As we get older, eyelids typically start to sag and sometimes feel heavy. This can make a person feel uncomfortable and look older. If you are tired of droopy lids, you may choose to have elective eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty. The following information can help you decide if eye surgery is right for you.

In your late 30s or early 40s, you generally notice several changes in your eyelids. This is part of the aging process, in which the thin skin of our eyelids begins to lose elasticity. After they begin to stretch, many people experience excess folds of skin that may even hang down from the upper eyelids. The sensation caused by skin feeling heavy on your lashes may be the reason for you to take the first step. Since vision can sometimes be impaired, a forehead lift may also be suggested to improve peripheral vision.

When we age, the muscles in our skin become weaker so fat can protrude and cause bags in the lower eyelids. Fine lines, wrinkles and creases start to appear in the delicate, thin skin around the lids. The result is often a sad or tired look, which makes the eye area look less attractive and older.

Changes in the natural beauty of the eye area are largely determined by genetics and heredity. If one of your parents had saggy eyelids, chances are that you will too. Eyelid surgery corrects the drooping of upper eyelids and removes puffy bags below the eyes. Removing excess fat deposits, skin and muscle tissue will restore a more youthful appearance.

The following conditions can be treated with blepharoplasty procedures:

  • Puffiness or swelling in the upper eyelid area caused by excess fat
  • Sagging and loose skin creating folds or disturbing the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision
  • Fine wrinkles and excessive skin of the lower eyelid
  • Under-eye bags
  • Droopiness and heaviness of the lower eyelids

Every adult woman and man is a good candidate for eyelid surgery if they have healthy facial muscles and tissue, are non-smokers, and do not have any medical conditions affecting the healing process. A patient should have realistic goals for how the upper and/or lower eyelids and surrounding eye area can be improved.

The procedure may be performed in a licensed outpatient surgery center or at a hospital. Recovery time is typically short and the cost is relatively low. Under normal conditions, patients are able to return to their regular routine and daily activities within seven to ten days. Immediately after the eyelid surgery, you may experience some discomfort, swelling, bruising, or dry eyes. These conditions are controlled with medication, ointment and sometimes with cold compresses.

Dr. Kole, our experienced board-certified plastic surgeon, will provide you with detailed information about your surgery. We encourage you to ask detailed questions during the consultation, read reviews on Google, and look at the before and after images in our photo gallery.