Has anyone ever said to you, “You look so tired?”  If that has only happened on occasion, it may be because you really are tired.  If it happens often, it may be the result of sagging eyelids that make you look tired even when you are rested and feeling well.   Unfortunately, aging affects the eyes and the areas surrounding the eyes in multiple ways.  Wrinkles and crow’s feet appear at the corners of the eyes.  Upper eyelids begin to sag and lower eyelids can become puffy and droopy.  Women often begin to notice sagging eyelids sooner than men because their eye makeup doesn’t go on as easily as it did when they were younger. Sagging eyelids can cause us our faces to age much more quickly.  The good news is that a blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can easily restore youth to the eyes resulting in a dramatic rejuvenation of the entire face.

How do sagging eyelids happen?

There are many reasons that eyes age, but at the heart of it all are the muscles and skin of the face.  The skin in the eyelids can start to lose elasticity as a person reaches the mid-30’s or early 40’s.  This causes the eyelids to stretch and fold over, causing a drawn, tired appearance.  At the same time, the levator muscle, which is the muscle that holds the upper eyelid, can become weaker.  Once it weakens it doesn’t hold the eyelid as taught, giving a droopy appearance.  Combine that with the wrinkles that appear around the eyes from everyday facial expressions like squinting and laughing and you end up with eyes that can age faster than the rest of the face. Sagging eyelids can be caused by natural aging, by environmental factors like the sun and often by heredity as well.  Whatever the cause, sagging eyelids are especially bothersome to many people because they can’t be camouflaged by makeup or hidden, causing people to become very self-conscious about the tired, sometimes sad look of their eyes.

How do you correct sagging eyelids?

Sagging eyelids are corrected with a cosmetic surgery procedure called a blepharoplasty.  This procedure can be performed on the upper and lower eyelids in combination or separately, depending on the nature Eyelid Surgery Before and Afterof the problem. Blepharoplasty is used to treat sagging eyelids, but it is also used to treat puffiness in the upper eyelids caused by excess fatty deposits, excess skin and fine lines on the lower eyelid, bags under the eyes and droopiness of the lower eyelids.  The procedure removes loose skin and bulging fat pockets from both the upper and lower eyelids.  The surgical incisions are usually well hidden in the crease above the eye and below the eyelashes on the lower eyelid.  An upper lid blepharoplasty is often accompanied by a brow lift in order to hold the brow in a natural elevated position. Fine lines, droopy skin and some wrinkles will also be removed while treating sagging eyelids and sometimes crow’s feet are also treated with Botox as a finishing touch.

Am I a candidate for blepharoplasty?

Not everyone is a candidate for blepharoplasty.  There are times when sagging eyelids are caused by conditions other than aging, so it is important to consult with a qualified cosmetic surgeon, like Dr. Castellano, before making the decision to have this or any cosmetic surgery procedure.  Dr. Castellano is double board certified and will review your health, history and your needs before making a recommendation.  Elite Facial Plastic Surgery is a fully accredited medical facility staffed with highly trained medical personnel ready to care for all of your needs. Call today at (813) 975-3223 to schedule your complimentary consultation, or e-mail us for more information.

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