It has been said that your eyes offer a “window to our soul”. If this is true then the upper eyelid is the most important window shade of your life!! Eyelid and periorbital aesthetics are critically important to the overall appearance of your face. As a central feature of the human face and as an instrument that we use to define ourselves to the world, our eye appearance is one of the defining pillars of how we view ourselves (self-image), and how we portray ourselves to the world (aesthetics).
The ideal upper eyelid should provide a bright, youthful, and energetic look. The eyelid and eye itself should have either an oval or almond shape. In women, there should be a robust row of eyelashes on the upper and lower eyelid, but the upper eyelid is more noticeable. There should be minimal excess skin in the upper eyelid, and surrounding the orbital area in general. Crow’s feet should be minimized. Lastly and most importantly, there should be a well defined cleft between the superior end of the upper eyelid and the inferior beginning of the lower brow. This upper eyelid cleft is crucial to your overall appearance, as it provides definition between the upper eyelid and the brow.
During your consultation, there are 4 critical structures in the upper eyelid that must be evaluated to improve your overall aesthetics.
- Upper eyelid skin.
- Upper eyelid fat pads
- The Obicularis muscle & upper orbital septum
- Presence or absence of ptosis (aka eyelid droop)