The Benefits and Limitations of Blepharoplasty

Health & Fitnessby Ariana Smith20 February 2019


When looking into the mirror, it can be frustrating to see those tell-tale signs of aging crop up and to feel as if we have no control. While growing older is a natural part of life and is certainly better than the alternative, how can we minimize the effects of aging so that we look our best, no matter how many years we rack up?

While aging is a natural process that will happen at some point in time, it is not true that you need to keep living with the same. In the words of a leading Plastic Surgeon in Dubai, medical science has made a lot of progress in terms of reversing the effects of aging in safe and simple procedures. In the following section, we are going to concentrate on one tell-tale sign of aging- crow’s feet near the eye region.

The Benefits and Limitations of Blepharoplasty:


Your eyes are two of the most common areas of your face where aging indicators show up. As you advance in years, the muscles around your eyes start to weaken, causing the skin on your eyelids to stretch. This can also cause excess fat deposits to form above and below your lids, hence the notorious bags under the eyes. People dealing with this predicament often look tired when they are not and they also look much older than they really are. Not only does this alter your appearance, but it can also negatively affect your vision and the function of your eyelids. Your peripheral vision – the ability to see out of the sides and corners of your eyes – can also be reduced. Drooping lids can also hinder the complete opening of your eyes and also pull down on your lower eyelids.


If you are suffering from some or all of the symptoms of saggy eyelids, there are treatment options available that can help make you look younger, more alert, and also improve the look and feel of your eyes. One of the most common procedures is Blepharoplasty. This is an outpatient surgery performed under local anesthesia accompanied by oral or intravenous medication to help you relax. Cuts are made on the upper and lower lids and excess skin, muscle and fat are removed.

After the surgery, you are monitored for possible complications and can then go home that same day for additional recovery. This is a fairly quick process and the results can last for many years.


As with any surgery, you and your doctor should consider every possible risk and outcome before moving ahead with this option. You may also want to check your insurance coverage for this procedure. Coverage can depend on the reason for the surgery. If the condition impairs your vision, your insurance may cover the costs. However, if it is only for cosmetic purposes, it is highly unlikely your insurance will cover it.

There are also a number of risks involved with this treatment. These include:

  • Infection and bleeding
  • Dry, irritated eyes
  • Possible eyelid problems such as difficulty closing your eyes
  • Visible scarring
  • Injury to eye muscles
  • Discoloration of skin
  • Follow-up surgery may be necessary
  • Temporarily blurred vision or, in rare cases, eyesight loss

Furthermore, while this type of surgery generally produces positive results, these results are not promised. This procedure can permanently correct some conditions; however, you will continue to age naturally and there is a possibility that the sagging may return. Also, this surgery will not fix some conditions. Any fine lines and/or dark circles under the eyes may improve initially but they will not completely disappear. Likewise, “crow’s feet” on the outside of your eyes cannot be removed. In short, any fine lines or wrinkles that are not cut away during the surgery itself will remain after the surgery. To try to remove every fine line would produce very unnatural-looking results. If you still want to remove these lines, you would require additional treatment in the form of BOTOX injections, laser abrasion, or a chemical peel.

Additionally, the loosening of the skin on your forehead or your eyebrow could also be the cause of drooping upper eyelids. In this case, the eyelid surgery could further emphasize this distortion. If you have relaxed skin on your forehead or eyebrows, your surgeon may also recommend a brow lift.

Keep in mind that no matter the age, everyone has lines that are brought about by the human condition itself. We all laugh, smile, frown, and grimace. This is a normal part of living life to the fullest. Surgery can help improve the aging process but it will not stop it altogether. In addition to surgery, always protect your face from the sun, live a healthy lifestyle, and take care of yourself.


If you believe that blepharoplasty is the treatment for you, one of the best surgeons in the Greater Philadelphia area is Dr. Allan Wulc with W Cosmetic Surgery. Not only is Dr. Wulc quadruple board-certified in cosmetic and plastic surgery, but he is also a diplomat of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and is the only surgeon in the tri-state area with these qualifications. Moreover, his experience in practicing plastic surgery spans more than 25 years. Consider visiting his site if you’re looking for an eyelid surgeon around the Philly area.

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Ariana Smith

Ariana Smith is a freelancer content writer and enthusiastic blogger. She is a regular contributor at The Daily Notes.

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