Help for Your Drooping Eyelids

The medical name for the surgery to correct drooping eyelids is blepharoplasty. It can be performed solely for cosmetic reasons, or to correct a medical problem. Just as with the rest of your face, the structures that hold your eyelids in place weaken with time, and the result can be a hooded eye. 

Matthew J. Lynch, MD, understands that how you feel about the way you look can have an enormous impact on your life. If you’re uncomfortable with your appearance, it impacts everything from your social life to how you present yourself in professional situations. Droopy eyelids can make you look and feel much older than you actually are. Blepharoplasty could be the best solution for you. 

Ptosis and you

Blepharoplasty is the name for the corrective surgery; ptosis is the name for drooping eyelids. You can develop ptosis due to a medical condition, trauma, or simply aging. If your eyelids started drooping as you celebrated another birthday in your 40s, 50s, or 60s, you’re not alone. 

Aging is the most common reason for ptosis. The muscle that lifts your upper eyelid is called the levator muscle, and it stretches and weakens with time. That weakening allows your eyelid to droop, and can cause you to develop ptosis in one eye or both. 

When your eyelids sag, you tend to look tired, and that can make you look older. Severe cases of ptosis can even obscure your vision. 

Problems under your eyes

If you seem to always have bags under your eyes, you probably look excessively tired. You might resort to concealer to try and hide them. 

The bags that appear beneath your eyes are, like ptosis, a result of the aging process. The skin around your eyes is thin and quite delicate, and it loses some elasticity over time. Tissues can settle in the area, and the muscles are weaker, so you’re left looking like you don’t get enough rest. 

Bags under your eyes are largely a cosmetic concern, but we understand that cosmetic concerns can have a big impact on your life. 

How blepharoplasty can help

When Dr. Lynch performs blepharoplasty, he makes tiny, barely visible incisions in the natural creases of your eyelids in order to correct your problem. The recovery time is only about 10-14 days for the vast majority of people. 

You can have blepharoplasty to correct sagging upper eyelids, bags under your eyes, or both, depending on your situation and preferences. In some cases, combining blepharoplasty with another procedure or treatment, like a filler or Botox® injections is the best solution. 

During blepharoplasty, Dr. Lynch removes excess skin, tightens the area so that wrinkles are smoothed, and may remove any excess fat from beneath your eyes. After you’ve recovered, you look younger, your eyes seem to open wider, and you look like you’ve had a great night’s sleep! In other words, you look like the best version of yourself. 

Depending on your situation, Dr. Lynch may suggest blepharoplasty as an outpatient procedure, so you don’t need to stay overnight in the hospital. Appropriate numbing and sedation are used so you remain conscious but comfortable. 

If you’re ready to learn more about blepharoplasty and find out if it might be the right solution for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Lynch today by calling our East Windsor, New Jersey, office or requesting an appointment online. He’s happy to answer your questions and evaluate your situation. 

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