Can Getting A Blepharoplasty Make Me Look Younger?

Maintaining a youthful look is a desire for many people. From drooping lids and wrinkles to puffiness, the area around your eyes is often one of the first to display the effects of time. 

Although lotions or serums may be able to offset the look of aging, these can only do so much. Fortunately, there’s a procedure available that can rejuvenate the look of your eyes and your entire face. 

This procedure is called a blepharoplasty. Keep reading to find out if getting a blepharoplasty can make you look younger!

What Is a Blepharoplasty?

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A blepharoplasty is an eyelid surgery that removes excess skin, muscle, and fat from the eyelid area. The blepharoplasty procedure can improve the cosmetic appearance of your eyelids, and it can also improve the way your eyelids function. 

Your eye doctor can perform the blepharoplasty procedure on both the upper and lower eyelids. The upper and lower blepharoplasty procedures are similar.

Both procedures are outpatient, meaning you can go home the same day.

There are, however, some key differences between the two. 

You can choose to undergo one or the other, or both. Your eye doctor may even be able to perform both an upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty during the same procedure.

Upper Lid Blepharoplasty

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An upper lid blepharoplasty, also referred to as a lid lift, removes excess skin and fat from the upper eyelids. During the procedure, your eye doctor removes excess skin, and then the surgeon may remove or reposition tissue depending on your needs. 

In order to remove the eyelid skin and fat, your eye doctor makes a tiny incision in your eyelid. They often make the incision in your eyelid crease. 

By doing this, after it heals, you can hardly tell there was ever an incision at all. Your eye doctor will then use tiny stitches to help the incision heal. 

These stitches may dissolve on their own or be removed by your eye doctor within a week or two after the procedure.

Lower Lid Blepharoplasty

During a lower lid blepharoplasty, your eye doctor removes excess fatty pads and skin from the lower eyelid region. It’s a way to get rid of the appearance of bags under the eyes. 

During the procedure, your eye doctor will create a small incision just below the eyelashes. Then, they may remove the fat or muscle to create your desired look. 

After this, like an upper lid blepharoplasty, your eye doctor will place tiny stitches to help the incision heal. Regardless of which type of blepharoplasty you undergo, your eye doctor will numb your eyes prior to the procedure to ensure you are comfortable.

You can expect the scars to fade with time. They often will become hardly noticeable due to their blending in with the natural folds of the eye. 

Your eye doctor will give you instructions on how to promote healing and avoid complications after the procedure. 

How Do I Know If I Need a Blepharoplasty? 

Many people who have excess skin, muscle, and fat around their eyes choose to have a blepharoplasty to improve the appearance of their eyes. Developing excess skin around the eyes is a natural part of aging.

With time, your skin can lose its elasticity. The loss of elasticity can lead to wrinkles and sagging skin. 

These can also result from seasonal allergies or lifestyle factors such as smoking and sun exposure. In addition, genetics may play a role in your likelihood of developing excess skin. 

woman with her palms on the sides of her face

If you have any of the following, a blepharoplasty may be an ideal choice for you:

  • Droopy eyelids
  • Bags under your eyes
  • A tired look in your eyes
  • Eye puffiness
  • Skin irritation as a result of excess skin
  • Difficulty seeing due to excess skin

The best way to know if a blepharoplasty is right for you is by visiting your eye doctor for a consultation.

Who Can Have the Blepharoplasty Procedure?

In some cases, excess skin can hang low enough to affect your field of vision. When this happens, you may have to exert extra effort to keep your eyes open under the weight of the excess skin. 

When drooping lids affect your ability to see, the blepharoplasty procedure can be considered medically necessary to restore your vision. Candidates for blepharoplasty will be in good general health.

In addition, they should have realistic expectations for the procedure’s outcome. A wide age range of people can benefit from blepharoplasty, although it is most commonly performed on those in their forties, fifties, and sixties.  

During your blepharoplasty consultation, your eye doctor will evaluate your eye health and overall health. Then, you can discuss your desired outcome with your eye doctor in order to determine if a blepharoplasty is right for you.

Look Younger with a Blepharoplasty

woman with pre surgical lines around her eye

When you have excess skin and tissue around your eyes, it can make you look tired. In some cases, it can even make you look older than you are. 

By improving the appearance of droopy or sagging skin, your eyes will look younger. In addition to this, your entire face will look more youthful. 

People who undergo a blepharoplasty enjoy newfound self-confidence in their appearance. The effects of the procedure are long-term, typically lasting more than ten years. 

Some people will benefit from the results of a blepharoplasty for the rest of their life. With the option to refresh your look again in the future, that confidence will be here to stay. 

Do you want to learn more about how you can improve the appearance of eyelids and face through a blepharoplasty? Schedule a consultation at Eye Associates of Tallahassee in Tallahassee, FL, today!

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