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What are the Functional Benefits of Eyelid Surgery? Eyelid surgery, a popular plastic surgery procedure among both men and women, improves facial appearance by resolving tired or heavylooking eyes. According to the latest statistical reports of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the procedure stood third in the list of top 5 cosmetic surgery procedures in 2013 with 216,000 procedures, marking an increase of 6% from 2012. The procedure’s popularity is due to the cosmetic benefits as well as due to the fact that it offers functional benefits – it can help improve vision. Droopy upper eyelids, the condition known as ptosis, occur with aging and may block the field of vision. This condition is usually caused by excess upper eyelid skin, which creates a fold and obstructs peripheral and lateral vision. In Blepharoplasty, as eyelid surgery is also called, the plastic surgeon makes an incision along the natural fold of the eyelid so that it


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stays concealed and the scar is less visible. Excess fat tissue is then removed and the incision is closed. Stitches can be removed in about a week’s time and improvements are usually seen in 8-10 days. This surgical procedure also helps resolve several other sagging upper eyelid related issues such as tearing, irritation, chronic red eye, and dry eye. It also helps improve a a condition called trichiasis when eyelashes turns inward causing irritation, painful corneal scratches, tears and cause loss of vision over time. Functional Blepharoplasty may also be performed to tighten the tendons of the eyelids, which helps in the proper placement of corrective contact lenses. Another condition that the procedure can set right is excessive eyelid skin which weighs down and causes irritation on or around the eyelids. In some cases, the brow and forehead tissue becomes lax, drooping over the eyelid and obstructing vision. In this case, a brow lifting procedure may be performed in addition to eyelid surgery.


What are the functional benefits of eyelid surgery?