Droopy eyelids are often attributed to age, but they can affect anyone and everyone—even children. Gravity and time have a negative effect on skin and muscles, especially the area around the eyes. As we age, muscle tone decreases, and skin loses elasticity. This often results in saggy eyelids, or ptosis. Age is not the only cause of ptosis though. Medical conditions, injuries, and nerve damage can also leave eyelids droopier than normal. If droopy eyelids are impacting your vision or your self-esteem, talk to your doctor about options for improvement. Whether you are looking to improve your appearance or looking to correct a functional problem, cosmetic eye surgery can rejuvenate your look and improve the appearance of your eyelids.
Cosmetic Eye Surgery
Cosmetic eyelid surgery can make you look and feel younger. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can reduce eyelid drooping, eye bag removal, and more. Blepharoplasty is often called eye lift surgery, this procedure can treat drooping eyelids, bags under the eyes, wrinkles in the lower eyelid, and puffiness in the upper and lower eyelids. Additionally, blepharoplasty can correct folds in the upper eyelid that impair vision.
Droopy eyes, or “bedrooms eyes,” are usually the result of aging. Severe droopiness can contribute to vision problems. Droopy eyes aren’t the only common eye complaint. Puffiness around the eyes occurs as we age but can be exacerbated by medical issues, stress, and genetics. There are fat pads on the upper and lower eyelids, and sometimes these move forward or fill with fluid, which creates puffiness around the eyes. Eye plastic surgery can remove, reposition, or replace these pads to reduce the puffiness.
Cosmetic eye surgery, including under-eye bag surgery and droopy eye surgery, can treat a number of issues and conditions including:
· Bags under the eyes
· Drooping lower eyelids
· Excess skin and wrinkles of the lower eyelid
· Impaired vision caused by loose or sagging skin of the upper eyelid
· Puffiness caused by fat deposits in the eyelids
What to Expect from Eyelid Surgery
There are always risks associated with facial plastic surgery, so you should be ready to discuss the following with your doctor at your consultation:
· Your surgical goals
· Medical conditions, allergies, previous treatments and surgeries, previous and current eye problems
· Medications, alcohol, tobacco, and drug use
The following is a rough outline of what to expect during a cosmetic eye surgery procedure.
1. Anesthesia will be used during the procedure to ensure your comfort.
2. Your doctor will make small incisions. The incision lines for eyelid surgery are placed within the natural structures of your eyelid to conceal any scars. For work on the upper eyelid, your doctor will make an incision in the eyelid crease. Through this incision, the doctor can remove or reposition the fat pads, tighten muscles, or remove excess skin. For work on the lower eyelid, an incision will be made just below the lower lash line. With eye bag surgery, excess fat can be removed or redistributed.
3. Alternatively, an incision can be made on the inside of the lower eyelid.
4. The incisions are closed with sutures or skin glue.
5. Your doctor might also recommend a laser or chemical peel to reduce discoloration of the lower eyelids.
The benefits of cosmetic eye surgery are numerous, and you can expect a smoother and better-defined eyelid and eye region. Your eyes will look rejuvenated and more alert. Say goodbye to undereye bags and say hello to improved vision and a refreshed and youthful appearance. If you suffer from droopy eyelids or undereye bags, talk to your doctor about cosmetic eye surgery.