Aging Eyelids (Eyelid or Blepharoplasty Surgery): Treatment of aging of the upper eyelids is an important component of facial rejuvenation. The eyelids are of course, the frame of the eyes, and sagging of the tissues around the eyes can result in an aged or tired appearance.
Surgical eyelid rejuvenation can be perfomed as a stand-alone procedure, or in conjunction with other procedures, especially brow surgery. The brow and muscles between the brow (the glabellar muscles) are intimately related to the eyelids. In some cases, what appears to be a heavy upper eyelid can actually be due to a heavy brow or due to excessive glabellar muscle activity.
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Upper eyelid redundancy is frequently part of the problem. This is usually worst and/or heaviest in the outside corner of the eye. This excess tissue is delicately removed, with the remaining incision falling camouflaged into the natural crease above the eyelid. The shape of the removed tissue is fashioned with gentle curves and absolutely no tension, creating the most natural and attractive look possible. Fat below the skin of the upper lid may be removed carefully as well, sculpting the eyelid into an aesthetically pleasing shape.
Heaviness is not really the problem in aging of the lower lid. In the lower lid, aging frequently involves a bulging fullness below the eye, and crepe-like skin excess below the lashes.