Eyelid surgery, known as blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure that removes excess eyelid skin and fat deposits from the upper and lower eyelids. This popular surgical procedure can dramatically improve the youthful appearance of your eyes and eyelids by getting rid of wrinkles, sagging skin, and under eye bags. But does blepharoplasty actually change the natural shape of your eyes?

The most common types of blepharoplasty are upper blepharoplasty targeting the upper eyelids and lower blepharoplasty focusing on the lower eyelids. Other procedures like canthoplasty, canthopexy, and ptosis repair may also be considered blepharoplasty surgery techniques.

Key Takeaways

  • ✨ Blepharoplasty does not change the natural shape or size of your eyes.
  • 👁️ Upper blepharoplasty removes droopy skin, making the eyes appear wider and more open.
  • 😴 Lower blepharoplasty targets under eye bags and wrinkles, giving the eyes a less tired look.
  • 🔀 Canthopexy and canthoplasty modify the outer corners of the eyes, but not the actual eye dimensions.
  • 🌟 Blepharoplasty enhances the appearance of the eyes without changing the overall shape of your face.


Does Eyelid Surgery Reshape Your Eyes?

Upper Blepharoplasty in Dallas, TX

Upper Blepharoplasty

In most cases, blepharoplasty does not fundamentally change the shape or size of the eyes themselves. The eyeball and surrounding orbital bones that determine eye shape remain untouched during eyelid surgery.

Upper Blepharoplasty

Upper blepharoplasty focuses on removing droopy, sagging, or hooded skin on the upper eyelids that, in more severe cases, may be blocking the visible part of the eye. A standard blepharoplasty does not affect eye shape, it’s more about the skin of the upper lid, which is trimmed and redraped aesthetically; sometimes increasing the visible area from the eyelashes up to the crease. This has a rejuvenating effect, specially in women who were complaining their eye makeup smudged throughout the day from all the redundant skin. However, if a ptosis repair was performed concurrently, then you can expect to see the appearance of wider, more open eyes by providing a fuller view of the iris. Ptosis surgery results in a more lifted eyelid.

Lower Blepharoplasty

Lower eyelid surgery targets under eye bags, wrinkles, and removes excess skin on the lower lids. This can make the eyes look less tired and rejuvenated. Ideally, the lower eyelid should be tightened with the lower rim of the iris being cupped by the lower eyelid curvature. A concurrent canthopexy or canthoplasty can give the appearance of a cat-eye and this can be somewhat exaggerated if the patient requests, though it’s not likely to stay as such in the long term.

Other Procedures – Canthopexy, Canthoplasty, Ptosis Repair

Canthopexy and canthoplasty when performed alone, can give you alluring almond-shaped eyes by modifying the outer corners of the eyes by pulling them closer to the palpable edge of the orbital bone. However, they do not make significant changes to the actual dimensions or internal structure of the eyes themselves.

Ptosis repair does lift drooping upper eyelids that may be obstructing vision. In some cases, this can slightly modify the shape of the eye opening depending on how much excess skin is present and how much eye-opening muscle is tightened during the repair. However, ptosis repair is limited to the upper eyelid only and does not affect the actual eyeball.

Why do my Eyes Look Weird After Blepharoplasty?

Why then do eyes sometimes look strange or different immediately after blepharoplasty surgery? Swelling and bruising during the healing process can temporarily give the eyes an odd appearance that settles as recovery progresses. This normal postoperative distortion fades within weeks.

Does Blepharoplasty make eyes bigger?

Will Blepharoplasty make my eyes look bigger?

Does Blepharoplasty Make Eyes Bigger?

While it can improve the overall look of the eyes, it does not actually make the eyes bigger. The size of one’s eyes, which is determined by genetics and bone structure, remains the same after the procedure. If the goal is to achieve the illusion of bigger eyes, different techniques like cosmetic contact lenses or makeup can be explored.

Does Blepharoplasty Make Eyes Smaller?

While eyelid lift surgery removes excess eyelid skin, it does not reduce the actual size or dimensions of the eyes – just reveals more of their natural shape. Patients sometimes worry that eyelid surgery will “make eyes smaller” but when performed properly, it simply unveils the eyes rather than changing them.

Will Blepharoplasty Change my Face?

This procedure can enhance the appearance of your eyes, but it does not typically change the overall shape of your face. This cosmetic surgery primarily focuses on improving the eyelids, including the removal of excess skin, fat, and muscle. While the eyes can appear more refreshed and youthful after blepharoplasty, the underlying facial structure remains largely unaffected.

It’s important to understand that blepharoplasty is designed to address specific concerns related to the eyes, such as drooping eyelids or under-eye bags. It does not involve altering the fundamental features of your face, such as the shape of your nose, cheeks, or jawline. Therefore, if you are seeking a facial plastic surgery procedure that will significantly change the shape of your face, this may not be the appropriate option.

Conclusion: Will Blepharoplasty Change The Shape Of My Eyes?

Short answer: No, Blepharoplasty will enhance your eyes without altering their shape. While specialized procedures like canthoplasty can create an almond-like shape, it’s important to note that the actual dimensions and internal structure of the eye remain unchanged. Blepharoplasty is an effective surgery for unveiling youthful, vibrant-looking eyes by eliminating excess eyelid skin, muscle, and fat. But it does not fundamentally reshape or resize the eyes themselves. The eyeball and orbital bones are not impacted, just the appearance through lifting the eyelids. When performed by a skilled plastic surgeon, patients can achieve gorgeous, natural-looking eyes without changing their essential shape or facial features.

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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    How does the blepharoplasty procedure work?

    During blepharoplasty, the surgeon makes incisions along the natural crease of the eyelid to remove excess skin and fat. This helps to eliminate under-eye bags, reduce droopiness, and create a smoother, more refreshed appearance.

    Will blepharoplasty make me look younger?

    Yes, blepharoplasty can help to rejuvenate the overall appearance of the face by reducing the signs of aging around the eyes. By removing excess skin and fat, the procedure can make the eyes appear more youthful and refreshed.

    Is it possible for my eyes to appear more open after blepharoplasty?

    Yes, one of the primary purposes of an eyelid lift is to make the eyes appear more open and vibrant. By removing excess skin and fat, blepharoplasty can help to lift droopy eyelids and create a clearer, more awake eye appearance.

    Will my eyes still look natural after blepharoplasty?

    Yes, when performed by a skilled surgeon, blepharoplasty can achieve natural-looking results. The goal of the procedure is to enhance the appearance of the eyes while still maintaining a natural and harmonious look with the rest of the face.

    Can eyelid surgery change the natural crease of the eyelid?

    Ideally, blepharoplasty should enhance the natural crease of the eyelid and the goal is to set the scar right at it. The surgeon carefully makes incisions along the existing crease to remove excess skin and fat while preserving the natural structure of the eyelid.

    About The Author

    Jennyfer F. Cocco, MD - Female Plastic Surgeon in Dallas, TX

    Jennyfer Faridy Cocco, MD

    Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

    Dr. Cocco is a Female Plastic Surgeon practicing in Dallas / Fort Worth since 2009. She is constantly refining her skills in cosmetic surgery by training with internationally renowned aesthetic surgeons through various traveling apprenticeships. Dr. Cocco also regularly attends seminars and conventions, both in the U.S. and Europe. She continues her education and stay up-to-date with the latest advances in the medical and cosmetic field.

    Dr Jennyfer F. Cocco, MD - Plastic Surgery in Dallas, TX

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