjunctiva. Unfortunately, this particular technique can only be used on the lower eyelid and only for the removal of protruding fat.
In rare cases, blepharoplasty techniques will be adjusted, since some medical conditions could cause complications if a normal technique is used. These conditions are the dry-eye syndrome, palpebral skin laxity and eyeball prominence.
Eyelid surgery makes it possible to remove excess fat or excess skin on the eyelids. The exact procedure will somewhat depend on the problems you are struggling with. For example, some patients only need fat removal to obtain a more youthful appearance, while other patients need both fat and skin removal.
The facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a common procedure that is used to reduce visible signs of ageing. The facelift can be divided into various categories. These categories include the SMAS lift, the deep-plane facelift, composite facelift, mid face-lift and mini facelift. Each of these procedures has its own set of benefits and are used for a very specific type of patient.
Laser Resurfacing Procedures
When a patient chooses blepharoplasty to reduce visible signs of ageing, they often combine it with a laser resurfacing procedure. However, laser resurfacing is considered a non-surgical rejuvenation procedure, because no incisions are required to perform the procedure.
Laser resurfacing procedures are executed with erbium laser or a fractional carbon dioxide laser. The type of laser used during a procedure can be subject to many factors, but usually comes down to the preference of the cosmetic surgeon. Laser resurfacing lasers have evolved considerable over the past years, so each laser tends to come with a similar amount of benefits.
Most patients using a laser resurfacing procedure on top of a blepharoplasty do so to remove more fine lines and wrinkles on specific parts of the face. However, the laser resurfacing procedure can also be used to treat the entire face.
The duration of your laser resurfacing procedure is dependent on the size of the treatment area. For example, if you decided to have your entire face treated by laser resurfacing, the procedure will take considerably longer than a procedure where only the eyes need treatment.
Other Face Rejuvenation Procedures
The facelift, blepharoplasty and laser resurfacing procedure are only a few surgical and non-surgical treatments that can be used to make the face look younger, because there are other procedures that could give the patient a more youthful appearance.
The Neck Lift
Similar to the facelift, the neck lift is one of the most popular and most executed cosmetic procedures at the Dr Lanzer Clinic. The procedure aims to fix any loose skin along the jawline and neck, giving the patient in question a smoother and wrinkle-free neck.
The Brow Lift
Even though the brow lift is not as known as eyelid surgery or the neck lift, it is also an effective rejuvenation procedure. Brow lift surgery can help to tighten the skin around the eyes, but also reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. In most cases, the brow lift is combined with eyelid surgery, which is why not many people are familiar with the procedure.
The Chin Implant
When we age, we start to lose fullness in the chin; this causes a receding chin that makes our face look older. However, a receding chin is a problem that can be tackled with a chin implant. The chin implant is used to add more shape and fullness to a receding chin, but also to change to general appearance of the face. Needless to say, the chin implant has many applications in the world of cosmetic surgery.
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Surgical Warning: Every form of surgery has a possibility of a complication and these are given to you in detail by Dr Lanzer. It is a good idea to understand your surgical procedure well, and to obtain further advice from another Specialist Cosmetic surgeon such as a Dermatologist like Dr Lanzer.
All photographs represent one person’s experience, and results may vary for each patient. All photographs are of actual patients of Dr Lanzer. The visible change in these photographs has occurred as a result of the procedure/s undertaken.