Did you know that one of the most popular and common cosmetic surgeries in the world is blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery? However, this common procedure isn’t necessarily always cosmetic—there’s also a type of eyelid surgery called functional blepharoplasty, which is intended to correct problems concerning the patient’s eyesight. Deciding on the one that is beneficial for you is something that you can determine during a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. Indeed, for many patients, blepharoplasty can achieve both ends: it corrects aesthetic issues as well as functional ones, therefore improving sight.

As a final note, there’s also a form of blepharoplasty that has been shown to improve migraine pain or abate migraines entirely for some patients—though this is a specialized procedure and should be discussed with a medical professional. Let’s explore the different kinds of eyelid lift surgeries and how they might be able to benefit you.

What Is Cosmetic Blepharoplasty?

Cosmetic blepharoplasty is an elective surgery that isn’t intended to correct any problems with vision or other functional difficulties. Instead, it is only to help the patient achieve his or her aesthetic goals. Since the natural ageing process has a significant impact on the skin of the face and near the eyes, it’s very likely that the skin that makes up the upper and lower eyelids will become saggy and begin to droop. Underneath the eyes, this can cause bags, puffiness, or dark circles to appear, making the patient look tired. Blepharoplasty seeks to correct these issues, giving the patient a more youthful and refreshed look.

Similarly, above the eyes, the excess skin can not only be aesthetically undesirable, it can sometimes even cause vision problems. At this point, cosmetic blepharoplasty may be considered functional blepharoplasty. Let’s explore the difference below.

What Is Functional Blepharoplasty?

Functional blepharoplasty differs from cosmetic blepharoplasty in the sense that it isn’t just intended for cosmetic enhancements of the patient’s appearance—although cosmetic enhancements can be a part of the procedure. Functional blepharoplasty becomes necessary when the patient is having vision problems that eyelid lift surgery can correct, for example, when the excess skin on the upper eyelid hangs down into the field of vision. For some patients, it’s also possible that the skin will make it difficult or impossible to put in contact lenses and, in some cases, even glasses.

Do I Need A Ptosis Correction Surgery?

Ptosis is the term for the situation that we’ve discussed above: when the upper eyelid has excess skin that droops down and obscures the field of vision. As such, corrective surgery for ptosis is considered a functional blepharoplasty. If you’re suffering from this condition, it’s very possible that, yes, blepharoplasty may offer a potential solution.

How To Learn More About Eyelid Surgery

To learn more about eyelid lift surgeries and how blepharoplasty might help you achieve both your cosmetic and functional goals, speaking with a qualified, trained, and deeply experienced plastic surgeon is the first step to taking action and control. If you live in the Toronto area and would like to discover the possibilities of working with an award-winning plastic surgeon, you may wish to explore the services provided by the offices of Dr. Cory Torgerson.

Dr. Torgerson has been performing blepharoplasty procedures for years to the great satisfaction of many Canadians, residents of the U.S., and indeed patients from around the world who have travelled to benefit from his expertise. Please feel warmly welcomed to schedule an initial consultation today by dialing (647) 343-0207 at your earliest convenience.

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Dr. Cory Torgerson is one of Canada’s most talented and prominent facial plastic surgeons, focusing on head & neck facial surgery. Dr. Torgerson has been frequently invited to teach and lecture on these topics across North America. He has hospital privileges at Sunnybrook Hospital, one of the premier hospitals in the University of Toronto Health Network.

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