At Robert A Guida, MD, we believe there’s beauty in every face, and it’s the unique features, symmetry, and contours that make every individual distinct and special.
However, we also understand that a few tweaks here and there can often enhance your natural beauty. And the eyes — being the most expressive part of your face — can benefit greatly from an eyelid lift.
Here, Dr. Guida explains how to recognize the signs that you might be a good candidate for this eye-opening procedure.
Reasons to consider eyelid lift surgery
As you age, your skin loses the subcutaneous fat layer that gives your face it’s soft curves and suppleness. It also loses elastin and collagen, two essential proteins that give your skin its resilience, strength, and structure.
The result is delepeted skin that resembles a deflated, wrinkled latex balloon. With no structural integrity to fight it, gravity now has an easier job, and it pulls your skin downward, forming jowls at your jawline, creases around your mouth, and droopy eyelids and forehead skin.
In the early stages of this aging process, when your symptoms are mild, you can plump up your skin and reclaim your youthful look with injectable dermal fillers and Botox® treatments.
However, when the signs of aging progress, you may need a more advanced procedure to restore the look and function of your eyes. Dr. Guida is a double-board-certified plastic surgeon, and he has many years of experience skillfully repairing the signs of aging eyes.
Here are five signs you might be a good candidate for eyelid lift surgery, also called blepharoplasty.
1. Hooded eyes
When your upper eyelids droop, it changes the look of your eye. It may drape down and lay on top of your eyelashes and make it difficult to apply makeup or insert contact lenses.
In an upper eyelid lift, Dr. Guida removes excess skin and fat and reattaches your lid to open your eye and restore its shape.
2. Under-eye bags
As the tissue around your eyes weakens, the muscles no longer support your skin and keep the area tight and firm. Eventually, fat migrates to the lower region under your eyes and creates puffy bags, where fluid also accumulates.
Although bags under your eyes aren’t a medical concern, they can tank your self-esteem, and they’re difficult to cover with cosmetics. A lower eyelid lift can do for your under-eye area what an upper eyelid lift does for your upper lids — remove excess skin and fat and restore a smoother, tighter appearance.
3. Tired-looking eyes
We often hear from our patients that their droopy eyes give them a perpetually tired look. If people frequently ask you if you’re tired or sleepy, it might be because your droopy eyes give the impression that you’re not well-rested.
Others may also perceive you as disinterested or bored. An eyelid lift returns your eyes to a neutral state that allows you to project the emotions you really feel.
4. Blocked vision
Aesthetics aren’t the only reasons to consider an eyelid lift. If your eyelids are extremely saggy, they may impair your vision. Whether you were born with droopy eyelids (a condition called ptosis) or you developed it as you aged, it may lead to lazy eye (amblyopia) or astigmatism, so blepharoplasty may be deemed medically necessary.
5. Can’t keep them open
In some cases, hooded eyelids become too heavy for the weakened eye muscles to open completely. This, of course, impairs your vision and warrants an eyelid lift.
If you’re ready to talk about eyelid lift surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Guida by calling our friendly staff at either location or booking online today.