Aging of Upper Eyelids
HOW DO THE UPPER EYELIDS AGE?
Aging of upper eyelids is fascinating. It is an entirely unpredictable affair as can be seen from the following:
Some things age but the upper eyelids hardly at all!
More generalized aging in all races
ANALYSIS OF UPPER EYELIDS
Aging of upper eyelids occurs with surrounding changes
- Medial ptosis of the upper eyelid is common
- Central fat pad prolapse
- Dermatochalasis with temporal hooding
- Medial fat pad prominence
- Lacrimal gland prolapse will produce a bulge
- Lash ptosis
- Brow descent and brow fat pad loss with secondary dermatochalasis (not true dermatochalasis)
- Lateral collapse of brow with crow’s feet and temporal hooding and terminal lash ptosis
- Vertical rhytids between the brow and upper eyelid which are common with aging (and have not been given a name but deserve one as we are always ensuring we treat them in conjunction with upper blepharoplasty
- Loss of skin crease: skin crease may be high, low or missing
- A deep sulcus may occur because of aging-related rotation of fat within the orbit
- Kissing puncta as described by Dr. Patel and his team, may be present because of medial ptosis. A much under-recognized entity
“Well, the last time I had a picture taken I could hardly see my eyes because of the weight of heavy eyelid. Then I paid attention to how I was actually using my eyes and I really noticed when I was looking at anything especially the computer I was straining my forehead to see better. Since I have had it done I no longer have to lift the forehead and tilt my head to see. It is amazing! I love…” D. Rock 63 Yrs Old with Fat Droopy Eyes – Salt Lake City, UT
HOW DO UPPER EYELIDS AGE?
Aging of Upper eyelids: understanding this allows us to design appropriate functional and cosmetic correction of the upper eyelids.
Upper eyelids are complex structures, the aging of which is related to changes of the skin as well as deeper structures. Furthermore, they are secondarily affected by the position and aging of the forehead and the brows. If that is not enough, not only the height, but also the curve, the eyelash position, the skin crease, the tarsal platform and the sub-brow fullness are all important and change with age. To that end, it is vital, if one is to avoid unintended consequences, to analyze carefully and plan accurately.
With upper and lower eyelids, there is no substitute for a punctilious approach to detail and planning. Experience with different ages, sexes and races is vital to ensure one does not change the appearance untowardly. A substantial portion of our practice is seeing patients for second, third and fourth opinions after surgery performed elsewhere: it is always more difficult to put things right than to get them right the first time.
BEFORE & AFTER
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617 E Riverside Dr Suite 101
Saint George, UT 84790, USA