As our skin ages, it gradually loses its elasticity. Between a lack of
elasticity and the constant pull from gravity, skin begins to collect
along the upper and lower eyelids, causing us to look older and sometimes puffier.
Many patients turn to eyelid surgery, also called
blepharoplasty or an eye lift, to remove the excess skin from the upper eyelids and to
reduce the bagginess along the lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery can be performed
on the upper or lower lids, or on both. The procedure can have dramatic
results, resulting in a more youthful appearance.
People usually choose this surgery for cosmetic reasons, however, it’s
also an excellent way to improve sight in older patients whose sagging
upper eyelids have obstructed their vision.
Since eyelifts do not eliminate crow’s feet and other facial wrinkles,
the procedure is often done in conjunction with forehead lifts, brow lifts,
BOTOX, and filler injections.
Am I a good candidate for eyelid surgery?
Generally, candidates for eyelid surgery are healthy individuals that don’t
have any serious eye conditions or medical conditions that would impair healing.
While most candidates are 35 and older, those with naturally baggy or droopy
eyelids may decide to have the surgery at a younger age.
Eyelid surgery treats:
- Bags under the eyes
- Loose skin that hangs over the upper eyelid
- Excess fatty deposits that result in puffiness
- Droopy lower eyelids
- Deep groves under the eyes
- Excess skin under the lower eyelid
- Fine wrinkles under the lower eyelid
Eyelid surgery can correct certain conditions permanently, while other
results will last up to seven years. However, patients rarely need to
have lower eyelid surgery repeated.
You will continue to age naturally after the procedure; therefore, life-long
sun protection is a must to maintain the best results.
If a patient’s lids sag years after the surgery, a forehead lift
is often the next procedure rather than another eyelift.
Do you have excess skin that is obscuring the natural fold of your upper
eyelids? Do your eyelids appear puffy, making you look tired or sad? If
you are in overall good health, have a positive attitude about surgery
and realistic expectations, you may be the ideal candidate for eyelid surgery.
to schedule a consultation with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Yuly