05 October 2009

A report has assessed the quality of life (QOL) benefits of cosmetic surgery procedures, and recorded an overall positive result in patients feeling more confident about their appearance following treatment.EurekAlert reports that the paper was presented at the recent annual meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF), and featured a survey of 26 patients who had undergone eye bag removal surgery for cosmetic reasons, rather than for repairing defects. To ensure its validity, the questionnaire also focused solely on respondents who had undergone eye bag removal alone, without any additional procedures. Based on the quality of life standards validated by the Glasgow Benefit Inventory (GBI), the survey found that the procedure had an overall positive impact on patients, with almost all of GBI outcome measures accounted for. This is the first time that the quality of life benefit has been assessed for a cosmetic surgery procedure. Eye bag removal, also known as blepharoplasty, is one of the most popular procedures among men and women to reverse the signs of ageing in the face, and involves the removal of 'bags' - composed of excess fat tissue - which develop on the upper and lower eyelids, leading to a tired, 'droopy' appearance.Eye bag removal for men is becoming increasingly popular among men of all ages according to The Mirror, even among men in their 20s who wish to retain a fresh and youthful appearance to stay one step ahead in competitive workplace environments.