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Blepharoplasty is most likely a word you don’t hear very often, but you might have heard of “lid lift” instead. What does it mean? Blepharoplasty/lid lift is a functional or cosmetic eyelid surgical procedure that can remove excess skin, muscle, and fat from the upper or lower eyelids.

Cosmetic blepharoplasty
Cosmetic blepharoplasty is a procedure that is not medically necessary, but is done to improve your appearance and confidence. As we get older, our upper and lower eyelids may become droopy because the eyelid skin stretches, muscles weaken, and fat pockets become more prominent. Unfortunately, such conditions can be hereditary.

Functional blepharoplasty
This procedure is the opposite of cosmetic lid lift; it is done for medical reasons. A reason may be to remove loose skin from the upper eyelid if it droops low enough to impair vision for driving. Another reason is to improve peripheral vision. Sagging skin can get in the way of your upper and outer field of vision. There are other medical reasons that may require a functional blepharoplasty.

Children can also undergo a lid lift due to a condition called ptosis. Ptosis is when the upper eyelid droops over the eye. This can occur in one or both eyes and can even be present at birth, called congenital ptosis. Children with ptosis are at risk for other eye problems, so it is important to have regular eye exams. If the eyelid blocks vision, amblyopia (“lazy eye”) can develop and will need to be addressed as well.

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