A procedure also called blepharoplasty in medical circles, eyelid surgery is a surgical removal of excess skin designed to help improve the appearance of the eyelids. At the offices of Dr. Steven Warnock, we offer eyelid surgery options for a variety of different treatment needs.
What are some of these common needs that might make you a good candidate for eyelid surgery, and are there times when you should be considering alternatives instead? Let’s take a look.
When to Consider It
If you have excess loose skin on your upper or lower eyeballs, you could be right for this surgery. In addition, your doctor may determine it’s right for you if any of the following factors are present:
- You have puffiness in the upper eyelids due to excess fat
- Loose or sagging skin causes folds, or affects the natural contour of the upper eyelid – sometimes impairing vision
- You have excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid, bags under the eyes or droopiness of the lower eyelids
- Your health is good, and you do not smoke
- You have realistic expectations for improvement – not outright perfection
In certain cases, depending on your situation, there are times where different cosmetic procedures might be preferable to eyelid surgery. Botox injections are sometimes an option, and the fractional eyelift (using a laser to tighten eye skin) is another. Ask your doctor about these options.
When Not to Consider It
There are a few situations where you might not be a good candidate for eyelid surgery:
- For improving crow’s feet or uneven eyes
- For drooping eyebrows – eyelid surgery can make these worse
- For symptoms of dry eye
- For eye infections or other disease
- If you’re a smoker
- If you have a serious illness or infection