shutterstock_51810073(1)Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that reduces bagginess from lower eyelids and removes excess skin from the upper eyelids. The procedure involves the removal of excess skin, muscle, and underlying fatty tissue. Blepharoplasty can be both a functional and cosmetic procedure.

As skin ages, it gradually loses its elasticity. A lack of elasticity, combined with the constant pull from gravity causes excessive skin to collect in the upper and lower eyelids. Excess skin on the lower eyelid causes wrinkles and bulges and on the upper eyelids an extra fold of skin forms which can hang over the eyelashes.  In advanced cases, drooping of the upper eyelid skin may block the upper field of vision.  When vision is affected, eyelid surgery is performed to improve peripheral vision (functional blepharoplasty). In less serious cases, cosmetic blepharoplasty is performed to restore a more rested, youthful appearance to the eyes and face.

The best candidates for an eye lift are individuals with good physical and mental health who have realistic expectations. Most are 35 years or older, but if baggy eyelids or droopy eyelids are hereditary, you may decide to have the surgery at a younger age.