The effects of age on your skin are extensive and, over time, affect the appearance of your most personal features – particularly your eyes. Eyelid skin is significantly affected by UV rays, but is often neglected during the application of sunscreen.
As you age you will find that excess skin will start obscuring the natural fold of the upper eye. This loose skin can impair vision and add a puffy appearance to the upper eyelid. The excess skin creates many fine lines and wrinkles around the lower eyelids. In addition, lower eyelids start drooping and the prevalence of dark circles under the eyes is significantly increased.
There are several techniques that are used to correct these features and improve the appearance of eyelids, which will be relative to excess fat and skin in the eyelid areas. It is important to note that individual factors have a large bearing on the results of this surgery. Based on your specific requirements and features, your plastic surgeon will select the surgical technique that will provide the best outcome for you.
The surgical procedure used to change the upper eyelid involves removing fatty tissue and excess skin through an incision made in the eyelid. The incisions, upon healing, will not be conspicuous as they follow they natural fold of the eye. The lower eyelid procedure also includes removing excess tissue, but additionally redistributes fat to combat puffiness. The incision is made just below the lower lashes, in the natural crease of the eyelid.
Significant complications from eye-lid surgery are rare, but it is important to extensively discuss the chance of complications and individual specifications with your surgeon. Risks for infections, scarring and allergic reactions can all be substantially reduced by ensuring that your decision to undergo eyelid surgery is an informed one.