Blepharoplasty Young Patients
Upper Eyelid Surgery for 18 year old
Age 18 is not too young for upper eyelid blepharoplasty so long as there is an appropriate anatomic condition to correct.
Most young patients may have a genetic propensity to excess upper lid skin. Usually a family member or two have a similar condition
The treatment is removal of the excess skin. Occasionally muscle and fat also need to be removed.
It is important to assess the positions of the brow to make sure they are not too low, which may make the lids look like they are low and heavy
The key is to make sure she has the right diagnosis.
It really depends what we are talking about. If she really has excess skin that can be improved by removing it, then so be it.
But she would need to be examined to determine the proper diagnosis and then the treatment plan would be based on the problem at hand
Age does not always play a role.
She may or may not be too young to make this decision. Certainly she should make this decision with the help and support of her parents. She may very well have a functional issue
If the droopiness of the upper eyelid is due to the eyelid margin (where the eyelashes are) resting low on the eye, this condition is referred to as upper eyelid ptosis. If your are referring to the upper eyelid fold, this needs to be more carefully assessedI would strongly recommend assessment by an oculoplastic surgeon. This is a board certified ophthalmologist who has completed a fellowship training in eye plastic surgery.
The American Society for Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery maintains a website that can help you locate a well qualified surgeon in your area (www.ASOPRS.org). As these are very specialized issues, it is best to see a fellowship trained eye plastic surgeon rather than a generalist like a board certified general plastic surgeon or a facial plastic surgeon
And yes, the results of surgery need to last a lifetime.
18 is too young for upper blepharoplasty
18 is too young for upper eyelid surgery unless it is for creating a double lid in an asian eye. Your baby sitter might be looking angry and tired because of wrinkles between eyebrows, crows feet or forehead
She might benefit from Botox. Have her consider other options before getting into upper eyelid surgery.
Upper eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty) is often OK for young adults
Upper eyelid cosmetic surgery (Blepharoplasty) is not a problem for an 18 year old. However, just like every other patient, it is important that problem be correctly identified and the proper procedure is performed. For most 18 year olds droopy eyelids can mean: That there is two much fullness off the upper eyelid That the muscle that lifts the eyelid is not working properly so the edge of the eyelid itself is too low In some patients both of these problems are present
As we age upper eyelids can become more hollow. When a young person has surgery that possibility should be taken into account.
Upper blepharoplasty for an 18 year old
More important than the age is the anatomical situation and the goals your sister wants to achieve with an upper eyelid lift. It sounds like that she would like a resculpting of the lids as there should be no age-related changes at 18
She should visit with an experienced facial aesthetic surgeon to discuss her concerns and to be thoroughly examined. Risks associated with blepharoplasty are multifold but not different than in oder people. In addition, upper blepharoplasty is commonly performed in young people of Asian heritage in order to improve lid definition
Diagnosis of the upper eyelids first: dermatochalasis, blepharochalasis, ptosis, etc.
At young, age is not a factor in producing the appearance you describe, so a proper diagnosis first is essential. Most upper eyelid rejuvenation is directed at correcting dermatochalasis, which is an age-related change
In younger patients, a diagnosis such as blepharochalasis–a recurring and relapsing inflammatory condition of the lids–is more likely. The other key issue is to determine whether she has true ptosis of the eyelids, which can be the result of a spectrum of anatomic and neuromuscular disorders
Eyelid ptosis is managed quite a bit differently than a simple blepharoplasty. Anyway, the point is that younger patients with eyelid concerns should make sure to have a complete ophthalmologic exam first.
Congenital Ptosis or Myasthenia Gravis?
Droopiness of the upper eyelids is rare in young age. Has the problem been apparent since she was an infant or toddler? Is she able to raise her upper eyelids or are they always droopy? Are there certain times of the day when the problem is worse? Please obtain an evaluation from a reputable Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Upper eyelid lift, or is it really ptosis repair?
In my opinion 18 is too young to do an eyelid lift. That being said, some people have a problem called ptosis, or drooping eyelid. This is a surgically correctable problem that involves the eyelid muscle and should be properly evaluated by a plastic surgeon with much experience in eyelid surgery or an oculoplastic surgeon
Before rushing into surgery why not suggest you go with your sister to see if this is her problem. If it is not and it is just a cosmetic problem I would certainly recommend she wait some years before going ahead with cosmetic eyelid surgery
Is 16 Too Young for Eyelid Surgery?
You seem to be developing ptosis of the upper eye lids. There may be medical reasons for this and you should be evaluated by an Ophthalmologist. Sometimes there is no groove, and lower transconjunctival blepharoplasty may be a better option. You may wish to consult a reputable facial plastic surgeon to see what might be best for you. (Robert D. Goldstein, MD, Bronx Plastic Surgeon)
Upper blepharoplasty for 29 YO?
Having excessive upper lid skin is often a familial trait and can be bothersome at a young age. Simple removal of upper lid skin (upper blepharoplasty) would probably work very well for you. Likewise excessive lower lid fat prolapse and/or thinning lid tissue (tear trough deformity) can show up at a young age.
Upper eyelid drooping
You may benefit from a range of procedures and you can start with non-surgical such as Botox and Ultherapy and then progress to possible endoscopic brow lift and upper blepharoplasty with removal of excess skin.
