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Common Aging Changes of the Eyelids: What You Can Do

Common Aging Changes of the Eyelids: What You Can Do

As the years go by, natural eyelid changes can leave you looking tired and sleepy and may even interfere with your vision. Desert Eyesthetics is proud to offer a range of procedures to turn back the hands of time and restore your eyelids’ function and aesthetics. Dr. Garcia, our board-certified and highly skilled Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon, utilizes groundbreaking surgical techniques to deliver stunning transformations. You’ll love your new youthful and rejuvenated appearance.

Ectropion: Eyelids That Sag and Turn Outward

Ectropion is a condition that most commonly occurs due to aging as the eyelid tissues and tendons become stretched out. Other causes include facial paralysis, trauma, eyelid growths, and previous eyelid surgeries.

Ectropion is characterized by eyelids that sag and turn outward and usually affects only the lower lid. The out-turning causes a gap between the eyelid and the eyeball, leaving the inner lid surface exposed and prone to irritation. That often leads to excessive dryness, tearing, crusting, and sensitivity to light. With time, the eyelid may turn red and thicken.

How Is Ectropion Corrected?

After determining the cause and the condition of the eyelid tissues, we will perform ectropion surgery as an outpatient procedure under local anesthetic and light IV sedation, if needed. Following surgery, you may experience minimal discomfort and some swelling and bruising, which should resolve within two weeks, after which you can resume your normal activities.

Entropion: Eyelids That Turn Inward

Entropion most commonly occurs due to aging as the eyelid tissues and tendons become stretched out. Other causes of this condition include trauma or scarring.

Entropion generally affects the lower eyelids and is characterized by lids turning inward, resulting in the eyelashes scratching the eye surfaces and causing eye pain, irritation, excessive tearing, redness, and light sensitivity. If not untreated, entropion can lead to vision loss and may permanently damage the cornea.

How Is Entropion Corrected?

At Desert Eyesthetics, we offer surgery as a long-term solution to reattach the loose muscle and tighten the eyelid tendon. We typically perform the outpatient procedure under local anesthetic and offer light IV sedation, if needed. Following surgery, you may experience minimal discomfort and some swelling and bruising, which should resolve within two weeks.

Dermatochalasis: Droopy Eyelids

Dermatochalasis is a common condition for people over age 50 and usually results from reduced skin elasticity, weak connective tissue, smoking, congenital illnesses, or thyroid problems, and is sometimes hereditary.

Dermatochalasis is characterized by excess upper or lower eyelids skin or droopy eyelids, often resulting in a tired or sad appearance. The condition may affect one or both eyes and may result in impaired peripheral vision, an aching brow, or heaviness of the eyelid.

How Is Dermatochalasis Corrected?

An eyelid lift or blepharoplasty will improve your peripheral vision and restore your youthful eyelids. We typically perform the outpatient procedure under local anesthetic and offer light IV sedation, if needed. Following surgery, you may experience minimal discomfort and some swelling and bruising, which should resolve within two weeks.

Blepharoptosis (Ptosis): Droopy Upper Eyelid

Ptosis, short for blepharoptosis, is most commonly seen in elderly patients. It typically results from the deterioration or paralysis of the muscles that raise the upper eyelids. Causes of ptosis include nerve abnormalities, trauma, infections, and congenital disorders, and in some cases, the use of contact lenses for long periods.

Blepharoptosis is characterized by heavy eyelids that are hard to keep open.  This often leads to eye fatigue and headaches from chronically using the forehead muscles to lift the brows and eyelids.  Ptosis can affect one or both eyes.

How Is Blepharoptosis Corrected?

Blepharoptosis treatment will depend on the severity of the droop, whether one or both eyes are affected, and the strength of your lifting muscles. Our goal for surgery is to tighten the natural lifting muscles. However, if they are too weak, we may bypass them with artificial material. If the eyelid has excessive skin, a blepharoplasty may also be required. We typically perform blepharoptosis treatment under local anesthetic and offer light IV sedation, if needed. Following surgery, you may experience minimal discomfort and some swelling and bruising, which should resolve within two weeks.

Eyelid Treatment in Gilbert, AZ

Contact Desert Eyesthetics to learn more about restoring your youthful eyelid appearance and function. Dr. Garcia will work with you to create a fully customized treatment plan based on your unique needs and desired treatment outcomes. Are you ready for a dramatic eyelid transformation? Call us and schedule your appointment today!