Age Isn’t the Only Reason for Eyelid Surgery

Young woman taking a selfie after eyelid surgery

Even though most of the eyelid surgery patients we see at our Toronto practice are concerned about signs of aging, many younger men and women benefit from upper and lower blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) for reasons unrelated to age-related wrinkles and sagging skin.

Focused on Our Eyes

The concerns that prompt younger people to seek eyelid surgery aren’t new, but interest in cosmetic surgery and aesthetic treatments for the face has increased because of what some people have called the “Zoom boom.” Many women and men now spend hours looking at themselves during virtual meetings and online socializing. Coupled with wearing masks, we’re focused more on the appearance of our eyes than ever before.

How Is Eyelid Surgery Performed?

Surgeons performing upper eyelid surgery make incisions in the lids’ natural creases and then remove excess fat and skin. Because of the incisions’ location, scars are virtually imperceptible.

Excess skin and fat are also removed during lower eyelid surgery, but the surgeon may also reposition the fat below the eye to create the desired results.

4 Reasons Younger People Get Eyelid Surgery

The main reasons not related to aging that someone may want eyelid surgery include:

Hooded upper eyelids that are an inherited trait: Genetics plays a role in your appearance, and one trait that can be inherited is hooded upper eyelids. Even though some people aren’t bothered by the appearance created by hooded eyelids, they can pose problems if they begin sagging with age. Upper eyelid surgery to give the eyelids a “lifted” appearance is a fairly straightforward procedure, and you can see the results in this Instagram post’s before-and-after photos featuring a woman in her 30s who wanted upper blepharoplasty at my Toronto practice.

Bags under the eyes: Younger patients who come in for consultations often ask for “eye bag removal surgery,” a familiar phrase if you research eyelid surgery online. Plastic surgery or nonsurgical solutions, including dermal fillers, are becoming increasingly popular among older teens and young adults who want to minimize the appearance of puffy bags under the eyes.

Lazy eye: This is a specific condition that can be corrected with surgery, but many young patients who don’t actually have “lazy eye” get eyelid surgery to correct asymmetrical sagging of an eyelid. This condition is called ptosis. Even though the surgery involves the eyelid, it actually requires more technical skill than blepharoplasty, and it’s important to find a plastic surgeon who specializes in eyelid surgeries.

Lack of a crease in the upper lid (Asian eyelid surgery): During my oculoplastic surgery training, I gained the in-depth knowledge of the entire ocular region that’s required to perform this procedure successfully. Sometimes called double eyelid surgery, the procedure creates a natural-appearing crease in the upper eyelid. Patients who get Asian eyelid surgery often want their eyes to appear larger and more open. The results also simplify applying eyeliner or mascara.

Younger adults are generally more comfortable researching their options online and discussing their choices with friends and family. These can be important resources for finding an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in eyelid surgery.

You can see the potential results of eyelid surgery by browsing our gallery of before-and-after photos. If you’re looking for an eyelid surgery specialist, contact us using the online form to request a consultation or call us directly at (416) 925-7337 to schedule an appointment.

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