Over the years, eyelids can start to sag. Not only can they make a person look older, but also they may feel very heavy. If you are experiencing droopy lids, you may wonder if an elective blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is right for you.

Several changes occur in our eyelids as we age. By the late 30s or early 40s, the thin skin of our eyelids starts to lose its elasticity and begins to stretch, resulting in excess folds of skin that may hang down over the edge of the upper eyelids. In most people, this skin is the “first to go.” You may feel an extra heaviness in the upper lid or feel the skin sitting on your lashes.

And as we age, the muscles beneath our skin also grow weaker, allowing fat to protrude through and cause bags, particularly in the lower eyelids. The levator muscle, which lifts the upper eyelids, can become weak, causing the upper eyelid to droop.

Furthermore, fine wrinkle lines and creases appear in the delicate skin around the lids. The result is a tired, sleepy or sad look. These changes detract from the natural beauty of the eye area.

Blepharoplasty corrects drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags below the eyes by removing excess fat, skin and muscle. It goes a long way in restoring a youthful appearance with minimal cost, risk and recovery time. In fact, many people choose blepharoplasty over a complete facelift.

Dr. Moraitis will conduct a physical examination to determine what is causing the droopy lid. If it’s downward displacement of the brow, then the correction is to elevate the position of the brow with or without surgery of the upper lid. One must not assume that all eyelid droops can be corrected by blepharoplasty.

Blepharoplasty is a relatively low-cost procedure, and recovery time is short. Under normal conditions, you should be able to return to daily activities within seven to ten days. Initially, you may experience post eyelid surgery swelling, bruising, irritation or dry eyes and discomfort, which are controlled with medication, cold compresses and ointment.

A consultation with Dr. Moraitis in his Palm Harbor office will help determine whether eyelid surgery is for you.