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What is the right age for cosmetic eyelid surgery?

Published onMay 29, 2012

If you’re looking for a simple timeline of when to get eyelid surgery based on what year you were born, you won’t find that here. In fact, you won’t be able to find a reputable answer outside a doctor’s office, because your plan must be expertly developed on an individual basis. There are numerous reasons to seek cosmetic eyelid surgery, including even functional concerns, personal aesthetic preferences, and to reduce or even prevent the signs of aging. But we all age in different ways and at different times, and added to that there is vast natural variation between human eyes—meaning that a one-size-fits-all answer is never a good idea.

This is not to say that timing is not a factor in your treatment, and this is something you can discuss at a personal consultation with a respected oculoplastic surgeon. Time-related issues you may consider are where you are at in your career, if any important events such as weddings or family reunions are upcoming, or if you’ve simply feel it’s “time” to stop wondering and have your questions answered by a specialist. Eyelid surgery continues to be one of the most powerful and popular cosmetic surgeries performed. Individuals often consider eyelid surgery between jobs, prior to weddings, or other major life events.

At the time of your consultation, you surgeon should carefully assess your aesthetic concerns, medical history, and perform a complete examination. A thoughtful surgeon will assess both your aesthetic issues and any functional components that also need to be considered in planning eyelid surgery. The best blepharoplasty in the world wouldn’t benefit you if issues such as eyelid laxity or ptosis are not also addressed at the time of eyelid surgery. Your potential surgeon will discuss with you the details of surgery, potential complications, reasonable alternative to surgery, and even the likelihood that surgery will accomplish your goals.
There is not one “right age” for eyelid surgery. The right eyelid surgery for you will start with a personal consultation to develop an individual plan. Call Dr. Steinsapir today to schedule your personal assessment.

About Dr. Steinsapir
Dr. Steinsapir is a board certified eye surgeon and fellowship-trained in oculoplastic surgery and cosmetic surgery in Los Angeles where he specializes in balanced facial cosmetic surgery for natural results, with an emphasis on minimally invasive techniques, fast recovery time, and leadership in medical technology. Dr. Steinsapir has a private practice and also serves as an Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the Jules Stein Eye Institute, at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Contact us today to learn how Dr. Steinsapir’s experience and training make him an expert in cosmetic surgery, which can be a vital part of your evidence-based treatment plan.

Services described may be “off-label” and lack FDA approval. This article is informational and does not constitute an advertisement for off-label treatment. No services should be provided without a good faith examination by a licensed physician or surgeon and an informed consent with a discussion of risks, benefits, alternatives, and the likelihood of treatment success. Only you and your treating physician or surgeon can determine if a treatment is right for you.