In 2004 nearly 300,000 people in the United States underwent cosmetic eye surgery. Blepharoplasty is the most sought-after plastic surgery procedure for patients past the age of 35. The contours of the eyelid skin and fat pockets account for a large part of the expressiveness of the face. Drooping or bulging of the eyelids can project a look of fatigue and lack of vigor despite adequate rest and good health.
A blepharoplasty is a operation that can "freshen up" the eyes as well as an aging face. Having the eyes look bright and alert reduces the effect of a sagging jaw line or neck. Therefore, people often consider undergoing eyelid surgery before or instead of a full face lift.
Blepharoplasty generally yields a substantial and longer lasting improvement with less cost, risk, pain, and inconvenience.
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