While weight gain is common in your 40s and 50s, after 65 the weight gain often stops and you start losing weight, mainly because muscle mass begins decreasing. In addition, skin loses its elasticity, causing sagging skin and wrinkles. In some cases, the skin around the eyelids droops due to the loss of muscle and elasticity and bags may form under the eyes. Drooping upper eyelids may even reduce your field of vision, making it difficult to perform daily tasks like reading and driving. In these cases, an eyelid surgery may be the option.
Taking Steps to Eyelid Surgery
When you schedule a consultation, your doctor will discuss the eyelid surgery procedure with you. Computerized imaging may be used to help guide the discussion and planning
During the outpatient procedure, local anesthesia is commonly used and a light sedative may also be administered to help you relax. Incisions are made within the normal creases of the eyelids: in the eyelid crease for upper eyelid surgery, and either inside of the eyelid or along the lower lash line for lower eyelid surgery. Fat and excess skin are removed, the muscle is trimmed, and then the incision is closed using fine sutures.
At the end of the procedure, usually after a couple of hours, you're free to go home. There is no need for an overnight stay. Because eyelid surgery requires small incisions, bruising and swelling are minor and removal of the stitches takes place after a few days. This makes it easy to get back to your usual routine, typically within a week.
If drooping eyelids or puffy under eye bags are making you feel old or affecting your vision, take control. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Epstein and discover how eyelid surgery can take years off your appearance. As a triple board certified surgeon specializing in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Epstein is renowned as one of the best Miami eyelid surgeons. Call (800) 370-2883 for a personal consultation.
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