25 May Who is a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
Our eye muscles are considered some of the busiest and strongest muscles in our entire body – after reading a book for an hour, your eyes will have moved nearly 10,000 times. Our eyelids also have the thinnest skin of the body, so as we get older, the skin stretches, the muscles weaken, and fat pockets start to expand. It’s no wonder that our eyes and eyelids are generally the first part of our face to show aging. And because people generally look at your eyes when speaking to you, eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty, is often the most effective way to dramatically subtract years from your face and elevate your self-esteem.
No longer a practice solely reserved for celebrities, and the rich and famous, eyelid surgery has become quite affordable, and patients who originally want a full facelift are enthusiastically amazed with how youthful they appear after an eyelid surgery.
Cosmetic injections and fillers can temporarily keep your eyelid area looking smoother and more youthful, but for more significant and permanent results you may want to consider eyelid surgery to decrease sagging and puffy eyelids. It should be noted, however, that over time, natural aging and the sun will continue to reduce your skin’s elasticity, but you will not need to undergo the procedure again for many years.
Depending on your specific issues, which the medical staff at Ulmer Dermatology can discuss with you, there are different types of eyelid surgery…
- Upper Eyelid Surgery: The most common procedure that removes extra skin that hangs over the upper eyelids. There are variations on how this is accomplished. Sometimes only skin is removed and other times extra skin as well as redundant muscle is removed. Other times, extra skin, extra muscle, and any protuberant fat is also removed. The anatomy of the patient determines which technique is most appropriate. This procedure is generally used to improve vision loss as well as appearance by restoring eye functions or yielding a more rounded, open eye.
- Lower Eyelid Surgery: The first technique of lower eyelid blepharoplasty focuses on removing the excess fat deposits that bulge under the yes as well as excess lower lid skin if needed. The newer technique removes fat from a small incision on the inside of the lower lid. This technique removes the fat from the inside of the eye leaving no residual scar. The lower skin is then tightened with a light 30% TCA peel. This removes discoloration, fine lines, and cross-hatch wrinkles as well as dramatically reducing dark circles.
- Skin Pinch for Lower Blepharoplasty: This procedure involves taking out a small amount of skin just below the lashes. This procedure can yield very good results without the risk of ectropion as the muscle and septum are not violated. Skin peels are often employed after skin removal to remove fine lines.
Ideal candidates for upper blepharoplasty include anyone with excess skin who looks like they have skin folding over their eyelids. For example, women who cannot see their eye shadow or men when have skin that hangs over the upper eyelid and gives the appearance of a very tired or sleepy person.
For lower eyelids, anyone who has bags or puffiness that makes them look older and tired is a great candidate for lower blepharoplasty. If there is wrinkled skin on the lower eyelids, then a pinch excision of the skin and an acid peel can also be performed.
Blepharoplasty can effectively improve the appearance of:
- Droopy eyelids
- Puffy or under-eye bags or circles
- Excessive skin around the eyes
- Mad or tired-looking eyes
- Excess upper eyelid skin
Recovery time varies by procedure. Contact Ulmer Dermatology today to determine if blepharoplasty is right for you.