Blepharoplasty, also known as an eye lift, is a procedure to correct the sagging or drooping of the eyelids and the removal of excess fat, and skin.
As we age, it is common to see more laxity in our skin, bags below the eye, and sagging of the skin above the eye. Sometimes it gets so bad that the upper lid seems to disappear underneath the extra fatty area under the brow bone.
The superior visual field can be compromised in some people with “hooding” where the skin overlaps over the eyelid. Patients complain of eyelids closing on them when trying to read, or headaches from lifting the eyebrow muscles to open the eyes.
Even with good skincare and eye care, wrinkles, puffiness, and drooping eyelid skin can catch up to you. Genetic factors and body chemistry can cause these aging effects in younger people.
Blepharoplasty can give a more youthful appearance to an otherwise older, more tired looking, face. It may also improve your vision, and alleviate other symptoms.
Blepharoplasty treats drooping eyelid skin, but not drooping eyelids, eyebrows, or wrinkles. It is often performed with another cosmetic surgery such as a brow lift to improve droopy eyebrows, crow’s feet, and facial sagging.
Am I a Candidate for Blepharoplasty?
The best candidates for blepharoplasty are physically healthy and are well informed about the surgery. Typically candidates are at least 35, though genetic factors may indicate treatment for younger people.
Candidates may be excluded if they have any of the following conditions:
- dry eyes
- high blood pressure
- cardiovascular disease
- Graves’ disease
In some cases when the excess eyelid skin causes visual impairment, insurance may cover a blepharoplasty procedure. It is important to consult with an experienced eye surgeon to determine the best treatment options suitable for you. Contact us today to find out!