With age, it’s normal for your body to begin to feel the effects of gravity. Skin becomes loose, fat accumulates where it hasn’t before, and it seems like nowhere on the body is safe from it.
Indeed, even the eyelids can feel the effects of the passage of time. These can have some surprisingly negative effects.
Luckily, these days all you need is a simple procedure called a blepharoplasty if droopy eyelids are a problem. Keep reading for 3 signs it’s time to have your droopy eyelids taken care of!
1. You Notice the Symptoms
Blepharoplasty can treat a variety of inconvenient symptoms. These symptoms include:
- Puffy eyelids
- Bags under the eyes
- Lower eyelids drooping so much that the whites of your eyes are visible
- Sagging skin above the eyes
- Difficulty keeping your eyes open because they are so heavy
These symptoms can range in severity. Only you can make the judgment call on whether you want to consider blepharoplasty.
2. It Affects Your Confidence
The change in your outward appearance can be so drastic that it has negative consequences on your self-esteem. Looks matter more to some than others.
Having options to feel better about the way you look is not a bad thing. Eyelid surgery can help you achieve a more youthful look thanks to a simple cosmetic surgery!
3. You’re Having Difficulty Seeing
In some cases, blepharoplasty is more than a cosmetic choice. Saggy skin can get so bad that it affects your vision.
This occurs when the skin hangs or swells to the point that it is physically blocking the pupil. In these cases, blepharoplasty can actually be life-changing.
How a Blepharoplasty is Done
A blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure, so you will be in and out of the office on the same day. During the procedure, the surgeon will need to make incisions in your eyelids.
There is a recovery period so expect to take some time off. If you have both the upper and lower eyelids worked on, then the surgeon will usually begin the corrections on the upper eyelid.
The incision on the upper eyelid is cleverly made in the natural fold of the skin where the eyelid opens. This obscures any potential scarring.
It’s an easy point of access for the surgeon to perform the necessary work. Sagging eyelids often involve more than an increase of fat or a loss of elasticity in the skin.
The eyelids need muscles to operate, and these muscles can begin to weaken. During the procedure, the surgeon removes or reallocates fat and excess skin.
They may need to reattach certain muscles to strengthen and lighten the eyelid. The lower lid involves much of the same process.
As there is no fold to cut along, the surgeon will either cut along the lash line or inside the lower eyelid itself. Both incisions will need stitches.
Recovering from blepharoplasty may take a few weeks. Any initial bruising and swelling should subside within about 12 days.
You will need to take special care of your eyelids as you recover. This means icing often and taking it easy for some time.
Book an appointment at Stahl Eyecare Experts in Garden City, NY to learn more about eyelid surgery!