Answers to Your Eyelid Lift Questions
An eyelid lift from Elizabeth A. Kinsley, MD can help create a more youthful, rested appearance by removing excess skin and tissue from the upper and lower lids. However, this procedure is not purely cosmetic. An eyelid lift is also appropriate for clients who have sagging upper lids that affect their ability to see. These are the answers to the most common questions our clients have about this procedure.
What Is an Eyelid Lift?
Also called blepharoplasty, an eyelid lift addresses the natural loss of elasticity and muscle strength in this area. As we age, these factors cause the eyelids to sag, particularly with the weight of extra fat that tends to accumulate above and below the eyes. In addition to removing excess tissue and tightening muscle, this surgery can reduce the appearance of bags under the eyes.
What Are the Benefits of an Eyelid Lift?
Most people who have this surgery report satisfaction with the results. The eyes usually appear wider and more open. If your vision is affected by sagging eyelid tissue, you should experience an improvement in this area. Although some people require future follow-up surgery, many clients enjoy permanent results after an eyelid lift. You can also combine an eyelid lift with other facial procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, to meet your aesthetic goals.
Are You a Good Candidate for an Eyelid Lift?
An eyelid lift can help correct vision and aesthetic concerns caused by drooping upper and lower eyelid tissue. You may also be a candidate if you have puffy areas above or below the eyes, wrinkles in these areas, or the loss of the natural crease of the upper lid. Blepharoplasty is safe for most healthy individuals who do not smoke or have underlying medical conditions, and who have healthy expectations about the results of the procedure.
What Should I Expect During the Procedure?
Blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure; depending on the extent of your surgery, you will receive either general or local anesthesia. Next, incisions are made in the natural creases above and below the eye through which Dr. Kinsley removes excess fat, skin, and tissue. After the procedure, sutures are inserted and remain for up to six days.
What Is Eyelid Lift Recovery Like?
Oral pain medication addresses discomfort associated with the recovery. You may experience some light sensitivity, swelling, and bruising that can last up to two weeks. Refraining from using hair products and eye makeup will help until the stitches are removed. Contact lenses can be worn when they feel comfortable, usually within seven to 10 days after surgery.
A thorough medical consultation with Elizabeth A. Kinsley, MD can determine whether you could benefit from an eyelid lift. You can also review before-and-after blepharoplasty images to visualize the expected results. To get started, call our Mandeville office at (985) 893-3737 or make an appointment online.