Say Goodbye to Droopy Eyelids: How Blepharoplasty Can Transform Your Look


Say Goodbye to Droopy Eyelids: How Blepharoplasty Can Transform Your Look

Why Do My Eyes Look So Droopy?

Sometimes, a look in the mirror will reveal changes around the eyes. The skin does not look quite as tight and smooth as before, and sagging skin can appear. Eventually, there may even be droopy eyelids. A droopy eyelid occurs when there is excess skin near the upper eyelid. Also called ptosis, the extra skin collects and sags due to muscle loss, elasticity, and more fat. Excess movement of the area can weaken the muscle and bone, leading to sagging skin. Droopy eyelids can give the appearance of advanced aging or even impact vision. These signs can be addressed by blepharoplasty, a surgical procedure that can be transformative for the right candidate.

Potential consequences of ptosis

For most people, sagging skin is a natural part of aging. Some people, perhaps due to genetics, are more prone to ptosis than others. Other causes include injury, weakened bone and muscle, or a preexisting condition. Droopy eyelids aren’t a severe health problem. However, the situation can make individuals more self-conscious and reduce confidence. Sometimes, decreased peripheral vision, dryness, and redness can occur due to the droopiness. Poor sleep, stress, and lifestyle choices can further accelerate the issue. People with droopy eyelids often turn to an ophthalmologist or surgeon for a younger, fresher look.

Fixing the eyes

Once a patient decides to seek help, the medical professional will review the eyelids to determine the best course of action. For cosmetic purposes, some patients will prefer in-office procedures like injections or dermal fillers. However, these temporary solutions require return visits every 3-6 months. For more severe cases and long-term improvement, surgery is best. The gold standard of procedures, blepharoplasty, can successfully improve droopy eyelids.

A new look with eyelid surgery

Blepharoplasty removes the excess skin, fat, and tissue, causing droopy eyelids. The surgeon will make an incision along the natural curve of the upper eyelid. The skin is gently lifted to access the tissue above the eye. The surgeon will remove fat while repositioning the tissue. This step tightens the area and corrects the droopy eyelids. The excess skin is then removed, and the surgeon closes the incisions with special sutures. The incisions heal after several weeks with scars hidden in the natural folds of the eyelids. The procedure can be done within a few hours, and the patient can leave on the same day. After recovery, blepharoplasty will reveal smoother, wrinkle-free skin around the eyelids and correct the droopy skin impacting the patient’s look and vision.

Bye, bye droopy eyes

Sagging eyelids can be a natural form of aging or a genetic issue. Both reasons can be cosmetically unpleasant and may even impact vision. Over time, droopy eyelids can make the person look and feel much older and decrease self-esteem. If non-surgical options fail to improve the condition, blepharoplasty is an excellent procedure. By removing the skin, the patient will enjoy the results of the procedure for at least 5-7 years. The new, youthful look the surgery achieves is priceless.

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