The skin around your eyes is thin and delicate, making it one of the first areas of the face to show signs of aging. Droopy eyelids make you look like you never get enough sleep and appear older than your actual age.
You’re not alone if you’re embarrassed about your droopy eyelids. Eyelid surgery is the second most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States.
At Breast Body Beauty Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Aisha Baron, performs eyelid surgery to create a softer, more youthful appearance. If you’re embarrassed about your droopy eyelids, we can help.
Here, we will tell you how.
Why your eyelids droop
Your skin loses its strength and resilience as you age because of a decrease in the production of the skin’s structural proteins, collagen and elastin. When you combine the loss of your skin’s natural strength and elasticity with the pull of gravity and the thinness of the skin around your eyes, you get droopy eyelids.
The upper eyelid falls over the eyelashes, making you look chronically tired. Or, the falling eyelid may obstruct your vision. The sagging in the lower eyelid creates wrinkles and bulges.
The subcutaneous fat around the eye also shifts with age, causing the upper lids to look puffy and the lower lids to develop bags.
Eyelid surgery for droopy eyelids
Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that removes the excess skin from the upper and lower lid and repositions the fat to restore a more youthful, vibrant look.
We can perform surgery on the upper eyelid, the lower eyelid, or both. Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure, so you go home the same day. We perform the procedure using general anesthesia, so you’re asleep during the two-hour surgery.
Recovery after eyelid surgery is faster than other types of cosmetic procedures. Though you can expect swelling and bruising immediately after blepharoplasty, your eyelids should look normal within a week or two.
Can eyelid surgery help me?
If you’re unhappy about your droopy eyelids and are in good overall health, eyelid surgery might help you. Before making any treatment recommendations, our plastic surgeon conducts a comprehensive evaluation to see if this procedure makes the right choice for you.
We perform eyelid surgery to treat:
- Loose skin that changes the natural contours of the upper eyelid
- Shifting fat that creates puffy upper eyelids
- Droopy lower eyelids
- Lower eyelid bags
Most eyelid surgeries are cosmetic. However, if your droopy eyelids obstruct vision, the procedure is medical and may be covered by insurance.
Not everyone with droopy eyelids needs surgery. We sometimes use cosmetic injections like Botox® or Juvéderm® to rejuvenate the eyes and restore your youthful look.
Don’t let your droopy eyelids keep you from living your life. We can help. Call our Marietta, Georgia office, or request a consultation online today.