Lines, wrinkles, and furrows are not the only problems that come with advancing age. Another sign of aging that causes a lot of distress is the sagging of the upper eyelids, which gives the eyes a tired appearance.
Although this is not harmful from a medical point of view, droopy or sagging upper eyelids can greatly affect the look of the face and can even make you look several years older than your actual age.
Upper-eyelid blepharoplasty surgery at Houston Oculofacial Plastic Surgery is an effective way to correct these issues.
When to Consider a Blepharoplasty from Dr. Sami
There may be several problems resulting from droopy or sagging upper eyelids:
• Impaired vision: Sometimes, there can be so much excess tissue on the upper eyelids that the drooping folds actually impair vision. As a result, you may find it difficult to drive, read, or even carry out other simple activities that you would otherwise be able to. In such cases, it is absolutely vital that you undergo a blepharoplasty to get the excess tissue removed.
• Strain: The added weight of the excessive tissues in the upper eyelids can cause strain on your brows and forehead. The effort to raise the eyelids by elevating the brows can cause a strain that can be quite annoying, and its constant presence can be a cause of a great deal of frustration.
• Difficulty wearing glasses: At times, the buildup of tissue is so much that it can cause trouble for those who wear glasses. The droopy eyelids constantly get in the way when you wear your glasses, causing your glasses to sit improperly, to fall off, or to get foggy.
• Look of constant fatigue: Patients with droopy upper eyelids may appear to look constantly tired, angry, or sad. This appearance can make others assume that these patients are feeling this way even when they are not – a situation where perception does not mirror reality.
• Appearance issues: Even if your sagging eyelids do not cause any of the above problems, you may still want to consider a blepharoplasty in order to turn back the clock. A blepharoplasty removes fine lines, making your eyelids firmer and tighter and returning that youthful look back to your eyes.
The Details of the Upper-Eyelid Blepharoplasty Procedure
Upper-eyelid blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure where the surgeon makes an incision in the eyelid, starting at the natural crease of the lid.
Through this incision, the surgeon sculpts the fat and removes the extra tissues (usually excess sagging skin and muscle tissues) that were causing the eyelids to sag. This smoothes out the eyelids to give them a taut and refreshed appearance.
The Recovery Process
To aid in the recovery process, your surgeon will prescribe various medications as needed, including antibiotics and ointments. They will also give you post-surgical directions to follow as closely as possible. This will help you heal as quickly as possible and with a low risk of complications.
Although it varies from person to person, the total healing time after upper blepharoplasty is typically only a few weeks. You will be able to see the results soon enough, and the effects of the blepharoplasty will be evident for a very long time.
Get Started with a Consultation
Make an appointment with Dr. Mirwat Sami, a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, to find out more about this effective procedure. During your consultation with Dr. Sami at Houston Oculofacial Plastic Surgery, you will be able to ask any questions you may have.