Summary: There are certainly more than three signs you might need an eyelid lift. And it usually takes more than one such sign to motivate patients to seek out the opinion of a plastic surgeon anyway. But the existence of such a procedure–of blepharoplasty–means you have more options than ever when it comes to getting the youthful-looking results you’re after.
Looking at Three Signs You Might Need An Eyelid Lift
Eyelid lift procedures, medically known as blepharoplasty, have become incredibly popular. Clearly, there are way more than three signs you might need an eyelid lift, just because everyone’s different. We all age in unique ways. But today we’re going to look at three of the most common ways in which the signs of aging around the eyes might first manifest.
For those who don’t know, an eyelid lift (again, also known as blepharoplasty) is a minimally invasive plastic surgery procedure that is designed to make the eyes appear more youthful. You might be thinking, isn’t this what a facelift is supposed to do?
Well, yes and no. It turns out that the wrinkles around the eyes are pretty special (awesome?). In part, that’s because the geography (topography?) around the eyes is, well, equally special. It’s the way in which wrinkles and excess skin tend to collect around your eyes that makes it a particularly problematic area for a facelift to treat. That’s why many surgeons recommend patients undergo blepharoplasty when they have concerns about excess skin around the eyes.
Sign You Might Need an Eyelid Lift #1: Bulges Around the Eyes
One of the first signs that a blepharoplasty might benefit you is could likely be bulges of skin around the eyes. Now, these bulges aren’t necessarily unsightly. They could blend in perfectly well with the rest of your face–they might not even be noticeable to anyone but yourself. But they could also be a sign of aging in your future.
There could be several reasons for these bulges that develop above or below your eyes. One possible reason could be excess skin. But more often, the reason involves the movement of fat deposits. These fat deposits slowly succumb to gravity, sagging to a position that tends to make the skin bulge out a little bit.
Blepharoplasty seeks to address this by moving the fat deposit back to where it’s supposed to be. This effectively resets the way the “bulge” looked. And while that bulge may develop again over time, such a development would likely take several years (if not decades) to fully manifest.
Sign You Might Need an Eyelid Lift #2: Too Much Skin
There can come a point where the skin around your eyes starts to sag. It’s affected by gravity, just as everything else is. There are two things that happens when skin sags:
- First, sagging skin tends to increase the overall surface area of skin. Skin is supposed to be somewhat elastic. But as the skin sags, it doesn’t bounce back (it might have when you were younger, but it doesn’t anymore). This means you end up with even more excess skin as time goes on, making the problems associated with it worse.
- Second, this excess skin can actually start to impair your vision. You may not even be aware of it, but, coupled with misplaced fat deposits, excess skin can often start to droop right into your field of vision. This can decrease the amount of light that reaches your eyes. And this excess skin can then diminish what you can actually see. It blocks your line of sight.
It’s no surprise, then, that eliminating as much of this excess skin as possible is one of the primary purposes of blepharoplasty surgery.
Sign You Might Need an Eyelid Lift #3: Significant Lines and Wrinkles
Bulges, excess skin, and other factors can all combine to form what is perhaps the most commonly agreed upon sign of aging: lines and wrinkles. Because of the factors listed above, lines and wrinkles have a tendency to develop in quite a concentrated pattern around the eyes. Those lines and wrinkles, in part due to their close grouping, can often make the eyes appear old, fatigued, and even sad.
Certainly, the eyes suddenly look older than the rest of the face. But because the eyes are so central to non-verbal communication (they are the windows to the soul, as it were), this tends to make the entire face look old–even if wrinkles are relatively rare throughout the rest of your appearance. Therefore, many patients who end up suffering from this close grouping of lines and wrinkles around the eyes seek out an eyelid lift to mitigate the issue.
Aging the Way You Want
In some cases, blepharoplasty is coupled with a facelift procedure of some kind–but this is usually left to the patient’s discretion (in conjunction with the advice of the surgeon). Ultimately, blepharoplasty exists to give patients an extra option, to allow patients to have more say in how they age. Sure, there are more than three signs you might need an eyelid lift. The point is that if you need one (and you want one), you have an option for how to age in the way you want.