Should I Consider Eyelid Surgery?

woman rubbing her eyelid

There’s more than one reason to consider eyelid surgery. You may have large bags under your eyes. These can make you feel self-conscious.

You could have droopy upper eyelids that can sag so low they interfere with your vision. Some people even need to have complete eyelid reconstruction after physical trauma has occurred. Whatever your reasons are, eyelid surgery may be worth considering.

Keep reading to learn more!

Blepharoplasty

Natural aging includes droopy skin, which can include your eyelids. Over time, fat may begin to accumulate underneath and above your eyes.

This creates cosmetic problems and even blocks vision in some cases. Sagging skin may pull down on your lower lids. It may prevent you from completely opening your eyes.

In this case, blepharoplasty is the solution. Blepharoplasty is slightly different depending on which eyelid your surgeon repairs.

In the case where both eyelids are being repaired, the surgeon begins with the upper eyelid. First, they’ll create an incision along the eyelid’s natural crease.

Cutting here will hide the surgery scar. Excess skin, muscle, and sometimes fat are then carefully removed. The upper incision is then closed with some simple stitching.

A similar process occurs on the lower lid where the incision’s made below the lashes or inside the eyelid to hide scarring. With lower eyelids, it may be necessary to redistribute fat or muscle rather than remove it.

Ptosis Surgery

Ptosis occurs when the muscles in the eyelid do not support it. The levator muscle in the eyelid may stretch or separate.

This happens as a natural part of aging as well. It may also be the result of an injury or complication from a previous surgery.

Rarely, ptosis may be a warning sign of a disease or tumor. The result is an eyelid that doesn’t open fully on its own.

A new medication recently developed may help to treat ptosis without surgery. Oxymetazoline is a medication that’s an eye drop that can strengthen your levator muscle. But ptosis surgery is also a viable solution.

Depending on how severe your ptosis is, the surgeon will either need to make a simple change or completely reattach the levator muscle. Like a blepharoplasty, ptosis surgery is a simple outpatient procedure.

Entropion/Ectropion

Another eyelid problem that can occur as a result of aging and getting older is when the lower eyelid begins to turn inside or outside. The conditions are called entropion and ectropion.

Both conditions can result in irritated eyes. Entropion causes the eyelid to come into contact with the eye. Ectropion leaves the eye exposed to the elements.

To fix entropion or ectropion, the surgeon may need to remove a small part of your eyelid, which will tighten the muscles around the area. In some cases, the surgeon may need to perform a mucous membrane graft.

Don’t settle for living with unpleasant eyelids or sagging bags under your eyes! Schedule an appointment at Rosenthal Eye Surgery in Great Neck, NY, and get back to living your life!

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