Although we often think about the toll aging takes on the face, in terms of wrinkles, crow’s feet, and drooping of the chin, we don’t necessarily always think about the similar toll it takes on the eyelids. As your skin ages, it gradually loses its elasticity. This, combined with the constant pull from gravity, can cause excessive skin to collect in the upper and lower eyelids, impairing or interfering with vision, and becoming aesthetically displeasing.
Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure used to improve baggy skin under the eyes, sinking upper eyelids, or drooping eyelashes. Eyelid surgery can also treat ptosis—a medical condition that results in a drooping eyelid caused by poor muscle tone or nerve damage. New York City, New York area cosmetic surgeon Scott E. Newman, M.D., F.A.C.S., performs eyelid surgery for his patients to help correct this sometimes crucial problem, as well as to help improve the appearance of the eye area.
Eyelid Surgery to Reverse the Signs of Aging
In addition to collecting lines and wrinkles around the corners of the eyes, fat deposits can also build up in the eyelids and under the eyes. The combination of fine lines and bags beneath the eyes can make you look constantly angry, worried, or fatigued, and can also make you look considerably older than you actually are. In addition, excessive fat deposits in the upper eyelid can actually cause them to sag or overhang the eye, obscuring vision.
Eyelid surgery can help correct all these issues. In many cases, eyelid surgery is performed at the same time as a face lift, forehead lift or other facial surgery. Eyelid surgery reduces wrinkles and bags around and under the eyes and reduces fat deposits, tightening the eye area and making the eyes look wider and more alert.
How Eyelid Surgery is Performed
Eyelid surgery is a delicate undertaking and requires care and skill. Dr. Newman uses very small incisions placed in the folds of the eyelids. These incisions are so small that the scars are easily lost within these natural folds of skin. The upper eyelid is worked on first, with excess skin and fat carefully removed from beneath the skin, and then the lower eyelid is treated. Incisions for the lower eyelid are also made in the small folds of the lid, though in some cases they are placed inside the lower lid. If appropriate, Dr. Newman might also use lasers to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
The eyelid surgery usually takes about two hours to complete. Afterward, you might have dry eyes, which will be treated with medication. Another common but short-lived side effect is sensitivity to light.
Benefits of Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery provides aesthetic, psychological, and functional benefits than can change your life. These include:
- Aesthetic improvement of the eyes –Eyelid surgery can correct puffiness, remove excess skin, and correct fine lines, wrinkles, and droopiness that occur as a result of aging, leaving you with a more youthful appearance.
- Improved self-confidence and self-image – A successful eyelid surgery can make your eyes look younger and more alert, which can contribute to higher self-confidence and an improved self-image.
- Improved vision –While the removal of excess skin has its aesthetic benefits, it can also restore peripheral vision that had been obscured by drooping eyelids.
If you are in the New York City, Manhattan or Long Island area and would like more information about eyelid surgery, please contact Dr. Scott Newman’s New York City plastic surgery offices to schedule an initial consultation.