As time goes on, you may have noticed that your eyelids have started to drop or sag. Some may notice that they are holding up the skin around the corners of their eyebrows. If you experience any of these, there is a solution to resolve this without getting a full facelift, Blepharoplasty or Eyelid Surgery. So what causes excess skin around the eyes?
As we age and move into 30s and 40s the elasticity in the skin around the eyelids starts to go and begins to stretch, which is essentially what causes the excess fold to hang over the upper eyelid. In addition to our skin losing elasticity to cause excess skin, the muscles beneath the skin also grow weaker allowing fat to protrude through causing bags, which is common with excess skin in the lower eyelid area. This is also common with the upper eyelids as the levator muscle, which lifts the upper eyelids, can become weak and cause drooping as well. Surgeons in New Jersey often say that excess skin around the eyes is largely hereditary and if your parents have saggy eyelids, you will most likely have them too.
In 2013, eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty was the 3 most popular surgical procedure in the US. This procedure has been on the rise, seeing an increase of 6% from 2012 to 2013 because it corrects drooping in the upper and lower eyelids, excess skin that creates fine lines and puffy bags below the eyes by removing excess fat and skin muscles.
A good candidate for this procedure are adults over the age of 35, that have healthy facial tissue and muscles, do not smoke, do not have life-threatening illness or a medical condition that would impact the healing process. A physical exam should be done to determine if a blepharoplasty is the right procedure to address your symptoms. As always selecting your surgeon carefully, keeping in mind that a board certified surgeon is the best option as they are specially trained for cosmetic procedures.
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