If one of the first things you notice when you look in the mirror is your eyelids that are beginning to sag, you may have also given some thought to whether anything can be done about it. Many people choose to have their eyelids tightened through eyelid surgery. Others are apprehensive about facing surgery and the associated downtime, but would still like to restore some of their youthful appearance. These thoughts and feelings can also leave you wondering what causes the skin to sag in the first place.
As we begin to age, our bodies produce less collagen, which is that substance that helps to hold things together and give the skin its fullness and tightness. When there is less of it, the results show up in the form of sagging skin and wrinkles. The skin also loses some of its flexibility during this stage of life because the body produces less elastin also.
The surgical procedure during which excess skin is removed from the eyelids is called a blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery. While it can be done for cosmetic reasons, it can be done to help with peripheral vision also. As the eyelids begin to sag, they can do so to the point that they actually hang over the eye itself and block some of the individual’s vision. The procedure can also be done to help with droopy lower eyelids if the white part of the eye below the iris is showing as a result. It can also help to remove the appearance of bags under the eyes. It all depends on your unique situation.
The lower eyelid pinch technique can be done to remove excess skin from the lower eyelids. It is an improved method over the older technique known as a transcutaneous approach, during which the surgeon removes the lower fat bags. The old technique is an invasive procedure that carries with it a significant risk of complications, like the pulling down of the lower eyelid following the surgery. This is known as an eyelid retraction.
The pinch technique uses a method that is less invasive and consequently involves less downtime for the patient. To do this, the surgeon uses a tool to pinch the skin of the eyelid into a ridge just below the eyelashes. The excess skin is then removed and the remaining skin is put back together. Since the pinch method only removes excess skin, it is sometimes done in conjunction with other procedures to take care of additional cosmetic or functional issues.
If you have struggled with sagging eyelids and, until now, have been nervous about having something done about them, you might consider having a discussion with the team at Facial Aesthetic Concepts about the ways the pinch technique for eyelid surgery can benefit you. We can explain the details of how it is done and give you a better idea of what to expect. It could be the answer you have been awaiting, but thought would never be available to you. We have locations in San Clemente, Aliso Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita. Contact us today to schedule your consultation for eyelid surgery.