Eyelid Lift Patient
Learn more about eyelid lift surgery.
Sometimes, even after a great night’s sleep, it can be hard to feel alive and vibrant when you see those tired, drooping eyes looking back at you from the mirror. The loose skin over your eyes and the fat bags under your eyes make you look more tired and older than you feel inside.
If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. Each year thousands of women and men choose eyelid surgery to help restore a more energetic and youthful appearance. Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty can correct sagging eyelids, remove fatty pouches beneath the eyes and remove excess skin from the upper eyelids. Blepharoplasty can be done alone or in conjunction with other facial surgery procedures such as a facelift, a brow lift or laser skin resurfacing.
During your initial cosmetic consultation, your doctor will discuss your particular condition, your expectations, and the probable outcome of treatment. You will be shown several before and after treatment photographs of patients having similar conditions, and you will receive an explanation of your treatment. Before and after photos may be taken of the area to be treated to document your results.
Blepharoplasty can be performed under local anesthesia but can be performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon places fine incisions in the crease above each eye to correct problems of the upper eyelids. Then a thin crescent of excess skin is removed. The incisions are closed with very fine sutures. To remove the fatty deposits beneath the eyes, the incisions are placed just inside the lower eyelid. After the fat is removed, the incisions may be closed with absorbable sutures or may be left to heal naturally. When excess skin needs to be removed from the lower lids, the incisions are placed in the natural smile crease below the lashline. The procedure can take between one and two hours, depending on the extent of the surgery.
Recovery after eyelids surgery
When the procedure is performed alone, and not with a facelift, it is generally done under local anesthesia. After the surgery, the area around your eye will be bruised and swollen for about two weeks. Patients should keep their heads up and place cold compresses on their eyes periodically. Antibiotic eye drops or ointment may be prescribed. Patients can’t wear contact lenses for about ten days. The resulting hairline scars which follow the natural contour of the eyelids tend to fade in about two months.
After cosmetic surgery, our patients have a softer, more youthful look to their faces. Many seem to have a new spring in their step after facing their fresher reflections in the mirror.
If you are considering eyelid or other cosmetic surgery, please call our office to arrange a consultation. We would be happy to address all of your concerns.