Can Eyelid Surgery Improve Social Interactions?

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The science of studying facial expressions and body language is still relatively new, but one general rule has been observable for a long time: having a pleasant expression makes other people act more pleasantly toward you. If you smile, people tend to find you more attractive and approachable, while a stern expression can make you appear forbidding or depressed.

Why is this important to a plastic surgeon? Because if you are a suitable candidate for eyelid surgery, the chances are that your eyelids are already affecting the way people respond to you in social situations! Candidates for blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, often have:

  • Excess skin between their eyelids and eyebrows
  • Eyelids that appear droopy, puffy, or baggy
  • Vision that is obscured by sagging eyelids
  • Permanent "bags" beneath the eyes

Any of these physical features can make you appear less alert, or less interested, than you actually are.

Others can make you look "squinty"--if people have asked you repeatedly whether you need glasses, it could be because you look like you're squinting all the time.

Eyelid surgery will remove excess skin from around your eyes, making them more prominent on your face and giving you a more open, alert expression. This has the possibility of improving your interactions with the people around you. If you have happy, bright eyes that match your attitude, you should let others notice them!

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