When it comes to looking younger, many people do not automatically consider eyelid surgery as one of the best options. But this surgery (known as Blepharoplasty) can be one of the most dramatic in changing ones appearance for the better. The eyes are the focal point of the face so if your eyelids are puffy, droopy or wrinkly then you will look much older than your years.
If you frequently get questions such as: “Are you tired?” or “Are you angry”” when you are not, it may be that your eyelids are the cause of the concern. Whether because of age, sun-damage or a genetic trait inherited from your parents, droopy eyelids can make you appear less awake or vibrant than you feel. Unfortunately, this condition cannot be easily fixed with over the counter products or home remedies. People may suggest that you place teabags or cucumber slices over the eyelids to shrink the excess skin but this rarely works to solve the problem over the long term.
Your eyes are one of the first areas where age or skin damage begins to show. This is partly because the skin of the eyelids and around the eyes is very thin. Also this is a “high-traffic” area of the face where your skin is subject to a lot of activity. Blinking, squinting and making facial expressions all involve movement of the skin around the eyes.
According to Dr. Michael Jasin, a facial plastic surgeon in Tampa, Florida, the natural progression of facial aging starts with crow’s feet or wrinkles around the outside of the eyes. Next, these wrinkles extend across the lower eyelid and then up into the upper eyelid. Over time, the skin of the eyelids will become lax which causes a droopy tired look even if when fully awake. The outer angle of the eye can begin to sag and eyelids take on a hooded look. In the later stages, these eye hoods can obscure peripheral vision. When lower lids droop, bags under the eyes form and dark circles emerge. If left untreated, the lower lid will continue to sag and create scleral show. Scleral show is where too much of the white of the eye appears under the iris (or colored part of the eyeball). This look is associated with advanced old age and for some people in their middle years, tired droopy eyelids can be incongruous with their true vitality.
The solution to repairing hanging eyelids is blepharoplasty (or eyelid surgery). A well-qualified plastic surgeon can restore the eyelids though a surgical procedure which will involve a small incision in the upper or lower eyelid. A small incision is made in the natural fold of the eyelid, so that the scar becomes inconspicuous. Dr. Jasin uses a laser to make the incision, which helps to reduce bruising and swelling. The doctor will then remove excess tissue and fat and tighten up with remaining skin with a series of very small sutures. The results of eyelid surgery can be amazing. Patients that have had this procedure will look more alert and usually much younger. This can help return the profile of the eye to its natural shape, reduce bags, creases and wrinkles.
To find out if you are a good candidate for this type of procedure, we recommend that you consult a board certified plastic surgeon at an accredited medical facility such as the Elite Facial Plastic Surgery in Florida. Candidates for this surgery should be in good health, have realistic expectations about the surgery and not be suffering from any infections or allergies. Also certain underlying eye disease such as Grave’s disease, dry eyes or glaucoma may need to be addressed before you are considered for blepharoplasty. In most cases, eyelid surgery can provide a long-term solution to the problem of tired, aging eyes.