As you age, eyelids can start to sag. Not only can they make a person look older, but they may begin to feel heavy. If you are experiencing drooping eyelids, you may wonder if an elective blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is right for you.
Several changes start to occur in our eyelids as we age. By your late 30s or early 40s, the thin skin of our eyelids begins to lose its elasticity and start to stretch, resulting in excess folds of skin that, in some cases, may actually hang down over the edge of the upper eyelids. In most people, this skin is the “first to go.” You may feel an extra heaviness in the upper lid or feel the skin sitting on your lashes. In some cases, a forehead lift might also be advised to increase peripheral vision.
The procedure can be done on just the upper eyelids or both the upper and lower. Many patients have the upper eyelids procedure done under minimal anesthesia, allowing them to recuperate faster and get back to work in under a week.
The lower eyelid area is something that needs additional medical attention to correctly diagnose the problem. Occasionally, it can be due to too much fat, too much skin, or perhaps not enough of either. For this reason, it is imperative to have a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon well skilled in these areas, such as Dr. Laliberte at Radiance Plastic Surgery.
There are three distinctly different types of eyelid procedures. The eyelid procedure you will require can vary depending on the shape of your eyes and other health conditions factors. One of these three types will be recommended by Dr. Laliberte:
Upper Eyelid Surgery: This type of blepharoplasty is generally used to improve vision loss and appearance of the eye due to aging or genetics. As the name implies, it’s focused on the upper eyelid. This type of surgery can restore the function of the eye or provide a more rounded, open appearance.
Lower Eyelid Surgery: This procedure is centered around the lower lid and eyes, focusing on the removal of wrinkles in the skin, correction of baggy eyes and improving appearance.
Double Eyelid Surgery: In a double eyelid surgery, a crease is made in the upper eyelid, creating a wider, larger-looking eye. This is the procedure that has recently gained huge traction and popularity in East Asia, and the one most often referenced in relation to blepharoplasty as a whole.
Eyelid lifts can have a drastic effect on your face and improve your self-confidence. If you are considering a blepharoplasty procedure, your next step will be arranging a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon.
Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon is key to your decision-making process. A board-certified plastic surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), which is the only board the American Board of Medical Specialties recognizes to certify doctors in the full range of plastic and reconstructive procedures. Dr. Laliberte at Radiance Plastic Surgery is a board-certified plastic surgeon and additionally, a trained specialist in surgical eyelid procedures. His artistic and highly technical approach produces natural results tailored to enhance and complement your specific goals and circumstances.