As we age, excess fat sometimes gathers around the eyes, leading to drooping upper lids and baggy lower lids. The brows can also droop, which adds to the worn, tired appearance. In some cases, the drooping can get to the point where it interferes with the line of sight, impairing part of your vision.
An eyelid lift, also referred to as blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to enhance the appearance of the eyes. The procedure may be performed on the upper or lower eyelids or both sets at the same time. An eyelid lift is used to restore a youthful look to the eye by opening up the eye and removing sagging skin on the lids that frequently belies your age and may even impair your line of vision.
The best candidates for an eyelid lift are men and women is reasonably good health with healthy facial tissue. They should also have realistic goals for their cosmetic procedure. Blepharoplasty is effective in treating the following concerns:
- Fatty deposits under the upper lid that cause puffiness
- Excess skin folds from the upper lid that may impair vision
- Droopy lower lids that reveal the white of the eye below the iris
- Bags and puffiness under the eye
- Fine lines that add to an aged look of the lower eye
In some cases, blepharoplasty may be combined with other cosmetic procedures, such as a brow lift, to provide even more dramatic results.
About the Procedure
An eyelid lift is commonly performed as an outpatient procedure using local anesthetic and sedation. Incisions are made in the natural folds of the eye or inside the eyelid to minimize scarring after the procedure. If both the upper and lower lid will be addressed, the upper lids are typically completed first.
The entire procedure takes anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours to complete, depending on the amount of work to be done. After the procedure, patients are kept in recovery for a period of time to ensure there are no complications from the anesthesia or the surgery. Most patients are allowed to return home the same day as the procedure, but will require another person to drive them home from the medical center.
Recovery and Results
Discomfort is usually minimal after an eyelid lift and is effectively managed with pain medication. Ice packs may also be recommended to keep bruising and swelling to a minimum after surgery. Patients will be instructed to cleanse the eyes daily and will likely be given an ointment to use to prevent excessive dryness.
Most patients return to work and regular activities within 7-10 days after an eyelid lift. The results of the procedure will be evident once swelling and bruising in the area subside. An eye lift is considered a permanent surgical procedure, although the effects of aging may eventually become apparent around the eyes once again.
Dr. Geoffrey Leber and his staff are here to help you achieve your aesthetic goals in a safe and caring environment. If you’re interested in scheduling a procedure, reach us by phone (480) 945-5522 or contact us online.