If you have drooping eyelids, you might want to look into the benefits of having them corrected with an eyelid lift. In medical terms, this is called blepharoplasty. Drooping eyelids often have a negative impact on the appearance. They can even interfere with your vision if they fall down far enough. In these cases, you may need an eyelid lift so you can safely continue to do some of the activities that have become such an integral part of your life. For example, it can become dangerous to drive when drooping eyelids reduce your range of vision. In these situations, blepharoplasty may be medically necessary.
Many people choose to undergo an eyelid lift for the sake of their appearance. It is a way by which you can shave years off your look. When you consider the amount of eye contact you make with other people during conversations, an eyelid lift may be near the top of your list of ways your appearance can be improved.
There are a few things that contribute to drooping eyelids. One of them is a loosening of the skin. This naturally happens with age. The body will produce less collagen, the substance that keeps the skin tight, firm and full. When its levels start to diminish, the skin will loosen. While this causes things like lines and wrinkles to develop in other parts of the face, it can contribute to drooping of the eyelids as well.
Another condition that can become a factor in drooping eyelids is the movement of fatty tissue into the eyelids. There is a layer of fat between your skull and eyes to provide padding between the two. This fatty tissue is held in place by a membrane that often weakens with age. When it does, it is no longer able to hold the fat layer in its proper location. Rather, it will start to move forward and end up in the eyelids.
The muscles that work the eyelids will weaken with age as well. This makes it harder for them to overcome the pull of gravity on the eyelids. As a result, the upper eyelids will start to come down over the upper part of the eye. The lower ones will start to pull away from the eye. Both conditions can be improved with an eyelid lift procedure.
An eyelid lift is performed by removing loose, excess skin from the area. Depending on the individual’s specific condition, some muscle and fatty tissue may be removed as well. The skin is then stitched back together, and the healing process begins.
You should be able to plan on returning home the day of your procedure. We will give you thorough postoperative instructions that you can follow to ensure the speediest and most comfortable recovery possible.
If you want to look younger, an eyelid lift might be the right solution for you. Dr. Hendricks can evaluate your condition and let you know more about how the procedure could help you at Southeastern Dermatology in Fayetteville, NC. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.