Ask the Plastic Surgeon: Can Eyelid Surgery Really Make You Look 20 Years Younger?

Dr. Anita Mandal, M.D.
Individual results vary. No promise or guarantee implied.
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Question: I am 58 and plan to have eyelid surgery for my puffy eyelids. I was wondering how long the results will last? Also, how many years younger can I expect to look?

Answer: The truth is that eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is relatively permanent. Once the protruding fat bags and excess skin are removed, they do not grow back. With that being said, surgery does not halt the aging process. Your eyelids begin to age right after surgery. Over time, new fat bags will develop and your skin will continue to sag.

At what stage eyelid surgery should be done again depends on the pace at which you age and when the aging begins to bother you. This process may take 5 years, 20 years or even longer. Each patient is unique and ages differently. What’s important to remember is that if an eyelid lift takes 10 years off your face, then 20 years after surgery, you can still expect to look 10 years younger than had you not undergone surgery. In other words, the youthful effect of surgery is maintained over the years.

While it is not uncommon for blepharoplasty to make you look 5 to 15 years younger, the exact numbers of years varies with the individual. A thorough consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon will enable an accurate assessment on the degree of youthfulness that can be achieved. It is crucial, of course, to have realistic expectations. Sometimes, additional procedures are recommended to give facial balance and enhance the results of blepharoplasty. These procedures may include Botox, chemical peels, laser, forehead lift, injectable fillers or a facelift.

Dr. Anita Mandal is a double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon. Her practice of 14 years is specialized to cosmetic procedures of the head, face and neck with both surgical as well as non-surgical treatments. Her expertise includes facial rejuvenation, hair restoration, rhinoplasty and corrective cosmetic surgery. She is on the medical staff at Jupiter Medical Center in Jupiter, Fla. Her Palm Beach Gardens office houses two state-of-the-art surgical suites to assure patient safety, comfort and privacy.

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