For many adults, drooping and sagging eyelids can be part of the aging process. Droopy eyelids not only can make you look more tired and add years to your appearance, they can also impair your vision.
If you’d like to look younger and fresher or improve your sight, facial surgery like blepharoplasty and non-surgical injectable treatments like dermal fillers can help restore your appearance and vision. Keep reading to learn more from board-certified plastic surgeon Joseph Fodero, MD, PA, from Northeastern Plastic Surgery in Florham Park, New Jersey, about different droopy eyelid treatments and which one you should choose.
Also known as eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty improves the appearance of the area surrounding your eyes and can also correct any sight loss you’ve had from droopy eyelids. The procedure removes excess fat and skin from your eyelids, tightens skin surrounding the area, and moves excess eyelid fat to a newer, more suitable location.
Your blepharoplasty procedure is unique based on the problem areas you’ve identified with your eyelids. To give you the best results, Dr. Fodero uses his surgical skill to work delicately and carefully to improve your appearance and ability to see.
The blepharoplasty procedure varies based on the complexity of your individual surgery, but often, it can be a minimally invasive procedure that’s finished in one hour or less. It’s usually an outpatient procedure, meaning you won’t need to stay in a hospital overnight.
Just one week after the blepharoplasty, Dr. Fodero takes out your stitches, and most of your bruising will be gone, giving you an attractive new look and better vision very quickly.
Dr. Fodero and his team can also treat some issues related to droopy eyelids using nonsurgical fillers. Fillers are an injectable treatment that add volume to the identified area of your face, reducing the appearance of dynamic wrinkles and folds.
At Northeastern Plastic Surgery, Dr. Fodero uses Restylane® dermal fillers, which use hyaluronic acid to bring results. Fillers help improve the appearance of droopy eyelids by increasing volume in the lower eyelid and cheek area, reducing the appearance of bags and hollowness.
This treatment can also be combined with Botox® injectables to reduce the appearance of wrinkles surrounding the eyelids. Injectable treatments are quick, easy, painless, and completed in a quick visit to our office.
Fillers and other injectables are a temporary treatment that you need to get about every 4-18 months, depending on which filler or other injectable Dr. Fodero uses and your individual response to the treatment.
Your best solution for droopy eyelids depends on your identified problem areas and treatment goals. Usually, the results you get from blepharoplasty surgery are more dramatic as well as permanent, while fillers offer a more subtle solution with temporary results.
Fillers can work to resolve the appearance of droopy lower lids and some of the hollow areas and puffiness surrounding your eyes, especially if these issues are relatively minor. If you’d like to make any changes to your upper lids, including raising the eyelid to improve your vision, blepharoplasty is your best option.
If you’re concerned about the appearance of your droopy eyes or have found your vision is getting worse from them, Dr. Fodero recommends the best procedure based on a personalized consultation.
For help and solutions for drooping or sagging eyelids, make your appointment today at Northeastern Plastic Surgery.