Your eyes are the window to your soul. Growing old is never easy, and for some adjusting to physical changes is more difficult due to exaggerated aging symptoms. In certain individuals, excess, loose, puffy and paper thin skin around the eyes becomes obvious and can have negative physical and emotional effects. In these instances, eyelid surgery is a viable option for those who suffer from upper or lower eyelid droopiness.
The upper eyelid in an adult should have about one inch of skin between the middle of the eyebrow to the eyelashes. In severe cases, blepharoplasty may become medically indicated, as the skin will actually block the patient’s vision. Fat in the upper eyelid may also push forward giving the upper eyelid a full, bulging appearance. Correcting these features is critical to giving the upper eyelid a more youthful, fresh, and energetic appearance.
What are the different options?
During a consultation at the Soderstrom Skin Institute, patients will decide with their plastic surgeon what procedures are best. Surgery of the upper eyelid requires removal of three things: extra skin, extra muscle, and extra fat. In some instances it may be ideal to use eyelid surgery in combination with other treatments such as Botox, chemical peels or laser resurfacing.
The following are conditions that may indicate the need for eyelid surgery:
- Excess skin obscuring the natural fold of the upper eyelids
- Loose skin hanging down from the upper eyelids, making the eyes look tired
- A puffy appearance to the upper eyelids, making the eyes look tired
- Bags and dark circles under the eyes
- Lower eyelid droopiness
The procedure will take from one hour to two and half hours depending on the complexity of the procedure performed. Recovery time is minimal and patients can expect to return to public within a week to ten days.