For most people, the eyes begin to show signs of aging before other areas of the face. This happens because of gravity and a loss of youthful volume over time, leading to upper and lower eyelids that sag and take away from the natural contours. Additionally, this can be the result of genetics, leading to less eyelid space and difficulty wearing eye makeup. In either case, eyelid surgery can be a beneficial way to restore the eyes and rejuvenate your upper face.
Many patients opt for eyelid surgery because they experience sagging skin and fat around their eyes that causes them to look tired or aged, even if they do not feel like it. Additionally, many patients with hooded eyes experience creasing or reduced staying power from their makeup, even with the best products. Some of the benefits of this procedure include:
- Reducing or eliminating dark circles under the eyes
- Eliminating hollows in the eyes
- Eliminating eye puffiness
- Removing deep folds in the eyelids
- Opening up the eye region
- Removing bags from underneath the eyes
- Removing excess skin which results in wrinkles and droopy eyelids
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a simple surgical procedure that can restore the eyes and reshape sagging skin and fat, making it an effective option for many patients.
In general, ideal blepharoplasty candidates are men and women in good overall health who would like to correct one or more of the following signs of aging in the eye region:
- Sagging or wrinkling in the upper or lower eyelid skin
- Drooping in the upper eyelids
- Hollows under the eyes that create an appearance of dark bags
- Lost upper eyelid crease
- Excess skin in the upper eyelid that negatively impacts your visual field
- Puffy fat deposits in the lower eyelid which make you look tired
While the most common ages for blepharoplasty range from your 40s to 70s, Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir are seeing an increasing number of men and women in their mid to late 30s who are experiencing the early signs of aging and would like to restore a more youthful appearance. However, each patient ages at a different rate and your plastic surgeon can make a professional recommendation about your options. Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir may recommend a brow lift or facelift in conjunction with eyelid surgery for more comprehensive facial rejuvenation results.
Eyelid surgery is performed slightly differently for the upper and lower eyelids. They can be performed separately or together, according to your goals.
Upper lid blepharoplasty typically involves the removal of excess skin to produce a youthful crease in the upper eyelid without a redundant fold of skin. In some cases, the muscle and fat of the upper eyelid can also be addressed to achieve your goals. The procedure leaves a nearly invisible scar on the upper eyelid that is concealed by the natural lid crease. In some cases, sagging upper eyelids can be corrected with a brow lift instead, and your plastic surgeon will discuss your options during a consultation.
Lower lid blepharoplasty is frequently performed through an incision inside the lower eyelid, called a transconjunctival incision. The procedure elevates and softens the junction between the lower eyelid and the cheek, restoring a youthful appearance to the lower eyelids. Fat from the three distinct pockets in the lower eyelid are removed and repositioned to eliminate the appearance of dark circles and bags underneath the eyes. As with upper eyelid surgery, your scar will be nearly invisible.
You can expect some swelling, bruising, and dryness after your procedure, but this can be managed with prescribed medications. Additionally, ice packs can help manage discomfort. It is important to avoid touching or rubbing your eyes, and medicated eye drops can be beneficial. Most patients feel comfortable returning to work and social engagements after one week, although it is important to rest and keep your head elevated during this time.
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Our board-certified plastic surgeons have over 20 years of experience in facial cosmetic surgery and can produce excellent results with eyelid surgeries. To get started on discussing your options for facial rejuvenation, contact our Phoenix office by calling or filling out our online form. We serve patients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, and the surrounding areas of Arizona.