The eyelid lift, also called blepharoplasty, is used to improve sagging or wrinkling around the upper or lower eyelids. Eyelid lift surgeries involve the removal or repositioning of excess skin around the eyes to improve visible signs of aging. It is sometimes performed in conjunction with a brow lift or facelift. Signs of aging are most apparent in one’s facial features, and this procedure is for those seeking a more youthful and rested appearance.
There are a wide number of eyelid lift techniques used to obtain optimal results. The best approach will be determined for you by your facial bone structure, the condition of your skin, and the goals you and Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio discuss.
Am I a good candidate for an eyelid lift?
One or more of the following may indicate you are a good candidate for an eyelid lift;
- You are in good physical condition
- You are bothered by signs of aging in your eyes
- Your upper eyelids have excess skin causing sagging, puffiness or problems with your vision
- Your lower eyelids have sagging fat deposits causing bags to form under your eyes
- You have a tired, angry or sad expression regardless of how you feel
- You have excessive wrinkling around your upper or lower eyelids
- You have a good bone structure and retain some skin elasticity
Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio will conduct an examination and discuss with you your expected outcome and determine whether your desires can realistically be achieved. You must come prepared to discuss your full medical history, including any medical conditions, previous surgeries or treatments, drug allergies, current medications, and use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal substances.
Medical conditions: This procedure is not for those with eye disorders such as glaucoma, dry eye or detached retinas. It is also not recommended for those with other medical conditions such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, heart problems, or a weak immune system. These factors can complicate surgery and interfere with optimal recovery.
Expectations: It is important that you realize an eyelid lift will improve signs of aging, but does not stop aging. It is not a permanent procedure. It does not change underlying bone structure so it is not possible to look “like someone else.” This procedure must be for your happiness, and not to please others.
Surgery and Recovery
An eyelid lift is commonly an outpatient surgery, performed with general anesthesia or local anesthesia and sedation. After a few hours recovery you will be permitted to go home. Your incisions may have cold compresses or ointment on them and may be wrapped in gauze dressings. You will be given detailed information from Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio detailing normal symptoms, signs of complication and instructions for recovery.
You should be able to walk immediately following surgery and will be up and about within a day or two after surgery. Your incisions will be tender to the touch for the first few days, and you must avoid straining, bending, lifting and other strenuous activity for several days. Most stitches are removed within a week. Bruising will occur, but typically resolves itself within two weeks. Swelling is most prominent in the first two days post surgery and greatly improves within two weeks but it may take several weeks for all swelling to clear. Numbness may occur but resolves within several months. Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio will recommend follow up visits to evaluate your healing process. It is important to follow your doctor’s orders for the best outcome.