The eyes, it is often said, are the windows to the soul. It is undeniable that eyes are important in communication, with eye contact being one of the key metrics by which we judge others, both consciously and subconsciously. And when someone is looking into our eyes, any defects we may have, such as drooping eyelids, can drastically affect that judgment. In addition to this, peripheral vision can be affected by problems with the upper eyelid, which may cause problems driving, reading and pretty much all of day-to-day life.
The procedure for repairing or reconstructing the eyelid is known as blepharoplasty. This can sound quite frightening, because most of us are very sensitive about our eyes, but in the hands of a skilled surgeon it’s a very simple process which is usually completed in under three hours.
Although the name blepharoplasty was only coined in the early 19th century, there are records of similar procedures taking place as far back as first century Rome, in Aulus Cornelis Celsus’s De Medicina
In blepharoplasty, great care is taken to avoid leaving permanent marks, so the incisions are made along the existing skin creases of the upper and lower eyelids. Following the operation there will naturally be bruising and swelling around the eyes, but this will subside within a week or two.
Blepharoplasty is one of the more common and popular cosmetic surgery procedures, and has been particularly rising in popularity among men. Its beneficial effects and relative swiftness (patients will be back home after a few hours) have seen increasing numbers of men opting for blepharoplasty for both cosmetic and therapeutic reasons. Across the genders, 2016 saw blepharoplastic procedures rise by 12 percent to 8,689 operations. As a procedure that can both make you a safer driver and improve your interactions with others, it could quite literally change your life.
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