There is no perfect age for an eyelid lift. You are a candidate for an eyelid lift if you have loose skin, or need to have your upper or lower eyelid appear more rejuvenated. Bags under the eyes are also an indication for eyelid lift surgery, and this can occur at any age.
A very common reason to consider an eyelid lift is loose, saggy skin. This occurs to aging and sun damage. You may have loose skin of the upper or lower eyelids, or both. Some ethnic groups, especially Asians, may have naturally a slight excess of skin in the upper eyelids. To tighten this loose skin, a surgical incision can be placed in the upper eyelid fold or under the eyelash line of the lower eyelid, or both, to trim the loose skin and tighten the remaining loose skin.
Having bags under the lower eye is a more common among younger patients who want an eyelid lift. Bags under the eyelids are due to pseudo herniation, or not enough skin and muscle tightness, of the lower eyelid fat pockets. These very small fat pockets, or loose lower eyelid muscle and skin, or a combination of these factors, gives you a tired appearance. This may result in bags and dark circles under your eyes.
Skin creams, skin care, and even laser treatment may not be enough to eliminate these eyelid bags and dark circles. Even if your lower eyelid skin is substantially tighter, you may still have the loose bags and dark circles under your eyes, because these treatments can’t address muscle tightening or excision of the small amounts of fat. To fix those areas, you may need surgery.
To remove just the small fat deposits, you may need a surgical approach from inside the lower eyelid, also known as the conjunctiva or the pink portion of the eyelid. These fat deposits can also be removed from the outside, through an incision underneath your lower eyelash line.
To remove a portion of the muscle that’s loose, or to tighten the muscle and other eyelid structures underneath the skin, you will probably need a surgical incision from the outside of the eye, under the lower eyelid eyelash area.
So, it doesn’t matter what age you are– if you have loose skin, saggy appearing eyes, of dark bags under your eyes, you may be a candidate for eyelid lift surgery.
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