As you age, your eyelids can begin to cause problems such as drooping over the eye. While this can lead to an older appearance, there are times when the condition can interfere with the vision as well. Reconstructive eyelid surgery is a method by which these problems can be fixed. If you are looking for a method to remove the effects of sagging eyelids, an understanding of what caused them to begin sagging in the first place may prove helpful.
As you age, your skin naturally becomes loose because there is not as much collagen present to keep it tight. It is a substance that is produced by the body in the lower layers of the skin in order to provide fullness. Sagging of the skin in places like around the eyes and cheeks are often the result of a drop in the collagen level. When it comes to sagging of the eyelids, however, this is not the only factor involved.
In addition to loose skin, the eyelids can begin to droop because the muscles that hold them open can weaken with age. Because these muscles hold the eyelids up, the pull of gravity can become a factor when the muscles weaken. Weak muscles make it more difficult to hold the eyelids up, and they fall down and cover more of the eye.
There is also a layer of fatty tissue in place to serve as a cushion between the eyeball and the skull. This tissue is held in place by a membrane. Through the years, that membrane will begin to deteriorate. When it does, the fatty substance will begin to move forward and can end up in the eyelids. This gives them an appearance of puffiness and also makes it harder for the muscles to do their job effectively.
Drooping can develop in both the upper and lower eyelids. When the upper eyelids droop, they will drop down over the upper portion of the eye. The lower ones will pull away from the eye and expose more of the white part in the lower half.
Many people undergo reconstructive eyelid surgery in order to reverse some of the signs of aging. There are times, however, when the eyelids can droop to the point of blocking the vision. As a result, tasks like driving can become dangerous. Eyelid surgery may be considered medically necessary in situations like this.
Reconstructive eyelid surgery can also be used to address pterygium and eye lesions. If you have eyelids that are causing you problems, you should schedule a time to visit the office of Syed Ahmad, MD to discuss the improvements you can get from reconstructive eyelid surgery. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Plano!