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Define blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty is a facial plastic procedure intended to improve the eyelid appearance and/or function. Cosmetic blepharoplasty attempts to give the eyes a more youthful and attractive appearance. Functional blepharoplasty is performed when eyelid skin becomes so redundant that it drapes over the eyelid margin, obstructing the patient’s superior visual field.


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