Nothing enhances your appearance more than a stunning pair of eyes. When your eyelids start to droop, it not only can hide one of your most attractive features, you might also experience practical issues with your vision.
Raymund J. Llaurado, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Arroyo Grande, California, believes eyelid surgery is often the best solution for correcting droopy eyelids. Learn more about how blepharoplasty can correct and rejuvenate your droopy eyelids.
What are drooping eyelids?
Drooping eyelids, also known as ptosis or blepharoptosis, occur when your upper eyelid falls to a lower place on your eye than usual. This most often happens slowly, over the course of years, as part of the aging process. You can also develop ptosis when you’re younger if you have certain conditions.
Usually, ptosis is something you can see yourself by comparing the current placement of your eyelids to older photographs of yourself. Dr. Llaurado can also diagnose you with this condition by measuring your eyelids.
Problems caused by drooping eyelids
Ptosis can cause problems related to your appearance, or in some more serious cases, impair your vision.
Increased appearance of aging around the eyes
Sagging eyelids can make you look older than you did before your eyelids started to droop. Drooping makes other signs of aging in the eyelids appear most obvious, including any fine lines, puffiness, or dark undereye circles in the eye area.
When your eyelids droop, they cover more of your eyes than before they drooped. This makes it harder for people to see your eyes, making them look smaller and detracting from your overall facial appearance.
Sometimes, your eyelids can droop far enough that your vision gets worse. You might find yourself regularly raising your eyebrows or tilting your chin upward to be able to see better. Raising your eyebrows constantly to see properly can make you look surprised all the time and cause headaches.
How eyelid surgery corrects your droopy eyelids
If your eyelids have drooped and are causing you cosmetic or vision problems, Dr. Llaurando often recommends a surgical procedure called upper lid blepharoplasty. This simple procedure corrects the drooping of your eyelid drooping by removing extra fat and skin in your eyelid, while raising it back to its previous location.
After surgery, your appearance looks less tired, and any issues with your vision get corrected. If you also would like to eliminate puffiness, eye bags, or dark circles, Dr. Llaurando can combine the procedure with a lower lid blepharoplasty.
Dr. Llauando performs blepharoplasty as a laser procedure, which allows him to make extremely precise incisions. Using the laser also makes your recovery time shorter than traditional surgery by lessening swelling and bruising.
If you’ve been experiencing distress about your appearance or problems seeing as a result of droopy upper eyelids, blepharoplasty is an easy procedure that can completely resolves the problem. To find out if eyelid surgery is right for you, schedule a consultation at Dr. Llaurando’s Arroyo Grade office for a personalized treatment plan online or at 805-270-2078.