Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is a safe and effective facial rejuvenation procedure that delivers noticeable anti-aging results. However, it is not right for everyone. In this post, Dr. Charles S. Lee, a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon at Enhance® Medical Center, reveals signs that you could possibly benefit from eyelid surgery.
The Skin of Your Upper Eyelids Is Loose and Saggy
The first indication that you could benefit from blepharoplasty is that the skin on your upper eyelids is loose and saggy. This can contribute to a chronically fatigued facial expression. During upper eyelid surgery, loose skin is reduced and the surrounding tissues and muscles are tightened to create a more youthful and rested expression.
Your Lower Eyelids Are Puffy or Droopy
Another sign you could possibly benefit from lower eyelid surgery is that your lower eyelids are puffy or droopy. Depending on how droopy your lids are, they may reveal white below your iris (making you look sad). During lower eyelid surgery, redundant skin is removed and excess fat is removed or redistributed to eliminate the puffiness. The eyelid muscles can be tightened as well.
You Have Fine Wrinkles or Bags Underneath Your Eyes
Eyelid surgery can also help improve the appearance of fine lines around the eyelids, as well as bags underneath the eyes. Fat pockets that create the illusion of “bags” are redistributed or reduced in order to smooth the area under the eyes and soften the transition between the under-eye area and the upper cheek.
It’s Difficult to Apply Eye Makeup
Some women find that saggy or loose, “crepe paper-like” skin makes it difficult to properly apply eyeliner or eyeshadow. Trimming and tightening the eyelid skin creates a smoother and firmer “canvas” for applying eye makeup that better complements the eyes.
You Have Excess Eyelid Skin Drooping into Your Field of Vision
Sometimes the skin on the upper eyelids can become so loose or saggy that it droops over the lashline, obstructing your field of vision. As a result, you may need to squint or even tilt your head back in order to see what’s in front of you. It can be very advantageous to your vision and overall quality of life to have the excess folds of skin removed.
The best way to determine whether eyelid surgery is right for your personal needs and goals is to see a board certified plastic surgeon for a physical evaluation and consultation. To make an appointment with Dr. Lee, please call 310-271-5954 or email Enhance® Medical Center today.