As your skin shows signs of time passing, aging is usually most obvious where skin is thinnest. The backs of your hands are most notable to you, unless you’re looking in the mirror.
Your eyelids also suffer because of thin skin and the accumulation of fat beneath. The combination can not only make you look older than your years, it can also interfere with your eyesight in extreme cases.
Eyelid surgery, called blepharoplasty, could be the answer to both your cosmetic and functional concerns. While eyelid surgery is straightforward, every procedure is personalized to your specific needs.
Choosing our skilled surgeons at IC Laser Eye Care for your blepharoplasty assures the expertise you expect from your surgery provider.
As you get older, it’s normal for skin to thin, dry out, and lose resilience and elasticity. These conditions allow gravity to influence your appearance with its continuous downward pull.
Around your eyes, the muscles that support eyelids weaken. While that’s rarely noticeable from an eyesight perspective, it allows a shift in the structure of your eyelids.
The result is droop. The lower eyelids can bulge, looking baggy and deepening the eye socket, sometimes creating a sunken eye effect.
Drooping of the upper eyelids is perhaps even more problematic. You may take on a permanently sleepy appearance or your sagging lids might give the impression you’re not alert or paying attention. In extreme cases, upper eyelid droop is severe enough to start blocking parts of your vision.
Depending on the problems eyelid drooping creates, you could choose between procedures for your upper or lower eyelids, or a surgery that addresses both. Incisions from eyelid surgery are usually made either inside the lid or along a natural crease, so any scars resulting from your procedure are well hidden after healing.
Blepharoplasty is usually performed on an outpatient basis and it can be combined with other procedures, such as an eyebrow lift. A procedure called ptosis could be recommended if your eyelids droop near your pupils.
Removing excess skin is usually the focus of blepharoplasty, but it’s also common to have some fat deposits or muscle tissue removed.
While the results of blepharoplasty are long lasting, skin and other tissue continue to age and it’s possible to experience further drooping over time.
Most blepharoplasty patients are over 35, but drooping eyelids are often genetic and there’s no reason why you can’t have the procedure at a younger age. Anyone in good health and with a reasonable expectation for the outcome of surgery can choose this procedure.
Blepharoplasty doesn’t address lines and wrinkles beside your eyes, but it can often complement other cosmetic procedures around your eyes.
Discussing your goals and expectations with an eye surgeon is the next step. Contact us at any of our three locations in Bensalem and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, or Hamilton, New Jersey, to arrange a consultation by phone or online today.