You may be a good candidate for blepharoplasty if you want to improve the appearance of your eyelids and are in fairly good overall health, have no active eye infections going on and have not smoked for at least a few weeks leading up to the time of the procedure. Blepharoplasty is more commonly known as an eyelid lift. It is a surgical procedure that is done to tighten the skin around the eyelids and eliminate drooping.
As you age, your skin starts to loosen. Visible signs of the loosening show up in various forms depending on the location. Lines and wrinkles can develop across the forehead, around the mouth and along the outside edges of the eyes. Some sagging of the skin will also be noticeable, especially around the jowls. The upper eyelids can begin to droop to the point that they cover part of the upper eye. The lower lids will begin to pull away from the eye and expose more of the white part of the eye than normal.
When your eyelids droop, they may make you look older than you are. If they droop far enough, they can even block your field of vision and put you in dangerous situations when doing things like driving an automobile. In these cases, blepharoplasty may be considered medically necessary.
Blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both. While our plastic surgeon can work directly with you to personalize the procedure to your needs, the process generally consists of removing excess skin and fatty tissue from the area. There is a layer of fat that provides a cushion between the eye and the skull. The membrane that holds it in place weakens with age for most people. This allows the fatty layer to move forward and end up in the eyelids. As a result, the eyelids will drop even further and may also appear puffy. The added weight makes it harder for the muscles to keep the eyelids completely open.
The muscles that work the eyelids can also have a harder time keeping them completely open when they become weak. This is a natural part of the aging process. Between the loosening of the skin, the fatty tissue moving forward and the muscles becoming weaker, the eyelids can cause an individual to look much older. As a result, many patients turn to blepharoplasty, which may improve their appearance.
If you are noticing sagging eyelids when you look in the mirror or your range of vision is impacted by severely drooping eyelids, make an appointment with Mr. Salerno at Real Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery to learn more about the possibility of blepharoplasty. Contact our office in Melbourne to schedule your initial consultation and find out if this procedure could be right for you.