Getting Older Really Isn’t A Problem, Well.. Until You Start Noticing Heaviness Around The Eye Area
“If you speak with someone, you usually look at their eyes – not their nose, or mouth so if your upper eyelids look saggy, that can make you look tired, old and not engaging” says Dr Vanessa
Droopy eyelids are a major reason why some people consider eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) to remove and tighten excess eyelid skin for a more alert, youthful appearance.
As we age, our upper eyelids tend to droop due to loss of collagen and skin elasticity.
Excess or poorly positioned skin and fat in the upper lid and surrounding periorbital area combine to give the impression of inelastic, ageing skin. Eyelift procedures (sometimes called “upper eyelid blepharoplasty” can help to reverse the appearance of ageing, by removing excess skin from the upper eyelid. Fat and small amounts of muscle are also removed in some cases. Lid crease (double eyelid) is then formed to make the eyes appear more attractive and prominent. You will look more radiant than ever!
A similar approach is also used for “droopy eyes”. An eyelift can elevate an upper eyelid margin slightly if the heaviness of the excessive skin actually is “weighing down” the upper eyelid, causing it to droop. Hence, after surgery, the eyes can appear bigger and brighter.
Remember, an eyelift should not be confused with upper eyelid ptosis surgery, which is a procedure to raise the position of the upper eyelid margin by tightening the muscle and tendon that normally elevate it.
Sometimes, your doctor may recommend a brow lift instead. If the eyebrows are in a good position, then it is possible to perform an eye lift to remove the excess skin. However, If the eyebrows are particularly low, a brow lift is the better idea. Read more about brow lifts here.
I've Always Had Heavy Eyelids, It Only Got Worse...
I have always had heavy eyelids, and now ever since my 40th Birthday, they are wrinkled and droopy.
My right lays heavy on my eye and eyelashes to the point that I often hold it up with my fingers for comfort. Botox in my forehead exasperated this, especially on my right side. My initial consult with Dr Vanessa was comforting, she is warm, friendly and very informative upfront, with possible complications. I have been waiting for 6 years and I'm really excited to have finally gotten rid of this problem. I look so much better and refreshed!