The eyes have it. This is a sentiment that has been tossed around for many years. The eyes say a lot about a person. We communicate with our eyes. We dress them up with eyeshadow and mascara. We rely on them to see well. We want our eyes to have it. As you may know, “having it” isn’t a given. If what you see in the mirror is not the bright and energetic image that portrays your true nature, it may be time to obtain some assistance. The question is, do you visit your local med spa or do you consult with an experienced oculoplastic surgeon? Let’s see if we can make heads or tails of this.
Surgery or No Surgery?
The ultimate question that most people have about their eye-related concerns is whether they should have surgery or not. The development of Botox and other injectables has made it easy to think that surgery is an unnecessary step. It’s true that a lot of improvement can be achieved with injectables alone. However, if the upper or lower eyelids have become noticeably lax or puffy, no amount of Botox or filler may reach the desired amount of improvement.
Visible signs that you may be best served with blepharoplasty include excessive sagginess in either eyelid, general facial atrophy that affects the appearance of the eyes, muscle atrophy around the eyes, and general tissue drooping around the eyes. Sometimes, the loss of collagen is so significant that the upper eyelids present a challenge to optimal vision. If the tissue of the upper eyelid drops below the lashes, blepharoplasty moves beyond cosmetics and becomes necessary for natural function.
Reaching the “Right Age”
A standard aspect of wondering “is blepharoplasty right for me?” is to consider age. It is a common misconception to think that there is a “right age” for eyelid surgery. In truth, patients of all ages visit our Amarillo office for information regarding blepharoplasty. There is no perfect age, only right circumstances. In many cases, those ideal circumstances are present in twenty-somethings.
Younger patients are open to eyelid surgery for many reasons. Some have naturally heavy eyelids thanks to their family lineage. Heavy eyelids can prevent a person from applying makeup the way they’d like, or even mascara. Eyelid ptosis is another common reason for seeking eyelid surgery (though ptosis repair is slightly different than blepharoplasty).