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The 5 Signs of Aging in the Eyelids and When an Eyelid Lift Is Appropriate












The skin around the eye is one of the first areas to reveal early signs of aging and sun damage due to the skin being so thin and delicate. Have you noticed that lines form around your eyes whenever you smile, laugh, cry, or squint, but usually smooth out once your face goes still? As you age and your skin becomes thinner and looser, those expression lines and wrinkles no longer smooth out the way they once did.

A skilled Facial Plastic Surgeon like Dr. J. Randall Jordan and the team at Faces can treat aging around the eyes with the surgical approach called a blepharoplasty or eyelid lift. Here are some telltale signs you could benefit from eyelid surgery.

5 Signs of Eyelid Aging

If you’re experiencing signs of aging around your eyes, a procedure like an eyelid lift may help restore a more youthful appearance. Take a moment to look in the mirror and see if you notice any of these five signs of eyelid aging.

1. Expression Lines Around the Eyes

Every time you make habitual facial expressions, the muscles around the eyes contract, pushing and pulling on the skin. Over time, these wrinkles become permanently etched into your face. Crow’s feet, lines between the brows, and forehead creases are examples of these expression lines. These types of lines are best treated with neuromodulators such as BOTOX®, Dysport® or with skin resurfacing procedures such as deep chemical peels or CO2 laser resurfacing.

2. Heavy Upper Eyelids

Extra skin on the upper eyelids is another hallmark of aging. As you age, your body’s natural collagen and elastin production begins to decrease, and as a result, the skin loses its elasticity and firmness. An upper eyelid blepharoplasty will remove this excess skin, resulting in a lifted, refreshed  appearance of the eyes.

3. Undereye Bags

Prominent bags under the eyes result from loose skin and excess fat deposits. A lower eyelid blepharoplasty is one of the best ways to make you look younger. During this procedure, Dr. Jordan removes excess fat and tightens the skin beneath the eyes.

4. Crepey Skin

Thinning skin on the eyelids and under the eyes can create fine lines and wrinkles. Also, drooping upper eyelid skin can even obscure your vision. An eyelid lift can remove extra skin and tighten the eyelids. Loose skin on the lower eyelid can also be tightened using non-surgical procedures such as chemical peels.

5. Tear Troughs

Tear troughs are deep creases that form under the eyes with age. A lower eyelid lift can remove the excess skin and fat and recreate a smooth under-eye appearance.

What to Expect From a Blepharoplasty

While you are under anesthesia, Dr. Jordan will make small incisions along the crease of the upper eyelids or below your lower eyelashes, then use these to remove excess skin and fat. Often for the lower eyelid, the incision can be made on the inside of the eyelid and avoid an outward scar. Dissolving sutures close these incisions to make for a smoother recovery.

Downtime after eyelid surgery is usually relatively minimal, compared with other cosmetic procedures. Some swelling and light bruising are typical, but you should notice an improved appearance within 10 to 14 days. After resting and giving your eyes time to heal, you can likely resume your daily activities after about 10 days.

Rejuvenate Your Eyelids Today at Faces in Jackson, MS

Our eyes can tell a lot about us – our age, how well we sleep, and how we see the world around us. Rejuvenate your eyes today with a blepharoplasty at Faces in Jackson, MS. For more information about the procedure or to find out if it’s right for you, call (601) 607-3033 or contact us through our website to schedule your consultation today.