What is the best age for eyelid surgery?


Your family, friends, and coworkers have been asking you if you are getting enough sleep because you’ve been looking tired. Others may have asked you why you are angry when you’re not. But, the real question is, why are you being asked these questions? 

Have you taken a good look at yourself lately? It may be your eyes. Your eyelids have started to droop down making your brow look heavy and your eyes look like they aren’t open. No matter how much money you have spent on creams and serums to brighten your dark circles or to brighten your eyes nothing seems to help.

How do you know that you may need eyelid surgery? You may be experiencing some of the following symptoms:

  • Excessive upper skin on your eyelids
  • Eyelids that are hooded and droop over your eyes, blocking your ability to see
  • Sagging, puffiness, or bulging skin around your upper or lower eyelids
  • Bags under your eyes because of displaced fat or skin that has sagged
  • Wrinkles around your upper or lower eyelids

If you have any of these symptoms Dr. Scot Glasberg can discuss the benefits of blepharoplasty with you. 

What happens during a blepharoplasty?

During an upper blepharoplasty, also known as an eyelid lift or eyelid surgery, Dr. Glasberg will remove the excess skin from your upper eyelids and hide the incision in the natural folds of your eyelid. He will tighten your eyelid’s muscles and tissues and reduce the drooping and sagging of your eyelids. When the excess fat and skin from your eyelid has been removed your peripheral vision will be improved. While a blepharoplasty typically focuses on the upper eyelid, it can also be performed to correct the bags you may have under your eyes. This procedure is known as a transconjunctival blepharoplasty. During this procedure, Dr. Glasberg will make an incision on the inside of your lower eyelid, so you will not have any visible scars, and remove the fat giving you a more refreshed look. 

Is there a specific age when you should consider having a blepharoplasty?

You may wonder if there is a specific age when you should have a blepharoplasty. In some cases, it may depend on your genetics. If you look around at your family members you may notice that they have the same sagging or puffy eyelids as you do. On the other hand, if improving your vision is the main reason for your blepharoplasty, age should not be a consideration. You may begin to see the changes in your eyes as early as your 30s while others may see the changes beginning in their 40s, 50s, or 60s. Sometimes you can see the changes in the photos that have been taken of you or even if you are applying makeup. 

A blepharoplasty procedure can be performed at any time in your life but patients who have undergone a blepharoplasty typically have age-related concerns which include drooping eyelids or bags under their eyes. If you have naturally heavy eyelids or excess eyelid skin, a blepharoplasty may be successfully performed regardless of age. 

Are you a good candidate for a blepharoplasty?

For you to be an ideal candidate for blepharoplasty you should be:

  • In good health
  • 18 years or older
  • A non-smoker
  • Realistic about the end results of the procedure

If you are concerned about the appearance of your eyes – whether it’s your upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both you probably are at the right age to have a blepharoplasty. Dr. Glasberg will discuss the goals you want to achieve with the procedure and answer any questions you may have.  After consultation with you, Dr. Glasberg will be able to determine if a blepharoplasty is the right procedure for you. Contact our office at (212) 717-8550 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Scot Glasberg to discuss the options available for you. 

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