If you want a more rejuvenated appearance in 2018 then an upper eyelid lift can transform the face, making you look younger and more dynamic. Eyelid lifts are becoming a very popular cosmetic procedure, but they’re not just for rejuvenation purposes. When the upper eyelid droops over the eye, it’s a condition called ptosis (pronounced “toe-sis”). Sometimes, you can be born with it. And sometimes it can develop as a side effect after certain surgeries – or, in very rare cases, diseases or tumours.
However, the most common cause of droopy eyelids is age-related stretching and weakening of the levator muscle tendon – the part of the facial structure which lifts the eyelid whenever we open our eyes or blink. And seeing as we perform the latter movement up to 20 times a minute, it’s not surprising that wear and tear can kick in.
The solution to droopy upper eyelids
The procedure which is used to correct this condition is an ‘upper blepharoplasty’, and it’s designed to correct the drooping effect of an eyelid, remove any eyelid overhang and restore the prominence of the eyes, while also softening frown lines and getting rid of crow’s feet.
The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia – with or without sedation. A hidden incision is made inside the natural crease of the eye, which extends slightly beyond the outside corner, and any excess skin and fatty tissue is removed. Sometimes, where necessary, the fat can be repositioned to order to smooth out the appearance and restore vitality.
While the cosmetic benefits are obvious, so are the potential dangers of untreated ptosis. If you’re finding yourself beginning to have tip your head back or raise your eyebrows to try to see better, you could be storing up a wealth of head and neck problems in the future.
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