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11 Oct 2018

How Old Is Too Old For Eyelid Surgery?

How Old Is Too Old For Eyelid Surgery?

Freedom Eye Laser has recently experienced an increase in interest regarding blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery. Among some questions came an inquiry from a 70-year-old woman who wanted to know “Am I too old for eyelid surgery?”

It’s an excellent question and one that we hope to answer in today’s blog.  Although technically feasible and appropriate in some circumstances, cosmetic procedures do not have a great demand in the over-65 crowd. Their reason tends to be, “I don’t need to impress anyone.”  While that may be true, correcting drooping eyelids that obstruct vision is not considered a cosmetic procedure. Droopy eyelids, like cataracts, are a fact of life that cannot be prevented. They are both parts of the aging process. “I’m happy to say that there is a growing trend among seniors to seek fixes for medical and cosmetic issues they might have quietly endured in the past,” says Dr James Genge, Freedom Eye Laser’s Medical Director. The beauty of eyelid surgery at Freedom Eye Laser in Sydney is that it helps clear vision and improves appearance too.

Age is not the main consideration for blepharoplasty

There are a few reasons that an older adult may not be a good candidate for eyelid surgery. The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic, therefore patients who may be poor candidates for general anaesthesia are still fine to undergo blepharoplasty. If you are taking anticoagulants such as warfarin or aspirin, be sure you discuss this openly with your surgeon as you may require an additional treatment plan.

Surgical expertise required for blepharoplasty over 70

Eyelid surgery requires both surgical and aesthetic expertise. Sagging eyelids can impede vision as well as detract from the overall attractiveness of your eyes, giving you a tired, old-before-your-time appearance.

The patient may experience headaches from having to elevate their brow to clear their line of sight constantly. The drooping upper lid is often visible in the vision.

An upper lid reduction resolves these issues. The lids feel lighter and the vision opens up again. The appearance is refreshed, however, appears natural. Dr Genge aims for a subtle, appropriate lid reduction, rejuvenated but never ‘surprised’ in appearance.

If you’d like to know more about how Dr Genge and the team at Freedom Eye Laser can help you be free from droopy lids at any age with blepharoplasty, contact us today for a consultation on 02 9981 1771.

More on this topic: A Lift for the Eyes Means a Lift for the Spirit at Freedom Eye Laser.