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How to Tell If You Need Eyelid Surgery or Non-Surgical Rejuvenation

Posted on Monday, October 3rd, 2022 by Douglas M. Stevens, MD
how to tell if you need eyelid surgery

The eye area tends to show signs of aging before other parts of the face because eyelid skin is thinner and more delicate than other facial tissues. Sun exposure, smoking and other lifestyle habits can accelerate this process. Many men and women struggle with eyelid puffiness, dark circles and bags under their eyes, and loose, sagging eyelid skin can make you appear older and may impair your vision. Eyelid surgery is often a good route for patients with these concerns, but some non-surgical treatments may improve signs of aging around the eyes.

At the Stevens Facial Plastic & Laser Center, our board-certified facial plastic surgeon can determine the best way to restore a youthful appearance and address changes in the eyelids and eye area. Dr. Douglas Stevens has extensive experience improving face and neck concerns and will develop a surgical or non-surgical approach to meet your goals.

Benefits of Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery addresses many ways the eyes change with age. Fat deposits shrink and sink lower in the eyelids, causing upper eyelid puffiness and lower eyelid bagginess. Loose skin develops as the tissues thin, and the underlying muscles may weaken. Dr. Stevens corrects these issues with blepharoplasty. The procedure removes excess skin and repositions or eliminates fatty pockets for a well-rested and awake appearance.

The eyelid procedure can address lower eyelids, upper eyelids or both. Dr. Stevens offers several lower blepharoplasty techniques and tailors the surgery to each patient’s unique facial anatomy and aesthetic concerns.

Non-Surgical Rejuvenation for the Eyes

If you have little to no sagging eyelid skin but moderate to severe wrinkles around the eyes, non-surgical rejuvenation may be a better fit for your needs at this time. Some patients prefer to address mild to moderate cosmetic concerns with non-surgical treatments before they opt for an invasive face procedure. In some instances, injectables can smoothen the offending line(s), including crow’s feet on the outer corners of the eyes and deep furrows or “11s” between the brows. Tear troughs and dark circles under the eyes may benefit from dermal fillers, such as Restylane or Bellafill. Morpheus8 and radiofrequency microneedling treatment can improve under-eye bags and other facial concerns.

Dr. Stevens offers many non-surgical rejuvenation options for various areas of the face. His intricate knowledge and skill in treating these delicate facial tissues have helped many patients achieve youthful results. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Stevens to determine whether eyelid surgery or non-surgical rejuvenation is appropriate for your eye concerns.

If you struggle with signs of aging in the eyelids and around the eyes, contact Stevens Facial Plastic & Laser Center in Fort Myers, Florida. Schedule your appointment by calling (239) 481-9292 or filling out our online contact form.

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