Droopy eyelids can be an unfortunate part of the aging process. Both men and women in Tampa, FL can develop sagging eyelids as they grow older and as the thin skin over the eyes loses elasticity. Many start seeking a solution to fix this problem because friends and family often ask “are you feeling ok” or “are you getting enough sleep?” Droopy eyelids often make it look like you are tired all the time or worse….it can appear that you are impaired by drugs or alcohol. No matter how much sleep you get, if the skin over the eyelids has begun to sag, there are no over-the-counter solutions to make you appear alert.
The eyes are the focal point of the face and women put great emphasis on this area when putting on make-up, styling their hair, and even choosing which colors to incorporate into their wardrobe. Unfortunately, the skin around the eyes is the most sensitive and is also the most exposed to aging factors like the sun, chemicals in make-up, cigarette smoke, and other impurities in our environment which causes eyelids to age faster than other parts of the face.
Causes of Droopy Eyelids
Drooping around the eyes is most commonly an age related condition but can also be the result of a health condition. Some people are even born with droopy eyelids and it often becomes more noticeable in their adulthood. With age, nearly everyone begins to lose the collagen and elastin in the skin tissue. Areas with thinner skin will show the damage more readily and the skin will begin to drape and develop extra folds. Gravity will make the condition more apparent and the eyelids will drop to a half-mast position permanently.
When the eyelid sags and becomes droopy, a person will often look very sleep deprived or sick even though they are wide awake and perfectly healthy. Droopy eyelids can even obscure the vision, especially peripheral vision which can make it dangerous to drive. This usually happens in both sets of eyelids, although occasionally some people develop bags only above one eye. This can actually look worse if only one eyelid is droopy as it disrupts the symmetry of the face. “Many of my patients have beautiful eyes but the attention is drawn to the sagging eyelid instead of the eyes themselves. That is why I recommend upper blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery to correct the problem.” says Dr. Dominic Castellano a board-certified facial plastic surgeon in Tampa.
Upper Eyelid Surgery for Droopy Eyelids
Upper eyelid surgery, or upper blepharoplasty, is a minimally invasive procedure done to remove excess skin and fat from the upper eyelids. During this surgery, a very small incision is made along the natural fold of the eyelid- thus makes any scarring undetectable. Board certified facial surgeon, Dr. Dominic, often uses laser technology to make the incision to reduce swelling and bruising as well as speed up recovery time. The eyelid surgery will tighten up the upper eyelids and make the patient look years younger and far more alert. The end result is a naturally well-rested and rejuvenated appearance. Patients can expect about a week to 10 days of recovery time following the surgery and the correction can last a lifetime.
If you are interested in learning more about how to rejuvenate your skin and reduce signs of aging, feel free to schedule a complimentary consultation at Elite Facial Plastic Surgery in Tampa. Elite Facial Plastic Surgery is a fully accredited medical facility under the direction of Dr. Dominic Castellano. Dr. Dominic is a highly respected, board-certified facial plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. The medical team is highly trained and specializes in facial cosmetic surgery and injectable procedures. Call (813) 975-3223 today to schedule your complimentary visit or go to our website for more information.