As you age, your skin can lose elasticity and collagen, especially around the eyes. This change can lead to people appearing older than they actually are, and can also contribute to vision problems. When the muscles around your eyes weaken and your eyelid skin stretches, excess fat may gather around the eyes and cause saggy or droopy lids or bags under your eyes. A simple eyelid surgery can mitigate many of these problems.
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is performed for both cosmetic and functional purposes. It can be used for loose or sagging skin that contributes to excess fatty deposits, undereye bags, droopy eyelids, and excess skin of the lower eyelids. Loose, saggy skin or droopy eyelids can also impair vision, especially your peripheral vision, according to the Mayo Clinic. Eyelid surgery treats this by removing the skin around the eyes, in addition to muscle and fat.
Eyelid surgery can improve the appearance of droopy eyelids and rejuvenate the skin around the eyes. Most procedures are performed in an outpatient facility. Your surgeon will make the incisions along your natural eye creases to minimize scarring. You will typically receive a localized anesthetic and may also be given some type of medication to relax you. Some people choose to have this surgery performed in combination with other cosmetic procedures, such as a face-lift or brow lift.
The best candidates for eyelid surgery are adults in general good health, especially those who have no serious eye conditions. Those who smoke or have a medical condition that could impede the healing process may not be good candidates for surgery. If you smoke, you will be required to quit prior to your procedure in order to improve your healing process. Those who experience vision problems due to excess or loose skin around the eyes may be able to have their procedure covered by insurance.
Eyelid surgery may be an outpatient procedure with minimal risks, but it is still a surgery. For the best results, it’s important to choose a qualified plastic surgeon. First, make sure that the doctor you choose is particularly experienced in eyelid surgery.
When choosing a surgeon, one important consideration is whether a doctor is a cosmetic surgeon or a plastic surgeon. A plastic surgeon is a doctor who has undergone extensive training and residency after medical school, while a cosmetic surgeon is a doctor who does not have the same specialized training. To help you find the right doctor, look for one who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. In addition to reviewing the doctor’s education, experience, and background, you should also choose a surgeon with whom you feel comfortable and can trust.
Whether you need eyelid surgery to clear your line of sight or just want to appear younger, make sure that you are well informed about the procedure and the expected outcome so that you can make the best decision. Use your consultation with your surgeon as an opportunity to ask any questions and ensure that you feel comfortable with the doctor.
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