Most people who undergo eyelid surgery want to look younger – a strictly cosmetic surgery. As the eyelid skin loses its youthful firmness, it begins to droop and sag, a dead giveaway that you are older. Unfortunately, the eyelid skin is so delicate and fine that it is often one of the first places to be affected by aging. It may surprise you to discover that eyelid surgery can also be beneficial to your health!
What are the health benefits of eyelid surgery?
One of the main issues that can affect people with aging eyelid skin is problems with peripheral vision. Driving can become more dangerous, and with side vision limited, could lead to making a serious driving error – an obvious health risk. Improving your vision can greatly enhance your quality of life. You may be shocked at the difference after surgery – you will have much more of the environment within your field of vision.
Along with the impact caused upon peripheral vision, heavy, hanging eyelids require energy to keep open. Many people feel that when they drive, their eyes become tired, and it is more and more difficult to keep them open. This can lead to eyestrain, headaches, and other symptoms. When surgery is required to address vision problems, it may be covered by health insurance. This treatment is often called a “functional eyelift,” and it may be time for you to undergo this procedure.
Functional eyelid surgery has a cosmetic aspect…
At The Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery Center, we perform both cosmetic and functional eyelid surgeries, also known as blepharoplasty. When we are asked to help a patient restore their visual fields, we take both a functional and cosmetic approach to the surgery. You can expect to have a wider field of vision, experience less eyestrain – and look younger as a bonus. Just because it is performed to resolve eyesight problems doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be performed with the same delicacy and care as we would employ for patients who just want to look younger!
Symptoms to watch for
When the eyelid skin has stretched to a degree that it is impacting your vision, you may experience several symptoms, including:
- Difficulty with peripheral vision
- Impaired eye function
- “Heavy” eyelids, difficult to keep elevated
Are you tired of looking tired? We can help.
One of the problems with saggy, droopy eyelids is that you will look tired and weary, no matter how well-rested you are. You may appear angry, less approachable, and far older than you feel. No special creams or serums will resolve this loose skin – only a customized eyelid surgery will work.
In some cases, a brow lift can be effective, as it raises the brow, pulling the eyelid structure upward, but it cannot remove excess hanging skin. If you struggle with vision problems due to hanging eyelid skin, undergoing this surgery can be life-changing. Not only will you look younger, more approachable, and well-rested, but improving your vision by removing excess skin could resolve some visual symptoms you are experiencing.