People often consider bright, clear eyes as a picture of youth and beauty. Therefore, smooth, wrinkle-free skin around the eyes gives your appearance a youthful glow. Unfortunately, aging often takes quite a toll on the skin on and around your eyelids. Your upper and lower eyelids may swell, sag or wrinkle over time, making you look and feel older than you really are. As your eyelids change shape, you may find it difficult to properly wear makeup, like mascara, eye shadow and eyeliner. Furthermore, underlying muscle damage could make you feel even older as fatigue sets in. Luckily, advances in cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid surgery can alleviate these problems. Read on to learn more about your surgical repair options.
Many patients complain that excess skin on the upper eyelids portrays and appearance of being mad, sad or angry. When looking at old pictures or friends and family when they were younger, you can see classic changes over time that are exemplified in the eyes. Oculo-Plastic Surgeons have the skill and expertise to appreciate these fine details and address droopy, wrinkled and sagging eyelid features.
Your surgeon will perform a thorough consultation to identify the areas that need correction and discuss the procedures with you to create a treatment plan. For example, if your upper eyelids are sagging down, you may need to have an upper eyelid blepharoplasty performed. This procedure pulls your skin back into shape to restore the natural contours of your eyes. After recovery, you will notice that your eyes look wider and brighter, even without any makeup.
Easier To Apply Makeup
If you prefer to wear makeup to define your eyes, you may find it difficult to correctly apply the products as aging skin droops over the contours. Eventually, the sagging, wrinkled skin around your eyes will make it impossible to highlight your features as you have done in the past. Your unique anatomy and concerns influence the procedures you need performed by the surgeon. For example, if you cannot wear eye shadow due to hooded eyelids, you may just need an upper eyelid blepharoplasty performed.
Alternatively, if your concealer fails to hide deeply wrinkled or swollen skin beneath your eyes, your eyelid surgeon might perform a lower eyelid blepharoplasty. You may also need fillers injected to remove deep wrinkles in the nasolabial folds and tear trough areas.
Less Facial Muscle Fatigue
Aging also wreaks havoc on the muscles that hold your eyelids open throughout the day. The muscles could even partially or fully detach from their anchor points, which is a condition called ptosis. Trying to live normally with this condition is fatiguing and distressing at best. As this condition slowly develops, you may struggle to keep your eyelids half open, which not only affects your appearance, but your vision as well. You may try to see better by tilting your head back or holding your eyes open with one hand.
If the muscles completely detach, one or both eyes may fail to open on command, leaving you effectively blind until you have your eyelid muscles repaired. Your eyelid surgeon can reattach the muscles and remove excess tissue to help your eyes stay open without any fatigue or unnatural head movements.
Preparing For The Procedures
Before you elect to have the procedures done, you will receive all of the information you need about expectations and recovery from your eyelid surgeon. Depending on your age and health, the proposed procedures might be performed either in the office or an outpatient center. One of the most important aspects of preparing to have any cosmetic procedure performed is knowing what to expect. When you meet with your surgeon, be sure to bring a list of questions and concerns that you would like to go over.