Eyelid Lift Procedure Overview
Have you recently noticed pronounced dark circles or extra baggy skin around your eyes? These unwanted side effects are the natural results of aging. Eyes are often one of the first facial features to age as the skin loses elasticity and supporting muscles weaken. This may lead to unwanted facial puffiness, wrinkling, and creases. Blepharoplasty involves the removal of excess skin, muscle, and fat from around the eyes to help improve the appearance of the eyelids and some in cases, peripheral vision.
What to Expect
An eyelid lift is usually performed on the upper eyelids to remove excess skin and the lower eyelids to address under-eye bags. This surgical procedure is usually carried out in an outpatient facility and may include numbing and intravenous medications. During the procedure, your surgeon will first cut along the fold of the upper eyelid to remove skin, muscle, and fat that may be impairing vision. Next, a small incision will be made inside the lower lid along the eyelashes to remove or redistribute additional skin and fat.
Recovering From Surgery
Most people can return to normal activities around seven to 10 days following blepharoplasty. Some of the temporary symptoms you may experience after surgery include:
- Blurred and/or double vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Watery eyes
- Swelling and bruising around the eyes
- Pain or discomfort
During recovery, it’s recommended that you ice your eyes every hour for 10 minutes the night after surgery and about four to five times in the following days. You should avoid rubbing your eyes and gently clean them using prescribed eye drops or medications. Protecting your eyes with sunglasses if you go outside can help prevent irritation from the sun and wind.
Are You a Good Candidate for This Procedure?
If drooping eyelids are impairing your vision or you’ve noticed visible signs of aging around your eyes, you may be a good candidate for an eyelid lift. The best candidates for an eye lift are non-smokers in good health with a realistic idea of what to expect before and after blepharoplasty. Most individuals that consider this form of plastic surgery are above the age of 35 and have no other serious eye conditions that could deter the healing process.
An eyelid lift can also be combined with other facial procedures to meet specific aesthetic goals. With decades of experience as a board-certified plastic surgeon, Elizabeth A. Kinsley, MD can help you thoroughly understand what to expect from this surgical procedure. Schedule a consultation at Dr. Kinsley’s Mandeville office by calling (985) 893-3737 today.