It’s only natural that over the years your eyelids will begin to sag. Not only can they age you but they can also weigh you down, making you feel more tired than you really are, and not to mention, also look tired. If you are experiencing droopy lids, you may wonder if blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is right for you.
The thin eyelid skin starts to lose its elasticity and begins to stretch, resulting in excess folds of skin that may actually hang down over the edge of the upper eyelids. In most people, this skin is the first to show signs of aging because it is the thinnest and most delicate. You may feel an extra heaviness in the upper lid or feel the skin sitting on your lashes.
The levator muscle, which lifts the upper eyelids can become weak, causing the upper eyelid to droop. Fine wrinkle lines and creases appear in the delicate skin around the lids. The result is a tired, sleepy or sad look. These changes detract from the natural beauty of the eye area.
In 2012, eyelid surgery was the third most commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedure, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. In fact, the number of people who undergo blepharoplasty continues to grow each year, with an increase of 4 percent from 2011 to 2012. The procedure corrects drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags below the eyes by removing excess fat, skin and muscle.
If you have puffiness in the upper eyelids caused by excess fatty deposits; droopy or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision; excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid; bags under the eyes or even droopiness of the lower eyelids- you could be a candidate for blepharoplasty.