Over time, eyelids can start to sag, making a person look older. By your late 30s or early 40s, the thin skin of the eyelids starts to lose its elasticity and begins to stretch, resulting in excess folds of skin that may hang down over the edge of the upper eyelids. In extreme cases, droopy eyelids can interfere with vision.
And as we get older, the muscles beneath our skin around the eyes also grows weaker, allowing fat to protrude through and cause bags, particularly in the lower eyelids. Fine wrinkle lines and creases appear in the delicate skin around the lids. The result is a tired, sleepy or sad look that detracts from the natural beauty of the eye area.
If you are experiencing droopy lids, you may wonder if an elective blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is right for you. In 2012, eyelid surgery was the third most commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedure. The procedure corrects drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags below the eyes by removing excess fat, skin and muscle. It goes a long way in restoring a youthful appearance with minimal cost, risk and recovery time. In fact, many people choose blepharoplasty over a complete facelift.
Good candidates for the procedure are adult men and women who have healthy facial tissue and muscles, do not smoke, and do not have a life-threatening illness or medical condition that could impact healing.
Performed by Dr. Johnston in his Orlando office, blepharoplasty is a relatively low-cost procedure and recovery time is short. Under normal conditions, you should be able to return to daily activities within seven to 10 days. Initially, you may experience post eyelid surgery swelling, bruising, irritation or dry eyes and discomfort, which are controlled with medication, cold compresses and ointment.
Most insurance companies will cover upper eyelids blepharoplasty with proper documentation, such as visual field test performed by your ophthalmologist and photo documentation of the hooding over the pupil of the eye.
Cosmetically, it is a personal choice, and age ranges from 30’s up.