What Age Is Best for an Eyelid Lift?

An eyelid lift is a relatively minor cosmetic surgery procedure that can leave your face looking years younger.

Also known as blepharoplasty, the surgery corrects drooping in the upper eyelids and provides a more open, refreshed facial appearance. For many patients, the procedure works to restore vision as well.

While sagging eyelids are often the result of aging, some people are born with upper-eyelid heaviness or develop drooping skin at an early age. If you’re in that category, you may wonder if you’re too young for blepharoplasty.

Eyelid Lift Surgery Can Be Performed at Any Age

Most people who get eyelid surgery are in their 30s or older. But no real age requirement exists for blepharoplasty — it can be safely performed on younger patients.

That said, cosmetic surgeons generally recommend waiting until at least age 18. However, when upper eyelid skin obstructs vision or the drooping results in emotional or psychological issues, the procedure may be performed earlier.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Eyelid Lift Surgery?

Unfortunately, not everyone is a candidate for upper eyelid surgery.

Certain ophthalmic conditions, including glaucoma and dry eyes, can be aggravated by blepharoplasty. An insufficiency in the orbital bone and adjacent supportive structures can also exclude a patient from getting this surgery.

Some medical conditions can elevate the risks involved with blepharoplasty. Patients with diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hyperthyroidism, for example, may require additional precautions to ensure a safe surgery and problem-free recovery.

Is an Eyelid Lift Right for You?

If you’re concerned about your upper eyelid skin, blepharoplasty could be exactly what you need to improve the appearance of your tired, droopy eyes.

However, in many cases, blepharoplasty alone isn’t enough to provide a fully rejuvenated, younger-looking face. Combining eyelid surgery with other treatments such as a brow lift, dermal fillers or chin implants can be a better approach for some patients.

Of course, no single cosmetic surgery procedure is right for everyone, and blepharoplasty results can vary among patients. To determine the best treatment approach for your sagging eyelids, consult with a professional aesthetic plastic surgeon.

Are you ready to find out if you can benefit from blepharoplasty? Dr. Mobley and the professional medical team at Mobley MD Utah Facial Plastic Surgery can evaluate your skin and facial structure and recommend an appropriate course of treatment. Contact our Salt Lake City office to schedule an eyelid lift consultation today.


NOTE: The information provided here is of a general nature and is not intended to substitute for personal advice from an experienced cosmetic surgeon. 

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