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If you’re considering eyelid surgery, it’s comforting to know that thousands of others have preceded you in taking this step. It’s one of the top five cosmetic surgery procedures, even outranking the facelift, although many people have both of them done at the same time. Most eyelid surgery patients are women, but men also select the procedure.
The number of eyelid surgeries in the United States is increasing and now approaches almost 200,000 per year. Unlike some other cosmetic surgery procedures, eyelid surgery is likely to last the remainder of your life; it’s a one-and-done deal. That could help explain its 94% patient satisfaction rating.
Why get eyelid surgery? One reason is to correct a medical condition. As you age, your eyelids sometimes begin to droop and cover your eyes, impairing your vision. When this occurs, most insurance plans cover the cost of the surgery — a real plus, because you receive the benefit of a cosmetic procedure at the same time.
The cosmetic reason people choose eyelid surgery is that it makes you look younger and improves your appearance — sometimes dramatically. If you look at before-and-after photos of patients, you can see how surgery on both upper and lower eyelids makes a profound difference in the appearance of the skin around the eyes.
Following are things that eyelid surgery corrects, reducing the effects of aging or genetics.
Nature may have given you extra skin that appears as bags under your eyes or puffy eyelids. Researchers say genetics are often to blame. Your genes may have played a role in the fat moving from under your eyeball to the front of your eye, or aging may have caused more fat to collect under your eyeball.
Either way, you dislike this physical feature that detracts from your appearance. Dr. Richard A. Levine can eliminate these crescent or half-moon pouches and puffy lids through surgery.
If you have skin drooping forward over your eye, it’s likely going to worsen, impairing your vision. Why is this happening? Droopy eyelids, technically called ptosis, can happen to anyone — they can even appear in babies.
But the most common reason eyelids droop is the natural aging process. You have a muscle under the upper lid that holds it up. Aging can stretch the muscle so the eyelid starts to fall. If this describes you, your health insurance plan most likely covers the procedure.
Dr. Levine corrects this droop so your whole eye shows and you get back the space between your lashes and the brow bone. This change alone makes you appear younger.
Wrinkles and drooping skin around the eyes are unwelcome signs of aging. You’re still you on the inside, but the way you look begins to change. Sagging skin and wrinkles on your lower lids can make you look years older than your chronological age and deal a blow to your self-esteem.
If you’re a sun worshipper, the wrinkles may appear earlier than they normally would as a result of sun damage. Dr. Levine removes all or most of the offending wrinkles and corrects your drooping skin with eyelid surgery.
More good news about eyelid surgery: Unless you want to, you don’t have to go under general anesthesia, which some people don’t tolerate well. You can choose IV sedation instead. And if you follow post-op instructions, side effects are minor, healing is fast, and complications are rare.
Call or book an appointment online with Richard A. Levine, MD, DDS, FACS, for a consultation to find out what eyelid surgery can do for you.
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