Thursday, October 21, 2010

Eyelid Surgery

We all know the cliche that the eye is the window of the soul. However, no matter how good your vision is if the eyelids that house the eyes are in bad shape, the soul may not given a fair chance to free itself. Some of the eyelid problems are congenital and some acquired either through accident, sickness or old age. Either ways badly shaped eyelid may distort the ways public perceive you. The badly shaped may include ptosis (droopy or sleepy eyes), eyebags, dermatochalasis (excess eyelid skin) or eyelid distortion from injuries.

You may think looks are only important to actresses and actors, however, an article by American research workers (Social implications of blepharoptosis and dermatochalasis. Warwar RE, Bullock JD, Markert RJ, Marciniszyn SL, Bienenfeld DG. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2001 Jul;17(4):234-40.) show that social attitudes may lead to unjust bias toward patients with badly shaped eyelids and surgical correction probably provides benefits beyond improved visual function.

The two patients show dramatic changes to their faces immediately after eyelid surgery. The face not only appear younger but more animated. This is not surprisingly because the skin of the eyes are the thinnest of the body and therefore is the first to show signs of ageing. Picture A belongs to a 55 year-old man taken before the operation to correct excess upper eyelid skin (dermatochalasis) and picture B was taken one week later. Picture C belongs to a 47 year-old woman before surgery to correct dermatochalasis and removal of eyebags and D was taken 10 days after the procedure.

If you have any questions regarding eyelid surgery, you can email me at and better still if you could send me a picture of your upper face for a discussion. Your pictures may be put on the blog for discussion so if you not willing to do so please state that in your email. You can also visit my website at for more pictures of surgery and contact details.

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