Your eyes are often the first thing others notice about you, and you want to feel good making eye contact when you meet someone new. Because of this, it can be a struggle to feel confident when dealing with droopy eyelids. However, you don’t have to live with drooping eyelids; at My Cosmetic Clinic in NSW, we offer eyelid surgery at our nine locations.
Do I Need Eyelid Surgery?
Only you can determine when you are ready for eyelid surgery. Some reasons our patients have had for seeking this surgery are aesthetic. Droopy eyelids can make you appear older than you are. They can also contribute to forehead wrinkles, as most people lift their eyebrows while attempting to open their eyes very wide to counteract the drooping eyelids.
For some people, their eyelids droop to the extent that it can interfere with their ability to see. This effect can pose a danger for driving if their vision is impaired enough. While interfering with their sight is an urgent reason for a patient to seek a solution to their droopy lids, there are other reasons a patient may consider this procedure.
Top Reasons to Consider Surgery
1. You Have Trouble Wearing Eye Makeup
Applying eye cosmetics is a simple way many people choose to enhance their natural beauty. Excess skin can make it difficult to apply eye shadow or eyeliner evenly. Applying makeup to a taut, smooth surface is far easier than trying to put makeup on a surface that falls and shifts. Additionally, products such as anti-aging eye creams also go on evenly when the skin around the eyes is smooth.
2. You Have Heavy Upper Eyelids
When you think “bedroom eyes”, sultry stars like Bette Davis come to mind. The sensual aesthetic is created by pairing specific cosmetic application techniques and a slightly heavier upper eyelid. Unfortunately, this elegant look can come at a cost, as people sporting the heavier lids can experience strain in the muscles around their eyes and eyebrow.
3. You Consistently Look Tired
Everyone has days where they look as if they are struggling to keep their eyes open, but it can be an everyday occurrence when you have heavy drooping lids. Your eyes appearing tired can drag down your entire appearance, as well as make you look less alert. Having the surgery can shave years off of your features, and many of our patients wish they had tried this option earlier.
4. Your Vision is Impaired
We touched on it briefly before, but impaired vision due to drooping eyelids is a genuine issue for many people. Eyelids that drop in the front can make it difficult to perform everyday tasks such as driving or reading. This impairment occurs because the eyelid droops low enough that it partially covers the pupil.
Eyelids that drop near the outer corners can also impair your vision, particularly your peripheral vision. From a biological standpoint, your peripheral vision is scientifically proven to be essential for both your visual perception and your reflexes. Some studies have shown that peripheral vision is more accurate than frontal vision, so it’s clear that good peripheral vision is necessary for daily functioning.
5. You Have Excess Skin
It isn’t just the weight of the upper eyelids that can cause the issues detailed above; excess skin can also contribute to the problem. Crow’s feet and tear-troughs become far more apparent when there is extra skin to emphasize them. The skin around the eye area is extremely fragile compared to other places on the face, and having an excess of it increases the potential for injury or scarring.
How Does Surgery Work?
The medical name for the surgery is blepharoplasty, and it is an outpatient procedure. A doctor will remove excess skin, tissue, and fat from the upper or lower eyelid. This surgery aims to remove weight from the eyelid, which can help the patient open their eyes more easily and be able to see better.
Is This a Common Surgery?
Over the last several years, blepharoplasty has become one of the most popular procedures for the eye area. Patients seek this routine outpatient surgery for both aesthetic and medical reasons. This option is often used to create a smoother and softer appearance on the upper face.
Can This Surgery Be Combined With Other Treatments?
Blepharoplasty pairs well with other treatments, especially injectables. Botox, for example, is used to smooth the appearance of wrinkles on the forehead and around the brows. Also, some patients opt to use dermal fillers to increase under-eye volume and enhance the surgery results.
Can This Surgery Be Used to Change the Shape of Your Eyes?
This surgery can be utilized to augment the shape of your eyes for a specific aesthetic result. Your surgeon will be able to let you know the realistic alteration expectations for changing the shape of your eyes. Be sure to bring this desire up at your consultation.
What Risks are Associated With the Surgery?
The potential complications could include bleeding, dry eyes, swelling, temporary blurred vision, asymmetry during healing, and ectropion- where the lower eyelid turns outward. Our surgeon will discuss the potential for complications during your consultation. You can rest easy, knowing that our team’s extensive training and dedication will ensure you receive the utmost care.
Blepharoplasty for Improved Confidence
Many people believe that eyes are the windows to the soul, and we agree! If you would like to let the world see the light in your eyes, schedule a consultation with our team at My Cosmetic Clinic in NSW.