Our eyes often tell a lot about us. If we’re happy, sad, lying, or telling the truth. There is a reason they are often referred to as the gateway to the soul. It is one of the first things people notice about us. And while it is wonderful that people can read the simplest emotion from our eyes, we may not be overly thrilled when signs of aging begin to appear.
The skin around our eyes is very thin and delicate. Because of this, signs of aging tend to appear earlier than on other areas of the face. Aging upper eyelid skin can become saggy and droopy, occasionally leading to vision issues, while lower eyelid skin can develop puffiness. At Atlanta Plastic Surgery, we understand the importance of maintaining a youthful eye area, and we would like to address a few of the most common questions our patients ask us about eyelid surgery.
Why are my eyelids sagging?
Several factors can contribute to sagging eyelids, but aging is the most common condition. As we age, our skin will lose its elasticity and decrease collagen production, leading to sagging or drooping eyelids. Eyelid surgery, commonly known as blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess fat and skin that collects around the eye, restoring a youthful look to your eye area.
Will eyelid surgery improve my vision?
For certain types of vision impairments, eyelid surgery can provide a significant improvement. As we age, excess fat and skin tends to gather around our eyes. This excess fat can lead to drooping eyelids, impacting our visual field or peripheral vision. Blepharoplasty removes the excess fat and skin, restoring the previously blocked vision. In instances such as this, eyelid surgery can be a benefit, but blepharoplasty cannot resolve vision impairments affecting the structure of the eye.
Is there a certain age that I should consider eyelid surgery?
Patients who undergo this procedure are typically over 35, but that doesn’t mean you cannot undergo eyelid surgery at a younger age. We all experience the aging process differently, so some patients may consider certain cosmetic procedures sooner than others. Furthermore, certain patients dealing with visual field obstruction or peripheral vision impairments due to excess skin and/or eyelid fat may consider this procedure at an earlier age than other patients, especially if these characteristics are genetic.
Am I a good candidate for eyelid surgery?
The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for eyelid surgery is to schedule a consultation at Atlanta Plastic Surgery for an assessment with one of our surgeons. However, generally speaking, a suitable candidate is an individual who is seeking to remove excess fat and skin from their upper and/or lower eyelids to restore a healthy, youthful glow to their appearance or to correct certain types of vision impairment.
We understand that considering eyelid surgery is an important decision, and you may have additional questions outside of those listed above. If this is a procedure you have been considering, please contact Atlanta Plastic Surgery at one of our Atlanta, Cumming, Canton, or Lawrenceville area locations. Our knowledgeable staff looks forward to answering your questions. If you are interested in additional plastic surgery tips, recent practice news, and photos, follow us on Facebook and X (formerly Twitter).