Your eyes are often the first thing other people notice when you meet them. For this reason, many aging individuals look for ways to achieve a more youthful appearance around the eyes. One way to achieve that more youthful look is with eyelid surgery.
In case you are wondering what eyelid surgery can do for you, an understanding of what causes the eyelids to make you look older can be beneficial. The aging process creates some conditions under which the eyelids can begin to droop, leading to an older appearance. One thing that happens is the muscles that work the eyelids get weaker with age. This makes it more difficult to hold the eyelids completely open, and they begin to droop.
Another thing that takes place is small pockets of fat can move forward into the eyelids. These fat pockets provide a pad between the eyeball and the skull. They are held in place by membranes. As these membranes begin to weaken through the years, the fat is no longer held in its former position. When it moves into the eyelids, it not only makes them look thicker, but the added weight also contributes to drooping.
The skin also becomes looser with age. It loses some of its elasticity and is no longer able to retract back into its former position when it is stretched. These two factors contribute to lines and wrinkles. They also result in excess skin that sags.
When the upper eyelids droop, they can fall down over the upper part of the eye. In some cases, they can droop so far that they actually interfere with vision. When the lower eyelids droop, more of the lower part of the eye is exposed because the eyelids are actually pulled away from the eye.
For those who want to bring back a more youthful appearance, eyelid surgery is an option. During this procedure, excess skin and fat can be removed to create a more youthful appearance.
Eyelid surgery can be performed on both the upper and lower eyelids. It all depends on the unique situation. Make an appointment at the office of Joseph A. Russo, MD in Newton to learn more about how this procedure can benefit you. Proudly serving the Boston and New England areas, Dr. Russo specializes in a variety of cosmetic procedures, such as breast augmentation, tummy tucks and liposuction. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more about eyelid surgery!