February 13, 2013

When the Eyelids Start to Go

Angie Buonassisi
# min read

When the Eyelids Start to GoBlepharoplasty, a mouthful of a word, refers to surgical eyelid modification. This popular cosmetic procedure can effectively reduce sagging skin and puffiness of the upper or lower lids – features that may be making you look older, more tired or less happy than you really are.

It’s all in the eyes

If you consider your eyes among your best physical features, it can be disheartening when they begin to age. Comprised of some of the thinnest and most delicate skin on your body, your eyelids may actually age faster than other areas of your face – their frequent exposure to sunlight doesn’t do much to help.When it comes to eyelids, the aging process for both men and women includes the following changes that contribute to an overall tired appearance:

  • sagging and loose eyelids as skin begins to lose its firm texture; and
  • puffiness as fat deposits “bulge” forward and eyelid structures go lax.

Beyond looking exhausted, many patients feel that while the rest of their face appears youthful their saggy or puffy eyelids give away their true age – or make them look older than they are.

So much for makeup

Droopy or puffy lids can also make it hard – if not impossible – to wear makeup. When your once-firm eyelids age to the extent that they change in texture, your favourite eye shadow may stick in all the wrong places, highlighting rather than hiding every crease and fold. Fortunately, blepharoplasty can help fix this problem. It will smooth and tighten the skin so putting make up on can be easy as look flawless.

Surgery for all ages

While most blepharoplasty patients are in their 40s and 50s, you’d be surprised how many individuals in their 30s elect to have this procedure. Because genes can play a role in how quickly your eyelids age, dealing with prematurely sagging or puffy lids can be especially difficult and upsetting.According to one younger patient, “I expected fine lines and to look older over time, but the extra skin above my eyelids bugged me a lot. I wasn’t ready for this at 35.”

Career boost

When it comes to work, increasing research says that looks do matter to some extent. If your eyelids are puffy or sagging, they could be making you look tired and unhappy – two qualities you wouldn’t likely put on your resumé.According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, more than 65% of surgeons reported seeing men and women who requested rejuvenation procedures like blepharoplasty because they wished to remain competitive in the workplace.While cosmetic surgery will not solve your relationship problems or get you a job promotion, it can make you look better and feel more confident – changes that can go a long way in motivating you to do and be your best in every facet of your life.To find out if blepharoplasty is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Buonassisi today.Contact Us With Your QuestionsHow much does blepharoplasty cost? What is the recovery like? What will a brow lift do for me? Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions. The patient care experts at 8 West Cosmetic Surgery have worked with hundreds of Dr. Buonassisi's facial surgery patients and can answer all of your questions. We are here to help!

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