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Cindy Campbell asks:
I am 59. My eyelids are sagging as the rest of me. I heard having your eyes down can make you look much younger. Is this true and how much does it cost?

On: 08/01/2013 08:24 pm

To doctors from: Michigan

Category: Eyelid

Answers

DrMichelleCopeland on 08/15/2013 08:59 am wrote:
The eyes are the windows to the soul. All too often, however, they seem to reveal exhaustion. The very delicate skin around the eyes tends to get crepey and puffy due to fatigue and stress. Eyelid surgery has become one of my most popular procedures. If excess upper eyelid skin is hooding the eye and needs to be eliminated, an incision is made in the crease at the top of the lid and excess fat and skin are removed. The incisions are closed and sutured on the underside of the skin. If undereye puffiness and dark circles need to be eliminated, an incision is made along the lower lashes that will be almost invisable when it heals. Next, the fat below is either removed or redistributed and the saggy and crepey excess skin is then pulled up and cut off. The incisions is closed with tiny sutures, which are removed in four to six days.
An effective non-surgical option that might benefit you is Thermage, which can tighten the skin around the eyes. The new and improved Thermage is a virtually painless, non-invasive (no incision!) treatment that can tighten skin and stimulate your body to make healthier collagen—the building block that provides structure to your skin. Fast and easy, Thermage requires no downtime from normal activities.
DrEllenJanetzke on 08/02/2013 11:24 am wrote:
Not only can having your upper lids repaired help you to look more awake but in some instances, it can in fact help with vision issues. If there is a significant amount of sagging skin on the upper lid, you could qualify for the procedure to be done thru insurance as it would be considered medically needed. There is a test required for the upper lids to be covered by insurance.