Do You Look Tired After a Good Night’s Sleep?

As we age, our skin gradually becomes less elastic, and the areas around our eyes are no exception. Our upper eyelids have thin skin that can stretch and develop an extra fold that hangs down and obscures our vision. The muscles underneath our skin also grow weaker as we age, often creating protruding bags under our lower eyelids. And, often times, wrinkles (some deeper than others) will begin to form.

The result can be a tired, haggard appearance that makes us look older than we really are.

Fortunately, blepharoplasty (commonly known as eyelid surgery) can help freshen the area, resulting in a much more youthful, rested and alert appearance.

Should you get eyelid surgery?

This, of course, is an individual decision. But, in general, you’re a good candidate if you’re in overall good health and if you approach the surgery with realistic expectations. Eyelid surgery is most often performed on people who are age 35 and older, but it can be done earlier. Since droopy eyelids or bags under the eyes can run in families, patients who may be genetically predisposed to these issues may choose to have surgery performed at a younger age.

What can eyelid surgery treat?

Eyelid surgery can treat puffy, loose, or sagging upper eyelids, as well as droopy lower lids and bags under the eyes. It can also treat excess skin on the lower eyelids. Unfortunately, eyelid surgery cannot help dark circles under the eyes.

How long will results last?

The results of a well-performed blepharoplasty are typically long lasting. Nothing can stop the aging process, so it typically depends on the genetics of the patient. In my experience, most patients who have undergone eyelid surgery only need one in their lifetime.

What’s the next step?

If you’d like to find out if eyelid surgery is right for you, please call our office to schedule a consultation. I’ll examine your eyelids, talk to you about your goals and reasons for wanting surgery, and help you decide if the procedure is right for you. It’s important to note that eyelid surgery can easily be combined with other facial procedures including a brow lift or a facelift for even more dramatic results, which is what many of my patients opt to do.