There are several cosmetic procedures that help you look younger without the need for surgery. However, sagging upper eyelids often need a surgical procedure to correct. The upper lids droop due to age and loose skin. When the upper lid gets saggy, it affects your appearance and keeps you from looking youthful.
Plastic surgery can correct this problem with a procedure known as blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift. Here's a look at how this type of plastic surgery could be the solution for restoring a more youthful appearance to your sagging eyelids.
Benefits Of An Eyelid Lift
An eyelid lift removes excess skin and fat so your lids are smoother and flatter. This can make you look younger, but it might even improve your vision if your upper lids are so droopy that your peripheral vision is affected. By removing excess skin, your facial expression may seem friendlier, more alert, and younger.
Types Of Eyelid Surgery
You can have an upper, lower, or double blepharoplasty. If you have drooping upper lids and baggy lower lids, the plastic surgeon can correct both issues during the surgery. However, it's common to have problems with drooping upper lids and not have bags under your eyes, so you might want to opt for upper eyelid surgery only. A plastic surgeon will examine your eyelids to determine the type of surgery that gives the best results and that makes your eyes look naturally youthful.
Choices In Anesthesia
If you're leery about undergoing general anesthesia, your plastic surgeon might give you a local anesthetic and IV sedation. Eyelid lift plastic surgery is usually done as an outpatient, and it can be done under general anesthesia if your doctor thinks that's the best choice for you. However, general anesthesia may not be necessary, and that's something you can decide ahead of time with your surgeon.
Options In Other Procedures
An eyelid lift procedure can be done alone, but it can also be combined with other procedures such as a brow lift. Your surgeon might also recommend that a chemical peel be done at the same time to remove wrinkles and discoloration under your eyes. Be sure to let your doctor know all the changes you want in your appearance so procedures can be combined in one plastic surgery if possible.
Since droopy upper lids occur due to aging, it's possible your lids will become droopy again as you age even more. It's important that you protect your skin from the sun to prevent photoaging and slow down the effects of aging on your eyelids.