Eyelid lift, also known as Blepharoplasty is a type of eyelid surgery that is done to correct drooping upper and lower eyelid skin that develops as we age. In more advanced cases, vision is affected due to drooping of the upper eyelid. In less serious cases, a cosmetic procedure restores a more youthful and rested appearance to the eyes and face.
How to determine if you are a good candidate for an eyelid lift?
This procedure is usually performed on patients, both men and women, between the ages of 40 and 60 years with healthy facial tissues and muscles.
Have you ever been told that you look tired or angry, when you were not? Have you noticed that when your face is relaxed, you feel like you have heavy brow or extra weight on the side of your eyelid? These are all indications that you may be a good candidate for an eyelid lift. Those who have any eye conditions, such as, glaucoma, dry eyes or a detached retina should consult an Ophthalmologist to make sure you are in good health for this procedure.
How are the Upper and Lower Eyelid procedures performed?
The upper eyelid procedure begins with measuring the amount of excess skin and marking of the incision in the natural crease of the lid. The incision removes the excess fat, muscle and loose skin which is then closed by fine sutures along the natural crease which allows the scars to be as invisible as possible.
The lower eyelid procedure begins with an incision behind the lower lid or along the lower lid crease under the lash line. The excess fat, muscle and skin is removed, correcting the puffiness caused by excess fat. The sutures used for the inner eye incisions are usually self-dissolving and leave no visible scar.
How long does this procedure take?
Under normal circumstances, this procedure takes between 1-2 hours and is generally performed in an outpatient surgery center. The eyelid lift procedure rarely requires a hospital stay.
What is the recovery process for eyelid lifts?
After the procedure is complete an ointment is applied as well as a cold compress. In some cases, gauze may be loosely applied, covering your eyes before you leave the facility. You can expect mild swelling, bruising, irritation and/or dry eyes. Your eyelids may also feel tight and soar as the numbing medicine wears off. This discomfort can be managed by a controlled medication as well as a cold compress and lubricating ointment. Over the next few days, keep the head elevated as much as possible while using cold packs over the eyes to reduce swelling and bruising. The incision line will begin as a pink line within the first 6 months and then eventually fade to a thin white line. The stitches will be able to be removed in a week while the downtime for an eyelid lift is roughly 2 weeks.
How long does the results last for eyelid lift surgery?
Because the natural aging process continues, the effects can last up to 10 years. However, with proper skin protection the results have been known to last up to 15 years.
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