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Eyes Wide Open

Are you tired of your tired looking eyes? With time, eyelids can start to sag and can significantly age a person despite how alive and vibrant they feel inside. Not only can they make a person look older aging, saggy eyelids can actually make them feel heavy. If you want get your eyes wide open and rejuvenate your look, you may be a prime candidate for an elective blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery.

As we age several changes occur in our eyelids. By your third or fourth decade of life, the thin skin of our eyelids starts to lose its elasticity and begins to stretch, leading to the development of excess folds of skin above the eyes. The excess skin may actually hang down over the edge of the upper eyelids and give a feeling of an extra heaviness in the upper lid or feel the skin sitting on your lashes. For some patients, a forehead lift might also be needed to increase peripheral vision.

The muscles beneath our skin also grow weaker as we age permitting fat to protrude through and cause bags, particularly in the lower eyelids. The ocular muscle that lifts the upper eyelids becomes weak with age and can cause the upper eyelid to droop. Then fine wrinkle lines and creases quickly appear in the delicate skin around the lids. As a result a tired, sleepy or sad look can develop, detracting from the natural beauty of the eye area.

The way you age around the eyes can be determined to a large extent by your heredity. Unfortunately, if your parents had saggy eyelids, you likely will, too. Over the last few years, eyelid surgery has been in the top five most commonly performed cosmetic proceduresperformed. The number of people who undergo blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) continues to grow each year. The procedure is a simple procedure that for minimal cost and minimal recovery goes a long way in restoring a youthful appearance.  Time and time again, many people choose blepharoplasty over a complete facelift.

Conditions that are treated by eyelid surgery include but are not limited to:

• Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision

• Droopiness of the lower eyelids

• Puffiness in the upper eyelids caused by excess fatty deposits

• Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid

• Bags under the eyes, or excess wrinkles not treatable with Botox®