Your eyes are a focal point of your facial features and are often one of the first things people notice about you. Unfortunately, as we age, our eyelid skin can loosen and sag and our fat pads deep within the eyelid bulge forward and become more prominent. The droopy and/or puffy appearance can make you appear more tired or older than you are.
An eyelid lift, also called an eye lift or blepharoplasty, remodels eyelids and the general eye area and can give a more youthful, refreshed appearance by removing the excess loose skin and wrinkles, and sculpting the deep bulging tissues. The procedure usually takes between one and two hours to complete and may be performed with local or general anesthesia.
The ideal candidate for this procedure is healthy and does not have life-threatening illnesses or medical conditions that would hinder the healing process; is a non-smoker; has a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for eyelid surgery; and doesn’t have any serious eye conditions.
upper eyelid surgery
Upper eyelid surgery removes loose or sagging skin and excess fatty deposits that create redundant folds or disturb the natural contour of the eyes.
For upper eyelid blepharoplasty, incisions are made in the crease of the upper eyelid. The resulting scars are usually very faint when fully healed and blend in with the natural folds of the eyelid.
lower eyelid surgery
A lower eyelid blepharoplasty removes excess skin and fine wrinkles, tightening the skin and muscle, and removing the excess fat that causes droopiness or "bags" under the eyes.
For lower eyelid surgery, the incisions are made below the lower eyelid lashes or through the inside of the lower eyelid. These follow the natural contour lines and creases of the eyelid. As with upper eyelid surgery, the resulting scars are very faint and blend in with surrounding skin.
After blepharoplasty, patients can expect full recovery in 2-3 weeks. Most patients can return to light work in two or three days if appearance is not a major concern. Patients will experience bruising and swelling for several days following the procedure (black eyes are typical). Stitches are removed after three to five days.
Your doctor will discuss a specific recovery schedule prior to the procedure. We strongly encourage patients to avoid strenuous activities such as exercise programs or other vigorous fitness regimes for at least four to six weeks after surgery.