How to Determine Whether You Need a Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty
When the topics of anti-aging or facial rejuvenation procedures are raised, many people tend to only associate them with basic facelift procedures. However, there are numerous patients who are able to benefit from having a lower eyelid blepharoplasty procedure performed as well. Below are a few simple signs to look out for that will determine whether you will be able to benefit from having this procedure carried out.
Loose or Hanging Skin around the Eyes
This is usually one of the most obvious signs that point toward the fact that blepharoplasty may need to be performed – especially when the upper eyelid skin starts to overhang the crease of the lid itself and gravitate towards the eyelashes. Any loose skin that seems to hang around the eye area could be caused by an excess of fat that is being stored in the eyelids themselves as well. If you find that you are constantly being asked if you are tired, angry or even sad (when you aren’t), it is a clear indication that you could benefit from having eyelid surgery done.
Difficulty Keeping the Eyes Open
Another sign that a blepharoplasty procedure may be needed is when it becomes difficult to keep your eyes open – even when you are not tired. This occurs as a direct result of the eyelids that are sagging because of gravity or other factors such as age or spending a lot of time out in the sun without any form of eye protection. Over time, this will not only look unsightly and feel uncomfortable; it will eventually have a negative effect on the quality of your vision as well. In many cases, the need to have this procedure performed will also be accentuated by permanent dark circles that appear under the eyes.
Finding the Right Surgeon
Altering the appearance of the eyelids in any way is an extremely delicate process and as such, it should only be performed by a surgeon who has an extensive level of experience with performing blepharoplasty procedures. An experienced surgeon will know exactly how much excess skin and fat to remove in order to prevent a patient from ending up with a ‘surprised’ look for the rest of his or her life. If too much skin and fat is removed, it can affect the overall health of the eyes by causing lower lid retraction (pulling down of the eyelid), and the procedure is also close to impossible to reverse or even repair correctly if it has been performed incorrectly.
In cases where a surgeon can prove that a patient’s vision is being negatively affected by his or her sagging eyelids, many health care insurances may be willing to cover the cost of the procedure. However, if this does not occur, patients may be able to qualify for pre-approved health credit in order to have the procedure performed. Anyone who is interested in finding out how they can benefit from a blepharoplasty procedure should contact us today.