The aging process impacts every part of the face, including the eye area. This can negatively affect a person’s appearance, causing them to appear older than they are. Those who desire an eyelid lift (“blepharoplasty” or “eyelid surgery”) may also be misperceived as being tired, mean, or unhappy, due to the quality of skin in the eye area. Blepharoplasty can effectively improve the look of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both, as it provides a more rested, alert appearance.
If you have any of these conditions, you may qualify for an eyelid lift:
- Excess fatty deposits, or puffiness, on the upper eyelids
- Excess of skin on the upper eyelids
- Surplus of skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid
- Bags under the eyes
- Extensive droopiness of the lower eyelids that show white below the iris (colored portion of the eye)
Eyelid surgery is typically performed for cosmetic reasons; however, there are those who suffer from vision impairment when loose or sagging skin has created folds in the natural contour of the upper eyelid. Your insurance provider may cover this procedure if your vision is affected by this condition.
Ideal candidates for blepharoplasty are those who have healthy facial tissue and muscles, realistic goals and expectations, and do not have any serious eye conditions. Individuals who have thyroid problems such as hypothyroidism and Graves’ disease, dry eye or lack of sufficient tears, eye problems, high blood pressure or other circulatory disorders, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes should make their surgeon aware of this during the consultation. This is important because there is the possibility that these problems can cause complications when undergoing eyelid surgery.
This procedure may be combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures, such as a facelift. Blepharoplasty offers long-lasting results and can make permanent corrections; however, the aging process may impact the eye appearance once again. Sun protection can help to maintain results and contribute to the longevity of the results.