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Is Eyelid Surgery Right for Me?

“Why do I look tired all the time when I don’t feel tired?”

This question can mean many things to a plastic surgeon, but when my patients ask me this while pointing directly at their eyelids it becomes pretty clear.    

Through genetics, sun damage and the aging process, changes occur to both the upper eyelids and lower eyelids, which can produce a tired, aged appearance. Heavy, drooping upper eyelids and baggy lower eyelids often times producing the classic “tear trough” deformity can represent these changes.

Luckily, advances in eyelid surgery, which also incorporate non-surgical techniques, can markedly improve this popular area of concern. Whether it’s excess skin of the upper eyelids, fatty pouches on the lower eyelids or wrinkles from muscle over-activity, eyelid lifts can help remove and re-contour these areas. The result is a more youthful and refreshed appearance.    

So how does one figure out if eyelid surgery is the procedure they’re looking for? You can use the following questions as a guide: 

  1. Do you appear perpetually tired or upset even though you aren’t?
  2. Do you have tired, aging eyelids?
  3. Do you have excess or drooping skin of the upper eyelids?
  4. Do you have bags or puffiness of the lower eyelids?
  5. Have you tried getting enough sleep and using eye creams to improve the appearance of your eyes but to no avail?

If the answer is yes to one or more of the above, eyelid rejuvenation is most likely to help you in your quest to restore a more refreshed appearance.  




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