Droopy eyelids can impair your vision and harm your self-esteem. Whether you want to restore your vision or improve your appearance, the expert ophthalmologists and eye surgeons at Eye Surgeons Associates offer eyelid surgery at their offices in Monroe and Canton, Michigan. The team can perform eyelid surgery on your upper lids, lower lids, or both. To schedule an appointment with the team, call Eye Surgeons Associates.
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure that repairs droopy or saggy eyelids. This type of surgery may involve removing skin, fat, or muscle from your eyelids, though it doesn’t always.
Saggy skin around the eyes can block your range of vision and make it difficult to see clearly. While many people choose eyelid surgery for cosmetic reasons, it also helps improve vision for those with droopy eyelids.
As your skin ages, it gradually loses collagen and elastin. When combined with the natural pull of gravity, this thin skin can begin to sag and gather near the upper and lower eyelids. Over time, this excess skin creates large folds and wrinkles.
Not only do these excess folds of skin sag and impair your vision, fat that cushions your eyeballs can also bulge underneath your skin, causing large undereye bags.
Eyelid surgery treats a wide range of eye and skin problems, including:
If droopy eyelids are stopping you from seeing clearly or feeling confident about your appearance, eyelid surgery may be the right treatment for you.
Most eyelid surgery candidates are 35 years or older, but you may opt for treatment earlier if droopy eyelids run in your family and are already affecting your vision. Ideal candidates for eyelid surgery are:
It’s important to be realistic about your expectations before deciding on eyelid surgery. This procedure is not intended to eliminate wrinkles, and the skin around your eyes will still age after the procedure.
However, if you’re looking for a subtle change in your appearance that can also improve your vision, eyelid surgery may be right for you.
Before the day of your surgery, arrange for a trusted friend or relative to drive you home and care for you. You can expect to stay home for the next few days while your eyes heal.
The surgery itself takes about two hours, during which time your surgeon uses local anesthesia and sedation techniques to help you relax. If you’re treating both your upper and lower eyelids, your upper lids are typically done first.
After cutting along the natural line of your eyelids, the surgeon separates the skin and underlying tissue to remove any excess skin, fat, or muscle. While the upper lids may require a few stitches, the lower lids often don’t.
Your surgeon may even use a laser to gently soften fine lines around your eyes and tighten your skin for a more refreshed, natural appearance.
Once you return home, it’s important to relax for the next couple of days. Your stitches should be ready to come out within a week or so. Mild swelling and bruising are perfectly normal following the procedure, but call Eye Surgeons Associates if these side effects last for more than two weeks.
If droopy eyelids are stopping you from feeling confident, call Eye Surgeons Associates or schedule a visit online.