Do people ask if you’re sick, sad, or tired when you feel alert and well-rested? If this is a common occurrence, or you’re unhappy with how your eyes look, you may need cosmetic help. Though they may be the windows to the soul, the eyes are often the first area to show the signs of aging.
The goal of eyelid surgery is to eliminate droopy upper lids and resolve undereye circles. It can change people’s impression of you from an angry or unapproachable person to someone who’s happy and open. Here are some signs that eyelid surgery is right for you.
Droopy Upper Eyelids
In addition to making you look tired and old, droopy upper eyelids can affect your vision, impairing your sight if they droop too low. An upper blepharoplasty can treat this problem. This surgical correction can improve eye function, giving your eyes a better line of vision while enhancing your facial appearance.
No Crease in the Upper Eyelid
A common problem with an aging eyelid is that there is no visible fold. Although this symptom is not as prevalent as others, it makes perfect sense to create a visible crease or establish one that didn’t previously exist. We call this version of an upper eyelid lift Asian blepharoplasty.
Undereye Circles and Bags
Dark circles and heavy undereye bags are a common sign of fatigue, but they also occur with age. These problems can make you look exhausted, even when you’ve gotten plenty of sleep. Lower blepharoplasty is the perfect procedure to diminish or eliminate these cosmetic concerns, making you look younger and refreshed.
Upper Eyelid Surgery vs. Lower Eyelid Surgery
Of these two surgeries, lower blepharoplasty is more common among people who want to reduce or remove undereye bags. The lower eyelid lift requires Dr. Amato to make small incisions just below the lash line to reposition fat tissue and efficiently remove excess skin.
Upper blepharoplasty resolves drooping eyelids that may or may not impair your direct line of sight. It involves incisions made in the eyelid crease to remove excess skin. You can choose to have an upper and lower blepharoplasty done simultaneously, or add a brow lift if your heavy brow causes your eyelids to droop.
The Importance of Choosing an Experienced Facial Plastic Surgeon
If you are considering eyelid surgery, you must get the right surgeon for the job. The skin around the eye is very delicate, as are your eyes themselves. A surgeon who specializes in facial plastic surgery is your best choice to perform a blepharoplasty. It’s a plus if they have extensive experience in ophthalmology, a branch of medicine that deals exclusively with the eyes.
Dr. Malena Amato is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who completed her ophthalmology residency at Georgetown University and an oculofacial plastic surgery fellowship at the University of Texas, San Antonio.