Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, can remove excess fat, skin, and muscle tissue from the upper and lower eyelids. The purpose of blepharoplasty is usually to correct age-related skin laxity and to restore a proper appearance and function to the eyelids. If you’re not sure whether eyelid surgery is right for you, here is some useful information regarding who is a good candidate for blepharoplasty.
An Aged Appearance
When your droopy eyelids cause you to look tired and aged, you may be the perfect candidate for eyelid surgery. Blepharoplasty can correct puffiness or bags under your eyes and drooping upper eyelids to restore a more youthful and rested appearance. However, it does not correct crow’s feet, dark circles, or sagging eyebrows. If any of these are an issue for you, consider using other treatments or procedures to improve your appearance, such as a brow lift, facelift, or facial injectables.
If your upper eyelids are obstructing your vision, you may be an excellent candidate for blepharoplasty. Your insurance company may cover your eyelid surgery if you can prove that your drooping upper eyelids are interfering with your sightlines. Eyelid surgery can correct this condition by removing excess tissue so that your eyelids will not hang over your eyes.
Age is a huge factor in qualifying for eyelid surgery. Most patients will be at least age 35 because it is usually after this point in life that age-related skin laxity begins to cause problems with the eyelids. However, individuals with droopy or baggy eyelids in their family history may qualify to undergo blepharoplasty at a younger age.
Men or Women
Men and women alike can qualify for blepharoplasty. The procedure works well for individuals of either gender.
In order to undergo eyelid surgery, you should be physically healthy. You should have no major chronic eye conditions or other health conditions. Certain health conditions such as hypothyroidism, high blood pressure, diabetes, Graves’ disease, cardiovascular disease, and other circulatory disorders may increase the risk of complications. Additionally, chronic dry eyes, a lack of tears, glaucoma, a detached retina, or other eye conditions could disqualify you for the procedure. To protect your health and your eyes, consult your ophthalmologist before seeking eyelid surgery. Those with contacts or glasses may still qualify for eyelid surgery if their eyes are otherwise healthy.
Stable mental, emotional, and psychological health is necessary to qualify you for blepharoplasty. You should only undergo the procedure for your own reasons, not to please others, and you should be mentally prepared for the procedure and the recovery.
Even with a highly skilled plastic surgeon, there is no guarantee that the results of your procedure will match your ideal appearance. Eyelid surgery is not meant to completely change your appearance to fit an unrealistic ideal; it is meant to restore a more youthful and aesthetically pleasing appearance that best flatters your unique anatomy. It is important that you have realistic expectations about the procedure and that you communicate your goals to Dr. Scroggins with as much detail as possible so that he can help you achieve them.
To learn more about blepharoplasty and whether or not it is right for you, schedule your consultation with Dr. Carlton Scroggins. He will analyze your health, your eyelids, your anatomy, and your goals to determine the best way to help you. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Scroggins, call (301) 220-0400 or fill out our online contact form today.