Blepharoplasty for Functional and Cosmetic Purposes
Dr. Helen Moreira performs eyelid lift surgery for patients seeking a more youthful-looking appearance, as well as for those with medical concerns regarding vision obstruction.
Boston, MA – In addition to refractive cataract and LASIK procedures, Dr. Helen R. Moreira, an ophthalmologist in Boston, performs a variety of surgeries at the Nielsen Eye Center to address cosmetic and functional concerns regarding the eyes. One procedure, in particular, has the capability of addressing both aesthetics and medical needs: the eyelid lift. Also known as blepharoplasty, Dr. Moreira explains that eyelid surgery has the potential to rejuvenate a patient’s facial appearance, as well as improve one’s vision if excess skin droops too low, obstructing the line of sight.
In her recent blog post, “Are You a Good Candidate for Eyelid Lift Surgery?,” Dr. Moreira addresses what makes someone an ideal eyelid lift patient. She explains if a person has noticed their upper or lower eyelid skin starting to sag over time, or if these areas appear loose or puffy, they may find an eyelid lift can significantly improve their concerns. While many people are motivated by the surgery’s rejuvenating benefits, Dr. Moreira notes in her recent blog post, ”When Eyelid Surgery Becomes Medically Necessary,” that sagging eyelid skin can also affect one’s vision, making surgery the best option for restoring their sight. Despite the patient’s desire for eyelid surgery, Dr. Moreira stresses the importance of having good overall health and realistic expectations about potential results.
Once the patient has been determined as a qualified candidate for blepharoplasty, Dr. Moreira is able to move forward with the procedure. During the operation, she removes excess skin and fat along the upper or lower lids, depending on the patient’s unique concerns. The Boston eye surgeon says correcting each eye takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. Following eyelid surgery, she advises patients to expect some initial swelling and bruising; however, she notes that these symptoms typically improve within the next few weeks.
Ultimately, Dr. Moreira stresses that anyone wishing to undergo the eyelid lift surgery should do their research to find a qualified surgeon, and then schedule a consultation to learn whether or not the procedure is right for their unique needs.
About Helen R. Moreira, MD
Dr. Moreira earned her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she graduated in the top 10 percent of her class. She received several grants for work she did on medical missions in both Costa Rica and India. Dr. Moreira then completed a residency in ophthalmology at Brown University. She is now involved as a faculty member at Brown University Alpert Medical School in the Department of Surgery, Division of Ophthalmology. Dr. Moreira is a member of various professional organizations, including the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the International Society of Refractive Surgeons.