When Is the Best Time for Eyelid Surgery?

Posted on June 4, 2017 by: Dr. Ronald DeMars

When is the best time for eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery is a facial rejuvenation procedure that enhances the appearance of the eyes for a youthful and more energetic appearance. People considering the procedure often want to know when the best time (or age) for eyelid surgery is. In this blog post, trusted Portland plastic surgeon Dr. Ronald DeMars discusses how important — if at all — age is when considering eyelid surgery.

How Important Is Age?

According to the latest statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the majority of eyelid surgery patients are age 55 or older. This age group represents 48 percent of all eyelid surgery patients, while individuals between the ages of 40 and 54 make up 43 percent of all patients. Although these statistics are representative of when the majority of patients choose to have eyelid surgery, they do not necessarily show what age is the right age for eyelid surgery.

The truth is, it is difficult to pinpoint an ideal age for eyelid surgery because everyone ages at a different rate. There are a multitude of factors that will determine how fast or slow someone will age, including their genes and lifestyle habits like skin care and sun protection. Ultimately, the severity of your aging is more important than your actual age when determining candidacy for eyelid surgery. Simply put, if you are bothered by loose, sagging skin on the upper eyelids or wrinkles and under-eye bags, then it is time to consider eyelid surgery.

Consider the Recovery Period

Dr. DeMars recommends patients schedule their eyelid surgery (or any surgical procedure) during a period in which they will be able to take plenty of time off to recover. The initial recovery period can take one to two weeks, during which you will need to rest as much as possible, avoid strenuous activities and take time off from work. Resuming regular activities too soon can put strain on the treatment area and adversely affect your results. Though everyone’s schedule is different, many patients find that the winter season is a great time to have plastic surgery. During the winter season, it is easier to stay inside and avoid outdoor physical activities that may strain or hurt the body when recovering. Ultimately, the decision as to when to have eyelid surgery is yours. But make sure to wait until you feel confident in your treatment plan and have located a plastic surgeon you feel comfortable working with.

To learn more about eyelid surgery, including whether you are an appropriate candidate, schedule a consultation with Dr. DeMars. Please call (503) 253-3458 today.