As we age, the skin and deeper tissues of the eyelids may become loose and stretched. Some of this is a result of our genetic blueprint. Often, though, the aging occurs due to a combination of internal and environmental changes. The changes may become so severe, particularly in the upper eyelids, that they begin to impair your field of vision. In such an instance, your insurance provider may even cover the cost of removal of this excess eyelid tissue. This procedure is called a functional blepharoplasty. Most often, however, the problem is a cosmetic one. In this case, correction of this problem is termed a cosmetic blepharoplasty. In addition to having loose eyelid skin, sometimes the muscle or fat in the deeper layers may cause fullness or “bags” under the eyes. The eyes appear puffy and are often accompanied by dark circles that are mostly shadows cast underneath the protruding tissues. No amount of eye cream will help eliminate this condition. In addition to an eyelid lift, resurfacing techniques can be utilized as another means of eyelid rejuvenation. See the resurfacing section for more information. To better understand what options may best treat your concerns, click here to contact us and schedule your consultation with Dr. Schmidt.