Our wonderful, beautiful eyes! They communicate, show emotion, view the world and give us a vision of all we love and hold near and dear. Usually our eyes are a great asset to our appearance and a positive feature on our face. As we age, so does the skin around the upper and lower eyelids. Over the years, eyelids can start to sag and make us look older, and tired. If you are experiencing droopy eyelids, you may wonder if a blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is right for you. Several changes occur in our eyelids as we age. The thin skin of our eyelids start to lose its elasticity and begins to stretch, resulting in excess folds of skin that may actually hang down over the edge of the upper eyelids. In most people, this skin is the “first to go”. You may feel an extra heaviness in the upper lid or feel the skin sitting on your lashes.
As we get older, the muscles beneath our skin also grows weaker, allowing fat to protrude through and cause bags, particularly in the lower eyelids. The levator muscle, which lifts the upper eyelid, can become weak causing the upper eyelid to droop. Fine wrinkle lines and creases appear in the delicate skin around the lids. The result is a tired, sleepy or sad look. These changes detract from the natural beauty of our eyes and adds years to our appearance.
Aging around the eyes is to a large extent determined by heredity. Chances are, if a parent had saggy eyelids, you will too! Blepharoplasty is a very common procedure. It corrects drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags below the eyes by removing excess fat and skin. It goes a long way in restoring a youthful appearance with minimal cost, risk and recovery time. In fact, many people choose blepharoplasty because it can be done in the office without general anesthesia Once we understand the process, it makes it much easier to make a decision.
To be continued – Part 2 – What Improvements Will I See With Eyelid Surgery
Charles J. Gaudet, MD, FACS
Piscataqua Plastic Surgery
330 Borthwick Avenue, Suite 206
Portsmouth, NH 03801