Upper and Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty
Do you have tired eyes or bags under the eyes? You may want to consider eyelid surgery, also referred to as an eye lift. This procedure, called blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that reduces bagginess from lower eyelids and removes excess skin from the upper eyelids.
The procedure involves the removal of excess skin, muscle, and underlying fatty tissue. While it is primarily a cosmetic procedure, an eye lift is also an effective method for improving sight in older patients whose sagging upper eyelids obstruct their vision.
An eye lift will not eliminate dark circles under the eyes, remove crow’s feet, or other facial wrinkles. It is often performed in conjunction with other procedures such as intense pulsed light (IPL) SkinTyte treatments, Botox injections, or dermal filler to further enhance the rejuvenating effect.
The Eyelid Aging Process
As skin ages, it gradually loses its elasticity. A lack of elasticity, combined with the constant pull from gravity causes excessive skin to collect in the upper and lower eyelids. Excess skin on the lower eyelid causes wrinkles and bulges and on the upper eyelids an extra fold of skin forms which can hang over the eyelashes and obstruct vision.
Bulges in the upper and lower eyelids can also be caused by the fat that cushions the eyeball from the skull. The thin membrane that holds the fat in place weakens with age, allowing the fat to protrude into the lids.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
The best candidates for an eye lift are individuals with good physical and mental health who have realistic expectations. Most are 35 years or older, but if baggy eyelids or droopy eyelids are hereditary, you may decide to have the surgery at a younger age.
Eyelid surgery can enhance your appearance and help build your confidence. However, it may not result in your ideal look or cause people to treat you any differently. An eye lift will not alter your facial structure. It is important to know your face well before you decide to have surgery. Think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon.
Will the Results of Eyelid Surgery Be Permanent?
An eye lift will not stop your eyes from aging. However, the procedure is usually very long lasting. Upper eyelid surgery can last anywhere from five to seven years to an entire lifetime, while lower eyelid surgery rarely needs to be done more than once.
If your lids are once again sagging, the proper procedure is oftentimes a forehead lift, not another eye lift.
How Should I Prepare for Eyelid Surgery?
You will need to have another person drive you home after your surgery. You should also have someone stay with you the night of the procedure.
Expect and plan to stay home from work and limit your activities for several days after surgery to give your eyelids a chance heal. Some patients experience dry eyes after surgery, but the condition rarely lasts more than two weeks. If you have dry eyes lasting more than two weeks, contact your doctor.
At home, you should have the following items readily accessible:
- Ice cubes/gel pack or you can use freezer bags filled with ice, frozen corn or peas.
- Eye drops or artificial tears (ask your doctor to recommend the proper type to meet your particular needs)
- Clean washcloths and towels
- Over-the-counter painkillers (which your doctor can recommend). Advil, Motrin, Naproxen, Aleve, and aspirin should be avoided due to the increased risk of bleeding.