We use our face to express how we are feeling. Likewise, humans are experts at reading faces. We don’t spend much time doing so. We don’t have to. Various parts of the face, including the eyes and the mouth, are very telling of a person’s mood and character. Our ability to form a first opinion based on facial expression is an inherent survival trait. However, the subconscious perceptions we have based on appearances can also be wrong.
The two most expressive areas of the face, the eyes and the mouth, change with age. The corners of the mouth may turn downward as the fatty tissue and skin in the mid-face declines. The eyes transform from bright and awake to tired and angry or sad-looking. To remedy this, many people turn to eyelid rejuvenation surgery called blepharoplasty. If you are starting to feel like you don’t look like yourself, this procedure may be exactly what you need.
Is There a Right Age for Blepharoplasty?
The question of age comes up often when a person is interested in a lift of some kind. Blepharoplasty is the eyelid lift that repositions and removes tissue and skin as needed to reset the upper eyelid crease or to resolve puffiness beneath the eyes. For this reason, many younger patients wonder if they are the “right age” to consider this surgery. Statistics show that blepharoplasty is popular across various age groups. Forty-somethings can achieve significant benefits from addressing the early signs of aging around the eyes. Among older patients, blepharoplasty is often sought in conjunction with other lifts, such as a brow lift or facelift. In any situation, we look at the cosmetic “age” of the face rather than a person’s biological age to determine if they are a good candidate for an eyelid lift.
What about Scars?
Scars are a natural byproduct of surgical incisions. Understandably, the idea of scars on the eyelids can be concerning. The thing about scarring is that visibility correlates to skin thickness. If a scar were to form on the back, it may be visible because the skin is thicker there. On the thin skin of the eyelids, scars are barely perceptible. For someone to see blepharoplasty scars, they would have to be looking at closed eyelids from a few inches away.