Our eyelids are responsible for protecting our eyes from dirt, dust, and other foreign objects. They keep our eyes moist by spreading a layer of tears every time we blink.
Sometimes, however, your eyelids do not function as they should. You may also desire eyelid surgery to improve the cosmetic appearance of droopy eyelids.
Keep reading to learn five signs it may be worth thinking about eyelid surgery!
1. Your Drooping Eyelids Are Affecting Your Vision
Do you find yourself needing to raise your chin or eyebrows to see better? In some cases, droopy eyelids can hang low enough to block vision.
This condition is referred to as ptosis. While it is most commonly associated with age, it can occur anytime, whether from genetics, injury, or other factors.
It results from weakened muscles in the eyelid. One or both eyes can be affected.
When it gets to the point where sagging skin impedes your field of vision, it is likely time to consider surgery. You may find that your droopy eyelids interfere with your peripheral vision.
In more severe cases, droopy eyelids can also obstruct your central if they begin to block the pupil. By lifting the eyelids, ptosis repair surgery can allow you to use your entire range of vision once again.
2. You Want to Look Younger
As you get older, it is natural for your skin to lose its elasticity. The loss of elasticity in your skin can cause wrinkles to develop.
Decreased elasticity is a result of our bodies producing less collagen and elastin. These two proteins keep our skin firm and allow it to bounce back when stretched.
When you have sagging skin, it can cause you to appear even older than you are. Skin can also collect on the eyelids, causing them to droop and affecting your appearance.
This eye condition is called dermatochalasis. If you’re looking for a way to rejuvenate your appearance, eyelid surgery may be the answer.
By improving the droopy appearance of the skin around your eyes, you can look more youthful. A blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure that removes or redistributes excess skin, fat, and muscle from the eye area.
Your oculoplastic surgeon can perform this procedure on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. You can leave our office with renewed confidence!
3. You Always Look Tired
Many people complain that loved ones and friends tell them that they always look tired. It seems that no matter how well-rested they may feel, their eyes still appear tired.
In addition to making you look younger, eyelid surgery has the potential to make you appear more awake. Eyelid surgery improves saggy skin and reduces the appearance of bags, puffiness, and dark circles that occur under your eyes.
This means no more purchasing expensive products to cover them up, with a less-than-desirable effect. After surgery, you can look refreshed and ready to take on anything your day may bring.
4. Your Lower Eyelids Turn Inward or Outward
The proper functioning of your eyelids is essential to maintaining a healthy front surface of your eyes. When your lower eyelids turn in or out, it can affect your eyes’ surface and overall health.
Eyelid malpositioning can lead to infection and tearing, not to mention discomfort. One type of malpositioning is entropion, and this is when the eyelids turn inward.
If you have entropion, you may find your eyelashes rub against your eye, which can cause irritation. Another type of eyelid malposition is ectropion, which is when your eyelids turn outward.
When your eyelids turn outward, the vulnerable inner skin is exposed to the air and potential irritants. This can occur on one or both of the lower eyelids.
These conditions are typically a product of aging but can also be associated with trauma and chronic rubbing. Depending on the cause, multiple surgeries are available that can correctly reposition the eyelids.
In addition to alleviating discomfort, they will restore a normal appearance to your lower lids.
5. You Have a Mark on Your Eyelids
If you’re tired of looking in the mirror and seeing a lesion or other abnormality on your eyelids, our oculoplastic surgeons can help. In most cases, it is a straightforward procedure performed in-office.
If needed, your oculoplastic doctor can send the lesion off to be biopsied.
The majority of people can heal on their own without the need for sutures.
In the event of eyelid skin cancer, dermatologic surgeons work closely with oculoplastic surgeons to remove only the skin that contains cancer cells. They have the training and experience to effectively remove these lesions without damaging the surrounding healthy tissue.
Your oculoplastic surgeon will then reconstruct the eyelid with careful attention to functionality and cosmetic appearance.
Do you want to learn more about how eyelid surgery may be able to benefit you? Schedule a consultation at Takle Eye Group in Griffin, GA, today!