The Eyes Have It — Aging

eyesThe skin around the eyes has to allow for a lot of expressiveness. That’s partially why the skin in this area is some of the thinnest skin on the entire body. This is why the eyes are said to be the “windows to the soul,” and they are usually the first thing a person looks at when meeting someone new.

Unfortunately, the thinness of the skin on the eyelids and around the eyes has a downside: it makes it one of the first areas on the body to show true signs of aging. The thin skin is perfect for the sun and other factors to inflict their damage, breaking down collagen and creating wrinkles. Plus, fat deposits, loosening skin, and other issues can leave a person with droopy, sagging, puffy, wrinkled skin around the eyes, and with it, a much older appearance.

But blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery, with the team at Aesthetic Plastic Surgery of Delaware can take years, if not decades, off the appearance of your eyes. Eyelid surgery removes excess skin and fat, and tightens the underlying muscles as needed to return a younger, more rested look to the eyes.

Plus, eyelid surgery is subtle. Usually people won’t have any idea you’ve “had something done.” They’ll only know that you look younger somehow. It’s far different than more dramatic cosmetic surgeries such as augmentation or a facelift.

Is eyelid surgery right for me?

Eyelid surgery is one procedure that is popular with both women and men in Delaware. Why is this? Drooping eyelids, wrinkles, and puffy bags under your eyes show no favoritism by sex — they make everyone look much older. Blepharoplasty is growing in popularity with men every year, as they seek to keep up with younger counterparts in the office.

Eyelid surgery

Eyelid surgery can be performed on both eyelids or singly, depending on your personal condition. This makes for a wide span of surgery times — surgery can run anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours.

Blepharoplasty is a delicate surgery that involves small incisions. In upper eyelid surgery a small incision is made in the natural crease of the eyelid. This conceals any scarring. The muscle tissue is tightened, the fat repositioned, and excess skin is trimmed. We pay special attention to the fat because removing too much fat can leave a hollowed out appearance.

In the lower eyelid, the incision is usually made just below the lower eyelash. An alternative location can be making the incision inside the lower lid, removing any visible scarring. Excess skin is removed to lessen wrinkles, bags, and general puffiness in this area.


While eyelid surgery is delicate, recovery from it is not difficult. After the procedure, your eyelids will likely be covered with light gauze. You will be given an eye lubricant and a cold compress. Bruising and swelling is minor, particularly if you are diligent with the compress. After a week, your stitches are removed and your eyelids generally will look normal, only younger!

At Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, we’ve found that our patients feel eyelid surgery is one of the most satisfying procedures, in part due to its subtlety. Interested in taking a decade off of your face? Call us at 302-656-0214 and schedule a consultation for eyelid surgery.


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