If the appearance of the skin around your eyes is making you look older than you would like, you might want to consider an eyelid lift. You may also need one if your eyelids are drooping to the point of blocking your vision. This can put you in dangerous situations during activities such as driving an automobile. The best way to find out if an eyelid lift is right for you is to have a consultation with our plastic surgeon in Austin.
Over time, the skin on and around your eyelids can begin to loosen. This will cause the upper eyelids to droop down over portions of the eyeball. It can also cause the lower lids to pull away from the eye, exposing too much of the eye’s white part. If you have either or both of these conditions, and eyelid lift may be able to help you.
During your one-on-one conversations with others, your eyes can easily be the first thing they notice about you. This is because, during a meaningful discussion, frequent eye contact is made. An eyelid lift can restore any self-confidence you may have lost because of your drooping eyelids.
The skin can loosen when collagen is lost. Collagen is a protein that is found in the lower skin layers with the purpose of keeping the skin full and tight. Loose skin can cause sagging and drooping, depending on its location.
Another thing that frequently contributes to sagging eyelids is a weakening of the muscles that work them. Because the muscles are needed to overcome the pull of gravity, the eyelids can begin to drop as the muscles become weaker, as they do with age. The weakening of the eyelid muscles then leads to a less desirable appearance.
Eyelids can also begin to droop when fatty tissue moves forward into them. There is a layer of this tissue between the eyeballs and the skull. Its purpose is to provide a cushion between the two. Over time, the fatty layer can start to move and end up inside the eyelids. This happens because the membrane that holds it in place weakens. The added weight of the eyelids and the puffiness created by the fatty tissue creates an unwanted look in many situations.
During an eyelid lift at our state-of-the-art surgical suite in Austin, the excess skin responsible for creating an older appearance is carefully removed. The remaining skin is then stitched back together. Depending on your needs, our surgeon will remove fatty tissue and tighten the muscles in the area as well. Whether and how much is removed depends on the particular condition of the eyelids.
You may be a good candidate for an eyelid lift if you are in fairly good overall health with no active eye infections going on. If you are a smoker, our doctor may ask you to quit for the few weeks leading up to the surgery since smoking can slow the healing process.
At Aspira Plastic Surgery & Med Spa in Austin, our trusted plastic surgeon serves the Austin and Round Rock areas with highly personalized cosmetic procedures. If you are ready to learn more about eyelid lift surgery, contact us today to find out if this procedure is right for you.