Blepharoplasty, more commonly referred to as eyelid surgery or eyelid lift, is a procedure that is performed to remove excess tissue of the eyelid to gain a more youthful appearance. While this is one of the more common procedures performed as far as cosmetic surgeries go, not a lot of people know a lot about blepharoplasty. There are actually many myths associated with this kind of surgery, so if you are looking into upper eyelid surgery yourself, things can get a little confusing. Here's a brief look at some of the most common myths associated with the blepharoplasty surgery.
Myth: Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic procedure mainly for older people.
Older people do tend to have more problems with excess eyelid tissue than younger people, but there are young people who opt to have this cosmetic procedure just the same. In 2015, about 46,520 people who opted for eyelid surgery were between the ages of 35 and 50, according to AllAboutVision.com. There were even nearly 6,000 people in a younger age group of 19 to 34 who had the surgery. While the surgery is more common for older individuals, there are many people who get their eyelids surgically changed at an earlier age.
Myth: You can't have eyelid surgery if you are of Asian descent.
If you have Asian heritage, you can still get upper blepharoplasty surgery, but your results could be more limited, or there may not be as much tissue to reduce. Because people who are of Asian descent have eyelid structures that are a little different, the surgeon can be limited in how much tissue can be removed without causing eyelid function issues. Therefore, if you do elect for the surgery, you may not see as drastic of a change as someone who was not of Asian descent, but this does not mean you are not able to have the surgery in all cases.
Myth: Smokers should not have blepharoplasty.
As a smoker, your body does heal differently and more slowly than someone who does not smoke at all. One of the key factors in the success of having eyelid surgery is to ensure healing processes take place quickly. Therefore, being a smoker can cause some problems. However, some surgeons will still perform the eyelid surgery if you are in otherwise good health, do not smoke a lot, or if you are willing to quit smoking while your eyelids heal after the procedure.
For more information, contact your local upper blepharoplasty professional.