What are Some Common Myths about Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery or Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgery for both men and women. Feeling self-conscious about one’s facial features can have an impact on interpersonal relationships, and no one likes being told they appear tired when they are wide awake. This surgery has been effective in helping numerous patients to restore their self-assurance and satisfaction with their appearance.

But, unfortunately, eyelid surgery is surrounded by myths, preventing many people from taking up this procedure. In this post, we will discuss some of the eyelid surgery myths and what’s the fact behind them.

Myth #1: Eyelid Surgery Is Strictly a Cosmetic Procedure.

Fact: Eyelid surgery is performed for both medical and cosmetic reasons. Some people undergo the surgery for aesthetic purposes and to look more youthful. In some cases, drooping upper eyelids can cause visual impairment for patients, making it a medical necessity to seek treatment.

If the patients are diagnosed with ptosis and have failed a visual field test, blepharoplasty is a suitable option to solve the problem.

Myth #2: Eyelid Surgery Causes Visible Scarring.    

Fact: Upon healing, there is no scarring. A skilled and experienced surgeon would perform eyelid surgery with minimal scarring. Compared to other body parts, eyelids have thin skin. So, they are not or less prone to abnormal scarring. In the initial stage after surgery, the scars might be visible but they fade away gradually.

Additionally, strategic incisions made by the surgeon can help conceal the scar using the natural structure of the eye. For upper eyelid surgery, the incision is made in the eye crease, and for lower eyelid surgery, the incision is made along the lash line.

Myth #3: Eyelid Surgery Causes Chronic Dry Eyes.

Fact: Dryness in eyes is temporary and resolved after healing. Choosing the right surgeon is crucial to avoid the misconception that removing too much skin during eyelid surgery will cause the eye to be unable to close completely, leading to chronic dry eyes. An experienced surgeon understands the optimal amount of skin to remove to maintain the natural function and health of the eyes.

Post-surgery, a patient may experience dry eyes temporarily due to swelling, which can prevent complete eye closure during blinking. The use of eye drops may be recommended until the swelling subsides, and the eyes no longer require additional lubrication.

Myth #4 Eyelid surgery treats crow’s feet

Fact: As a cosmetic procedure, eyelid surgery improves eye area appearance because it addresses concerns like eye bags, puffy lower eyelids, drooping eyelids, and loose skin.

It also reduces the appearance of dark circles under the eyes. But, it does not solve the problem of crow’s feet. If you are concerned about crow’s feet, your surgeon may suggest a different treatment.

If you are thinking about eyelid surgery, consult a reputable certified eyelid surgeon to get the accurate information, clear all your doubts, and know if blepharoplasty is the right procedure for you or not.

Dr. John Martin, MD is a nationally and internationally recognized blepharoplasty surgeon for medical, as well as aesthetic procedures. He is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is extensively trained in the use of surgical lasers. To book a complimentary consultation for cosmetic eyelid surgery in Miami, Coral Gables, or nearby areas, call (305) 444-5950 now.

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