An Eye-Opener

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by Daniel Allan, M.D.

Cosmetic upper eyelid surgery (upper lid blepharoplasty) is meant to remove loose skin, stretched muscle, and excess fat from the upper eyelid. The tendency toward drooping upper lids may be an inherited characteristic, in which case a surgical correction is sought by patients in their teens. Drooping eyelids also appear as a function of age. In either case drooping lids make a person seem older and less than alert. For some, drooping lids may actually inhibit proper vision. Blepharoplasty imparts a brighter, more youthful look to the eyes. Patients are usually very pleased with the surgical results, the relatively short recovery time, and the minimal scarring. This procedure is often done on an outpatient basis, and patients feel quite presentable after only two weeks.

If eyes could be compared to the windows of the soul, then eyelids might correspondingly be seen as its shades, serving both a practical and aesthetic purpose. Cosmetic surgery can offer an improved and more attractive appearance. For more information on blepharoplasty, please call my office at 575-523-6554 at 780 South Walnut Street or by visiting our contact page. The office is open Monday through Friday by appointment.