As people get older, eventually different parts of the body start to stretch somewhat, including your eyelids and the muscles that support them. Over time, excess fat can gather both below and above your eyelids, causing your eyebrows to sag and your upper lids to droop.
Along with looking older, seriously sagging skin around the eyes can diminish your peripheral vision (side vision), particularly the outer and upper parts of your vision field. Blepharoplasty (surgery to repair droopy eyelids) can eliminate or reduce these common vision problems and in the end make your eyes look more alert and youthful.
Blepharoplasty is typically performed on an outpatient basis. Call the office of Dr. William Silver to determine what you should expect realistically and explore both the advantages and risks of getting the procedure.
The Natural Process of Eyelid Aging
As your skin ages, slowly but surely it loses its elasticity. In addition to a decrease in elasticity, the constant gravitational pull causes excess skin to start to collect on the lower and upper eyelids.
Excessive skin on your lower eyelids can cause bulges and wrinkles. Regarding the upper eyelids, an additional skin fold can hang over your eyelashes and actually hinder your vision.
Another issue is the fat that’s used to cushion your skull from your eyeball can also cause subsequent bulges in the lower and upper eyelids. The delicate, thin membrane that keeps the fat in place gradually weakens as you age, letting the fatty area protrude into your lids.
Who Makes a Good Candidate for an Eye Lift?
The ideal candidates for eyelid surgery are individuals who are basically in good health and who maintain realistic expectations. Most of the candidates are women aged 35 or older. However, if you have a family history of droopy or baggy eyelids, you may choose to get the surgery done sooner rather than later.
Overall, an eye lift can enhance your general appearance and also boost your self-confidence. But, keep in mind that eyelid surgery itself will not change your facial structure or even turn out the way you expected. Before you make up your mind 100 percent to get the surgery, consider your long-term goals and talk it over with both your family and Dr. William Silver as well.
Are the Results of Blepharoplasty Permanent?
Surgery on the upper eyelids can last anywhere from 5 – 8 years overall. Surgery on the lower eyelids rarely ever needs to be repeated. Naturally, your eyes will still keep aging following your procedure.
What to Expect After the Procedure
Following your surgery, you’ll spend some time in recovery where you’re closely monitored for any complications. Later that day, you can leave to finish recuperating at home.
After your procedure, you may experience any of the following:
• Watering eyes
• Double vision
• Blurry vision, as a result from using the lubricating ointment
• Minimal pain
• Numb, puffy lids
• Sensitivity to light
• Bruising and swelling similar to “black eyes”
• Redness where the incisions were made
Dr. William Silver has a new location and serves a number of patients from all over Atlanta and the surrounding areas including Marietta, Alpharetta, Roswell, East Cobb, Sandy Springs, Buckhead, and Dunwoody. Call today and schedule a consultation.