Enhance the Windows to Your Soul
Several factors affect the upper eyelid as we age. Sun damage, genetics, smoking and alcohol all contribute to destroy the youthful upper eyelid that flows into the temple. Initially, the upper eyelid may become puffy, eliminating the ability to put on eyeliner and in the latter decades of life, the loose skin will hang down over the eye obstructing the peripheral vision. The correction of this is an upper lid blepharoplasty to remove the skin and, if present, the fat which forms bags in the corners of the eyes.
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Ptosis: What is it?
Another aspect of aging is the downward migration of the upper eyelid toward the pupil. This drooping of the upper eyelid is called ptosis, caused by the tendon detaching from the upper eyelid cartilage. A relatively simple procedure to re-attach this tendon can be done at the time of one’s upper eyelid surgery thereby opening up the eye and getting a more youthful appearance.*
*Please note that individual results will vary and may not exactly match Before and Afters.
Frequently, patients will have a combined forehead lift and an upper lid blepharoplasty to totally rejuvenate the forehead and upper eyelid area. The forehead lift repositions the eyebrow in a more youthful position while the upper eyelid blepharoplasty removes the redundant skin and restores the transition of the upper eyelid flowing into the temple area.
Lower Lid Blepharoplasty
A common issue we see in patients looking to freshen up the look in their eyes is the herniation of fat in the lower eyelids producing “bags”. These bags are actually pockets of fat that push against the lower eyelid. By making an incision on the inside of the eyelid, this fat can be teased out in a very simple manner thereby safely restoring the natural contour of the lower eyelid.
For information on eyelid surgery or other eye procedures, contact one of our resident experts to set up a consultation.