One of the first places that begin to show signs of aging is the eye area. That’s where those pesky crow’s feet start appearing at the corners. It’s where the skin begins to sag over the eyes, causing a droopy upper eyelid. And it’s where those “bags’ beneath the eyes start to make you look tired, sometimes even exhausted. And they certainly make you look older than you feel!
How Can I Remove Eye Bags?
Blepharoplasty may be your answer. Commonly known as eyelid surgery or eyelid lift, blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids or both at the same time.
As you age, the skin begins to lose elasticity, causing the eyelids to droop. Another side effect of aging is the build-up of fatty tissue both above and below the eyes. At times the upper lid can droop so badly it creeps over and around the eyelashes and can begin to impair your vision.
The end result is droopy upper eyelids and sagging lower eyelids, causing you to constantly look tired and old. Eyelid surgery can provide a solution that leaves you looking younger, alert, and awake.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
Blepharoplasty can be performed solely on the upper lid if necessary. If you’ve had the surgery to lift the lid so you don’t constantly look tired, it’s considered a cosmetic procedure.
When the upper eyelid droops to the point that vision begins to suffer or becomes impaired, it becomes a functional surgery and it’s possible that insurance will cover all or some of the cost.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
If having bags beneath your eyes is the only problem you’re having, you may opt for only lower eyelid surgery to correct that issue. It’s important to point out that blepharoplasty does not reduce dark circles, nor was it designed to. Blepharoplasty will remove fatty tissue build-up, and excess skin or muscle, but it does little to remove the discoloration of dark circles. However, there are other cosmetic procedures typically used to address that issue, and you can ask your doctor about those.
It should also be noted that in some cases, upper eyelid surgery, when performed for functional reasons, may be covered by insurance, as mentioned earlier. But lower eyelid surgery is almost always done solely for cosmetic purposes, and therefore not usually covered.
When Do I Need Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery at the Same Time?
There are times when a patient only needs some excess skin removed, and an upper eyelid lift is sufficient to address the problem. The skin is removed and the remaining skin is tightened.
But if you also have issues below the eye, with puffiness or baggy lower eyelids, then your goal may be to basically overhaul the whole eye. In those cases, it makes sense to have upper and lower eyelids done at the same time.
The Bottom Line
You may be astonished at the difference blepharoplasty surgery can make, not just in your appearance, which will look more vital and healthier, but in your feelings of self-esteem and boosted self-confidence.
Contact us to schedule a free, personalized consultation with the doctor. Find out how blepharoplasty surgery can rejuvenate your appearance and enhance the look of your whole face!