Dark circles may be treated by lower eyelid surgery if it results from shadowing due to bulging fat or bags. If the dark circles result from pigmentation changes of eyelid skin, skin lightening creams or chemical peels may improve this condition. Lasers can also be used to resurface the area under the eyes for ideal results. Often these treatments are combined for the best results.
A natural part of the aging process is the development of wrinkles, often around the eyes. Skin around the eyes also becomes less elastic, resulting in droopy eyelids. Sometimes this happens at an early age and runs in families due to hereditary traits. Commonly patients may use the forehead muscles harder in an effort to lift the drooping eyelids. This may cause brow aches and fatigue. If you are having these symptoms, or simply do not like the way your eyelids appear, you may be a candidate for a blepharoplasty.
There is no correct age for obtaining eyelid surgery. Excessive skin in the upper lids, or bulging fat in the lower lids are commonly seen with signs of aging. General health status is used to determine if a patient is able to undergo procedures that require anesthesia. A medical clearance may be needed to make it as safe as possible to do cosmetic surgery.
Generally both eyes are treated at the same time, however, occasionally a patient may have drooping of just one side. We can do a full evaluation in the office to determine the best treatment for your care.