As we age, the skin on our faces loses its elasticity. Facial skin often ages quicker than the skin on other parts of the body as it is constantly exposed to environmental elements. Being the thinnest skin on the face, the skin on our eyelids are the first to show signs of deterioration. In severe cases, this can cause you to look older, tired and fatigue. Droopy lids can start to progress and cover part of the and interfere with your vision and can affect one or both eyes.
As skin loses elasticity it stretches. For upper lids, this results in droopy eyelids. In the case of the lower lids, the thinner skin cannot effectively hold back the fat behind it – allowing it to bulge forward and thus creating the appearance of bags. This doesn’t mean there is necessarily ‘excess fat’; it just means the lower lid can no longer hold it in place as it once would have.
Ideal candidates for eyelid lift surgery have:
Eyelid lift surgery can be performed on upper and lower lids by removing fat and muscle and tightening the skin around eyes. Afterward, eyes appear more alert and youthful and there will be a less obstructed view for patients with vision impairment.
One of our ophthalmologists will evaluate your facial structure, including an examination of the fat and muscular tissue surrounding your eyes. This will determine if the surgery will be beneficial and how much tissue will have to be removed.
While many people with droopy eyelids or under-eye bags are suitable candidates for surgery, there are some uncommon eye disorders that mean surgery might not be the best option. For this reason, our ophthalmologists will always undertake a thorough assessment of all patients prior to surgery in order to determine suitability.