If you’ve recently looked in the mirror and questioned the reflection staring back at you, you’re not alone. Uneven, heavy, or sagging eyelids are a common issue for many adults. Whether you’ve previously considered surgical procedures to correct the appearance of your eyelids, or are only beginning to research blepharoplasty, it’s highly important to figure out if this type of surgery is right and beneficial for you. So what should you consider before you meet with a surgeon?
Are You Wanting to Reduce Signs of Aging?
As we age, our bodies no longer create the needed amount of collagen and elastin within the cells of the skin. This causes the skin around our entire body to stretch and loosen. We can try to add or activate collagen in our skin, but there is only so much we can do to naturally reduce the effects of aging. If the muscles that have been supporting the areas around your eyes have weakened over time, you have likely noticed an unwanted appearance of droopiness, and noticeable bags underneath the eyes.
Eyelid surgery affectively removes the access skin that has appeared due to said weakened muscles and loss of elastin. Removing the skin reveals your natural upper eye fold once more, and reduces the overall baggy appearance of the eye.
Is Your Vision Impaired by Your Eyelids?
When considering whether blepharoplasty is the right option for you, it’s important to think about what benefits such surgery can provide other than the cosmetic. If you’re currently experiencing vision problems due to excessive sagging in the upper eyelid, or general eye area, it may be time to consider a minor surgical lift.
If your eyelid is causing stress on your vision to due heaviness, it may be a combination of loosened skin, muscle, and even fat. By cutting along the natural fold of your upper eyelid, and removing the unneeded skin, you’re removing the annoying and possibly debilitating obstruction to your vision.
What If You Want the Aesthetic Benefits?
Many adults choose to have eyelid surgery strictly as a cosmetic procedure. If you feel uncomfortable with the look of your upper and lower eyelids, whether, from aging or medical conditions, it might be time to seek out the opinion of a professional surgeon. It’s natural for upper and lower eyelids to be asymmetrical. Often people seek out surgery to create greater symmetry between both eyelids.
Are You Worried About Recovery?
As eyelid surgery is usually considered an outpatient procedure, there’s no need for a hospital stay. Basic excess skin removal surgery typically takes fewer than two hours, and in most cases, patients are able to return home the same say that the surgery takes place. Although a complete recovery can take anywhere from two weeks to a full month, there is no reason that you won’t be able to return to your life as normal.
Achieving a Youthful Look
Because surgery is relatively simple with natural-looking results, it won’t be long before you see a more youthful face in your mirror. Although eyelid surgery isn’t considered major, the results are. Unlike strictly using cosmetic materials to rejuvenate the skin, the results of this surgery are permanent.