What Age is Best for Blepharoplasty
Is Eyelid Rejuvenation Appropriate for Young Patients?
Eyelid rejuvenation surgery, known as blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure where the upper and lower eyelids are adjusted to create a more youthful appearance. Many patients wonder when is the right time to undergo blepharoplasty for long lasting results.
Subtle aging usually becomes noticeable in the mid-thirties. At this age, makeup and topical treatments are usually enough to hide the effects of age. Blepharoplasty becomes a popular solution by the time a patient reaches their late thirties or forties and no longer sees results from creams or lotions.
Younger patients usually come to Dr. Massaro due to a preexisting condition like ptosis. Correction of this can be done at any age, including for children.
The Age Difference of Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery
Lower eyelid surgery removes heavy bags from under the eyes and is popular among young professionals who want to look bright and alert. Sleep alone is not enough for some patients who have “permanent” bags due to genetic factors.
Upper eyelid surgery patients are usually older than 35 and have clear signs of aging around the eyes. This can include hooded or sagging eyelids.
Older patients will need to take recovery into account when considering blepharoplasty. The healing process slows as we grow older. A younger patient may be fully healed within a month while someone significantly older may need 6 or more weeks.
Are the Results of Blepharoplasty Permanent?
How long blepharoplasty lasts will depend on patient age and health. A very young patient who receives eyelid surgery to correct ptosis will likely not need additional procedures after healing. A patient in poor health may notice sagging again after 5 years. In many cases, this is not an issue with the eyelid but the overall face. A brow lift can reduce these new wrinkles.