What Is the Best Age To Have Eyelid Surgery?

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The best age for eyelid surgery could be any age if your eyelids are saggy, wrinkled, or puffy, making your face look tired. Genetics, age, or environmental factors can cause your eyelids to droop or become baggy-looking. But the good news is eyelid surgery can effectively remedy the excess fat and loose skin that cause these issues.

We understand the importance of looking alert and refreshed regardless of your age. In this blog post, we discuss how eyelid surgery can help at various stages of life.

In Your 20s

At this age, most people who want eyelid surgery have a hereditary trait for heavy, droopy upper eyelids or shadowy under-eye bags. Eyelid surgery in your 20s is all about making subtle tweaks to the eyelids, as most men and women only have minor sagging or puffiness. However, if genetics are unfortunately gifting you with extensively puffy eye bags, eyelids, or dark circles, eyelid surgery can help.

If you want to avoid surgery, though, dermal fillers may help to temporarily disguise dark circles and under-eye bagginess, and BOTOX® can provide a slight lift to hooded upper eyelids.

In Your 30s

In your 30s, you may notice increased sagging and puffiness in your upper and lower eyelids. If you feel uncomfortable with the appearance of your eyes, especially in a professional setting, eyelid surgery can give you a more lifted, alert look.

If you already have a genetic tendency for upper eyelid sagging, skin changes in your 30s can worsen the issue. As collagen and elastin dwindle, your already-hooded eyelids may become slack enough to impair your peripheral vision. Upper eyelid surgery can lift the eyelid to restore peripheral vision.

It’s important to note that you can choose to have lower eyelid surgery, upper eyelid surgery, or both, depending on your specific eye concerns.

In Your 40s

In your 40s, your fragile upper and lower eyelid skin may show more signs of aging. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the upper eyelids and forehead can begin to droop extensively in your 40s to mid-50s. While non-invasive treatments can improve your eyes to a certain extent, you may not get the results you want at this stage. Now is a good time to opt for eyelid surgery to minimize these signs of aging.

In Your 50s and Beyond

In your 50s, you may experience a dramatic loss of collagen, which can lead to loss of muscle tone and skin laxity. Your upper and lower eyelids may show pronounced sagging and extreme puffiness in the under-eye area. While upper and lower eyelid surgery can improve these issues, adopting a healthy lifestyle before having this procedure helps avoid any complications.

If you are in your 50s, 60s, or older, you might also consider pairing your eyelid surgery with a facelift to address multiple signs of aging, including sagging cheeks and jowls.

Recovery Process for Eyelid Surgery

After your eyelid surgery, you will not be able to drive for about 24 hours, so make sure to line up some help. You will experience swelling and bruising in the eye area for a few weeks after the procedure. After 1 or 2 days post-surgery, your surgeon might advise you to cleanse the area gently. They’ll provide additional aftercare instructions you should follow closely. Avoid applying makeup around your eyes for the first week, as it may irritate your incisions. Once your eyelid skin is healed, use a moisturizer and sunscreen to protect your skin.

Refrain from strenuous activities and workouts for at least one week. You can take slow walks a few days after your procedure to keep your blood circulating and to help with a faster recovery.

When Can I See the Results From My Eyelid Surgery?

You are eager to catch a glimpse of your newly rested and refreshed eyes, but you will need to be patient! For the first few weeks after the procedure, your eyelids will look bruised and swollen. Swelling and bruising will gradually improve, but it can take up to 3 months for swelling to subside completely and enjoy your full results.

You can likely return to work about a week after surgery. However, setting aside enough time for rest and recovery is a good way to get the best results possible from your eyelid surgery.

Eyelid Surgery Before and After
Eyelid Surgery Before and After

How Long Does Eyelid Surgery Last?

While eyelid surgery results can vary based on the individual, you can expect your upper eyelid surgery results to last at least 5 to 7 years. Typically, lower eyelid surgery results last longer than upper eyelid surgery as the upper eyelid skin is prone to more sagging. A balanced diet and workout routine can improve skin elasticity and help maintain your results.

You can opt for eyelid surgery at any age to refresh and rejuvenate your upper and lower eyelids. Our patients love their youthful appearance after eyelid surgery, as you can see in this before-and-after gallery. If you want to see if eyelid surgery is right for you, request a consultation at our South Barrington, IL. practice or call us at (847) 382-4400 to schedule an appointment.

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