A Chinese Shar Pei is a breed of dog with very wrinkled skin. Last week in Sydney, Australia, an abandoned Shar Pei named Roland was given a facelift and a double blepharoplasty to smooth out his facial wrinkles and help him to see better. He had heavy folds hanging over his eyes that were partially blocking his vision and causing his eyelashes to turn inward, rubbing against his eyes and causing chronic pain and tearing.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) was trying to find a home for him and having some trouble because of his vision problem and the cost of correcting it. Roland’s surgery took 90 minutes and cost A$897. Shar Pei dogs are large with a broad, flat head and a blue-black tongue. Roland has thick folds over his whole forehead and down the sides of his face. Now he has a smooth forehead and cheeks with a long, well-healed incision line from each jaw up over the forehead.

“[Wrinkles impairing eyesight] is not uncommon in this breed,” said the RSPCA’s chief vet, one Magdoline Awad. “It is a congenital problem. What we have done is made him adoptable.”

What is Blepharoplasty?

Dr. Rai offers blepharoplasty for both males and females. It is eyelid surgery and is the most popular male cosmetic surgery procedure. It removes excess skin and fat from the eyelids to create a more wide-awake, alert appearance. It thus corrects drooping eyelids and puffiness beneath the eyes, although it does not help with dark circles or bags under the eyes.

In some cases, blepharoplasty may be done as an alternative to a facelift, when it is the eyes that are contributing most to an aging look. Incisions are made in the eyelid creases so that the resulting thin scar is not visible when the eyes are open.

Dr. Rai also offers a procedure called Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty for people who have excess fatty tissue in the eyelids but not drooping skin. A very tiny opening is made in the inside surface of the eyelid through the conjunctiva, the eyelid lining. That means that no scar is visible, even when the eyes are closed. It is often suitable for young people.

If you would like to know more about eyelid surgery and facelifts, please contact The Cosmetic Surgical Center in Dallas today for a free consultation with Dr. Rai.