‘How Do I Know If I Need Eyelid Surgery?’

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Are people asking if you feel tired even when you’re well-rested? Have you noticed your peripheral vision getting worse? Those are 2 signs that it could be time to get blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) at our Brentwood, TN, practice south of downtown Nashville. The delicate skin around the eyes often shows early signs of aging, such as puffiness or droopy upper eyelids, which eyelid surgery can correct.

What Are Signs You Need Eyelid Surgery?

If you look in the mirror and notice bags under your eyes, a heavy-lidded appearance, or sagging skin on your upper eyelids, you can likely benefit from eyelid surgery.

People considering blepharoplasty notice:

  • Eyes that look tired or puffy, even when they’ve slept well
  • Bags under the eyes
  • Saggy lower eyelids revealing the whites of their irises
  • Trouble seeing objects to their left or right
  • Wrinkled upper eyelids

Upper or lower eyelid surgery—or combining the procedures during a single operation—corrects these conditions and helps you look more rested and alert.

Eyelid Surgery for Younger Patients

Even though eyelid surgery is usually associated with age-related changes, younger men and women can also benefit from blepharoplasty in specific situations. Here are a few reasons why someone may choose to get eyelid surgery that’s not related to age:

  • Hooded upper eyelids that are an inherited trait: Just as daughters and sons may inherit high cheekbones or strong chins, hooded upper eyelids are a genetic trait that parents may pass on to their offspring. Although not all people are bothered by hooded eyelids, upper eyelid surgery can create a “lifted” look for patients who feel they have a “sleepy” appearance.
  • Bags under the eyes: “Eye bag removal surgery” is a phrase young adults are using more often when they come in for a consultation at our practice. Surgery or nonsurgical treatments such as dermal fillers can eliminate puffy bags under the eyes. Lower eyelid surgery has the advantage of producing long-lasting results compared to fillers.
  • Asymmetrical eyelid sagging: As a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Boggess has the technical skills to perform the eyelid surgery needed to correct the asymmetrical sagging of an eyelid. The surgical procedure is more technically demanding than blepharoplasty and should be performed by a plastic surgeon specializing in facial plastic surgery.

Adults in their 20s, 30s, or 40s who are bothered by any of these conditions can get great results from eyelid surgery.

What Happens During Eyelid Surgery?

Even though blepharoplasty is considered a fairly straightforward procedure, it’s important to have a facial plastic surgeon who’s extremely familiar with the anatomy surrounding the delicate upper and lower eyelids.

During upper eyelid surgery, Dr. Boggess makes incisions in the lids’ natural creases and then removes fat and excess skin. Scarring after the procedure is virtually imperceptible. Lower blepharoplasty also removes excess skin or fat from a patient’s lower eyelids but is also used to remove and reposition fat below the eye. The incisions are made either along the natural lash line or inside the lids.

If you’re considering eyelid surgery in the Nashville area, use the online form to request a consultation to see if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. Or call our office at (615) 942-8016 to schedule an appointment.

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