Eyelid surgery

July 1, 2014

Aging does not do justice to your body. Skin will sag in many places on the body, including the eyelids. Eyelid surgery has become increasingly popular for both men and women. It’s bad enough getting older, but you don’t want the appearance of your eyelids to cause you to look even older than you are. The extra skin will start sagging around your eyes. Even the muscle below your eyelid will start to lose its strength. All of this will cause your eyelids to become heavy and cause you to appear tired. Getting Des Moines plastic surgery on our eyelids could take 10 years off your appearance.

 

The skin around your eyelids will start becoming visibly different around your 30s or 40s. Your skin posses a certain amount of elasticity and over time it will decrease and cause your skin to loosen. This excess skin will create droopy eyes. There could even be enough excess skin to obstruct your vision. A forehead lift procedure could help with this problem. However, eyelid surgery is a less invasive and less costly procedure. The recovery time may even be faster.

In addition to causing a drooping eyelid, the lack of muscles will create wrinkles in your face. Growing older can have unpleasant effects on your outward appearance. You don’t have to let it affect your face. As soon as your face begins having significant changes, take action. Discuss your options with a Des Moines plastic surgeon.

 

Not everyone’s eyelids will sag as they grow older. Some will sag more than others. Take a look at your parents. Were either of their eyelids significantly affected will old age? If so, it is likely that it will happen to you too. Weakening of muscles and sagging of the eyelid is genetic. Of course, there is a surgical procedure that can help your parents now and you later.

 

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that eyelid surgery was the third most common plastic surgery procedure in the US for the year 2012. The procedure is done by removing the excess skin and fat around your eyelids. You could undergo a complete facelift to correct this problem, and others as well, but that is more costly and much more risky.

 

If you are considering getting eyelid surgery, a plastic surgeon will examine the tissue surround your eyes. If the condition is medical and not due to old age, the surgery may not work effectively.  A good candidate for this procedure is someone that does not smoke and in generally good health. Some bad health conditions can negatively affect your recovery.

 

For the average patient undergoing an eyelid procedure, recovery should only take about 10 days. You may experience swelling, puffiness and bruising, but this will go away with time.

 

Dr. Franks is a board certified plastic surgeon with experience in eye rejuvenation. He can answer any questions you have regarding the procedure or recovery. If you are growing older and your eyes are showing it, you may want to consider this procedure. For more information, contact 515.421.4299.

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