You would certainly need to have an in person evaluation and consultation with an experienced facial plastic, general plastic or occuloplastic surgeon to discuss your options. (Edwin Ishoo, MD, Cambridge Facial Plastic Surgeon)
while i cant give specific medical advice over the internet, i think if you were to show up in my office interested in a upper lid bleph, I would offer it to you. i have additional occuloplastic training and see many patients like you.
I think that filling the tear trough with a filler will only temporarily hide your bags and a better and more permanent fix will be using a lower lid blepharoplasty. I don’t think that you are at risk for scleral show post op or with aging. (John Dean, MD, Baton Rouge Plastic Surgeon)
It is not unusual to have “bags” at a young age. You appear to be a candidate for a trans conjunctival approach, removing the bags with out an external incision. Don’t worry about scleral show , however make sure the surgeon you see is qualified in this area, i.e. plastic surgeon or opthalmic plastic surgeon. (Barry M. Schwartz, MD, Weston Plastic Surgeon)
Consider non surgical options first
Frequently encountered issue. By the photos, it appears you have early prominent fat pads in your lower lids. Fillers beneath the bulging fat will help this in most cases, but removing the fat and/or placing in into the tear trough is a more permanent fix. You should not have rounding or show if the transconjunctival route is taken. (Jeffrey Joseph, MD, FACS, Lafayette Facial Plastic Surgeon)
Filling tear troughs
You do not need a blepharoplasty.You appear to be a candidate for Restylane to improve the tear troughs. See a board certified plastic surgeon in your area for a consultation. (Robert L. Kraft, MD, FACS, New York Plastic Surgeon)
If performed properly, you will not experience scleral show as you age. Make sure to see an eyelid specialist. (James R. Gordon, MD, FACS, FAAO, New York Oculoplastic Surgeon)
Dermal Fillers should help your lower lid and cheek contour
I assumed from your question that you were referring to your lower lid-cheek contour. I also assumed you were not referring to your upper lids. That being stated, yours is a situation where the eyelid to cheek contour gives the appearance that the lower lids are too full but in reality it appears that the cheek area and the tear trough are too hollow.
Expertly placed dermal fillers should be ideal for you. (J. Timothy Heffernan, MD, Seattle Oculoplastic Surgeon)
Blepharoplasty VS. Fillers to Tear Troughs
Personally, I would decline to perform a Blepharoplasty on you. You have pretty eyes, ethereal you may say, which would NOT be improved by the operation but COULD be made worse. I suspect that in frightening you with scar tissue etc, the surgeon was also trying to save you from making such a decision.
If operated on without correcting the laxity, the downward pull may become worse and lead to an exaggerated pulled lid (Look for Ectropion on Google pictures). I think you would do great with Restylane to the Tear Trough.
Why don’t you ask the Plastic surgeon who honestly ?shooed you away how he would feel about this option? (Peter A. Aldea, MD, Memphis Plastic Surgeon)
Fat injection is a wonderful way to address tear troughs and grooves in cheeks
You don’t need blepharoplasty. You need something to replace the volume loss. My suggestion would be to have the area injected with fat. In the right hands, this can have a beautiful result and brighten your whole face! My second choice would be to use fillers.
You have options Fillers are an option. Fat transfers may work. I don’t feel that youth causes excess scar tissue. I think he was just going over risks of complications. (Scott E. Kasden, MD, FACS, Dallas Plastic Surgeon)
Am I too young for upper and lower blepharoplasty?
You have all the eyelid changes that would lead one to wanting an upper and lower blepharoplasty. IF you choose an experienced and artistic surgeon, there is no reason to expect hollow eyes. (Ronald V. DeMars, MD, Portland Plastic Surgeon)
This could be beautifully handled with a tranconjunctival arcus marginalis release surgery.The truth is that you could also have very good help with under eye filler in the form of Restylane to fill the area at the top of the cheek and blend the cheek into the eyelid area.
This type of treatment will can last well over a year and does not require any surgery. The material is placed by injection and the treatment is very comfortable. Multiple in person consultations are very helpful. (Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD, Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon)
Am I too young for blepharoplasty
Some patients have an excess of fat surrounding the eyes from an early age, and that can respond very well to blepharoplasty to remove the fat. The fat removal should be done conservatively to avoid hollowing later in life, but is quite successful. (Thomas A. Mustoe, MD, FACS, Chicago Plastic Surgeon)
As one physician answered– it could be heredity. However the lower eyelid swelling could be related to allergies or your monthly cycle. Two options1: Use fat or soft tissue fillers to smooth out lower lids2: Have lower eyelid surgery through an inner eyelid approach so there is no external scar 3.
There are excellent plastic surgeons in Columbus and Cincinnati to help you. (Mark Mandell-Brown, MD, Cincinnati Facial Plastic Surgeon)
Congenital eyelid bags in the young.
Having done blepharoplasty for more than 35 years I see several patients like you per year. You have congenital bags not due to aging but your heredity. See a very experienced eyelid surgeon for trans conjunctival blepharoplasty of your lower eyelids.
The upper eyelid skin have conservative fat removal if an excess of fat is present. (Toby Mayer, MD, Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon)