The natural aging process, genetics and even environmental factors such as sun exposure can lead to your skin losing elasticity and the firmness of youth. The eyes are the first area of the face to show our age, but you don’t have to grow old gracefully. Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a popular cosmetic surgery that helps restore a more youthful, rested appearance to your eyes. And the best part is, no one will know you had work done unless you tell them!
Here are five things you should know about eyelid surgery:
- Eyelid surgery can address cosmetic concerns as well as functional problems with your eyelids. It consists of removing loose or sagging skin that creates drooping eyelids and sometimes impairs vision. Fatty deposits in the upper and lower eyelids are removed, and excess skin in the lower eyelids are removed to help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles under the eyes.
- Many men and women around middle age and older turn to eyelid surgery to wake up tired-looking eyes. Good candidates for surgery include healthy patients who are nonsmokers, have a positive outlook and realistic goals and don’t have eye conditions or medical conditions that could impair healing.
- Surgery often consists of making incisions in both the upper and lower eyelids. Incisions on the upper eyelid are made in the natural crease of the eyelid so that scars can be mostly hidden. Excess fat is removed or repositioned, muscles are tightened and excess skin is removed. Incisions made in the lower eyelid are made just below the lower lash line or behind the lid in some instances. Excess skin is removed and excess fat is either repositioned or removed.
- Patients enjoy the rejuvenated appearance and love the youthful results that appear as swelling and bruising subside in the first few weeks after surgery.
- Eyelid surgery can be done on its own or in combination with other facial rejuvenation procedures and treatments to help you achieve the results you desire.