Eyelids and eyebrows often sag due to aging; however, in younger patients, it can sometimes be necessary to perform an eyelid lift in order to remove fatty tissue. In many cases, this kind of surgery leaves no visible scar since the incision can be hidden inside of the lid. With older patients, though, it is usually necessary to remove excess skin and tighten muscles in the area because loss of skin and muscle tone will have caused increased sagging that mere removal of fatty cells cannot negate.
Whether the patient is older or younger, underlying pockets of fat will be removed through incisions in the eyelids that are performed in the natural folds and creases already present. The underlying skin and muscle tissues will be separated from fatty tissues, and any excess skin and/or fat that needs to be removed is excised. Dr. Yovino also takes this opportunity to tighten muscles so that no bags or hollowing occurs. The tiny incisions are then closed and over time, the scars heal until they are nearly imperceptible.
An eyelid lift is a safe procedure, and it is the only permanent way to improve the sagging appearance of lower or upper eyelids. Not only can eyelid rejuvenation improve a patient’s appearance, but lifting sagging skin can also help to improve vision that has become impeded. Best of all, the entire procedure is performed on an outpatient basis.