Although many patients believe that a facelift will resolve signs of aging around the eyes, there’s actually a separate procedure for those specifics: eyelid surgery. Also called an eyelift, or blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery focuses on improving either the upper or lower eyelid appearance, or both. The results of eyelid surgery will rejuvenate your eyes, helping you to look more alert and energized.
Resolving Drooping Lids
Just like the skin and tissue elsewhere on the body, the eyelids lose firmness and elasticity as you age. Over time, this results in hanging, droopy eyelids that contribute to a worn or tired appearance, and may obscure vision as well. If drooping occurs in the lower eyelids, the white of the eye may become visible below the iris. During blepharoplasty, the tiny muscles of the eyelids are repaired and tightened, and excess skin and tissue are removed for a younger, firmer look.
Excess puffiness in the upper lids or bags under the eye can also be corrected through eyelid surgery, by removing the responsible fat deposits. Fine wrinkles or excess skin around the lower eyelid that cause you to look older can be smoothed and corrected.
For Best Results
Although eyelid surgery may be performed on its own, this procedure is often combined with other surgeries for more comprehensive results. For example, eyelid surgery can be incorporated along with a facelift to help you look years younger, or a brow lift to refresh your entire upper facial area. Talk with your surgeon to see which option may be right for you.