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What happens to your eyelids as you age?

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As skin ages, it gradually loses its elasticity. A lack of elasticity plus the constant pull from gravity causes excessive skin to collect on the upper and lower eyelids.

Excess skin on the lower eyelid causes wrinkles and bulges. On the upper eyelids, an extra fold of skin can hang over the eyelashes and block your sight.

The fat that cushions the eyeball from the skull can also cause bulges in the upper and lower eyelids. The thin membrane that holds the fat in place weakens with age, letting the fat come forward into the lids like a hernia.

From: Eyelid Surgery WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology: "Blepharoplasty: Eyelid Surgery."

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "Eyelid Surgery: Blepharoplasty."

The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: "Surgery of the Eyelids."

 

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on May 15, 2019

SOURCES:

The Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology: "Blepharoplasty: Eyelid Surgery."

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "Eyelid Surgery: Blepharoplasty."

The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: "Surgery of the Eyelids."

 

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on May 15, 2019

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