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At What Age Should I Consider Eyelid Surgery?

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Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, removes fat deposits and tissue around the upper and/or lower eyelids. This procedure at Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates can make you appear younger and even improve vision in some cases.

There is no "best" age for eyelid surgery because many factors can impact your candidacy. Anyone considering blepharoplasty should meet with qualified professionals, like triple board-certified cosmetic surgeons Dr. Erik Nuveen and Dr. Courtney Caplin in Oklahoma City, OK. Call and see how we have helped people from all walks of life improve their appearance and confidence.

When is eyelid surgery appropriate?

The most common reason people seek blepharoplasty is to address unwanted signs of aging. By removing the excess skin and fat deposits, you will look more rested, which makes a difference in how you feel and how others perceive you.

Patients may also pursue eyelid surgery for functional reasons. When the skin around your eyelids droops low enough, it can actually impede your vision. This is especially common in older adults.

Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates performs upper eyelid surgery to reduce skin that overhangs the upper lid, and lower eyelid surgery for managing under-eye bags and wrinkles. We create a blepharoplasty plan that meets your specific needs and goals.

What age is best for upper or lower eyelid surgery?

There is no definitive answer because it depends on the individual patient's goals and expectations, as well as our assessment of your candidacy. That said, most people seeking blepharoplasty are 40 years of age or older. This is because many signs of aging tend to accelerate around this time.

There are always exceptions to the rule. We have seen younger and older patients seek blepharoplasty for both cosmetic and functional reasons. Whether you have excess skin or under-eye bags, it is up to you and your surgeon to decide if this advanced procedure is right for you.

What factors impact candidacy for eyelid surgery?

Our surgeons consider many factors when determining if patients are candidates for blepharoplasty. These include:

  • Your overall health: It is important to be in good health prior to any surgery. Dr. Nuveen and Dr. Caplin perform an evaluation prior to surgery.

  • Your skin type: Blepharoplasty works best on patients with some skin elasticity. This allows the skin to "bounce back" after surgery and results in a smoother, more natural-looking appearance.

  • Your goals and expectations: It is important to have realistic expectations for your results. Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates will discuss your desired outcomes and let you know what is achievable.

Can I combine surgical and nonsurgical procedures?

Yes, you can. In fact, many of our patients do just that. If you are considering upper or lower eyelid surgery, we may also recommend nonsurgical treatments, like BOTOX® or dermal fillers. These products combat wrinkles and fine lines while adding volume to hollow areas. Ask Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates about combining surgical and nonsurgical treatments during a consultation.

Schedule your eyelid surgery

Age is not the only factor that determines your candidacy for blepharoplasty. If you are considering this procedure for excess fat deposits and under-eye bags, we encourage you to call Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates in Oklahoma City, OK. Triple board-certified cosmetic surgeons Dr. Erik Nuveen and Dr. Courtney Caplin know how to achieve beautiful, natural-looking results that look and feel great.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.