An eyelid lift is used to correct the tired and worn down appearance that age can lend to the eye areas. The appearance of the eyes matters a great deal in terms of the way that others perceive you. With age, due to a loss in skin elasticity and muscle support, the lower eyelids can develop wrinkles and drooping areas, along with bags. The upper lids, too, can be afflicted with lines and sagging skin, along with puffiness.
To reduce excess skin and fat in the upper and lower lids, a form of eye surgery known as blepharoplasty is employed. Also known as an eyelid lift, this procedure can be used on either the upper or lower sets of eyelids, or both sets when necessary.
Often, the upper eyelid skin can droop down far enough that it impedes a person’s vision. In these cases, eyelid lift surgery can be considered functional as well as cosmetic; this classification can result in some degree of financial coverage by your health insurance provider.
Typically, the eyelid lift procedure requires around 30 minutes to two hours, possible more. This can depend on factors such as the number of eyelids being worked on and the degree of tissue alteration required. Your eyelid lift will require either local anesthesia or with IV sedation or general anesthesia, depending on Dr. Berhane recommendation.
For upper eyelid surgery, an incision will be created on the crease that separates the eyelid and the area below the eyebrow. Since this is on a natural line, it will be nicely camouflaged once it becomes a small scar.
For lower eyelid surgery, Dr Berhane will perform the procedure with two incision site possibilities: under the lower eyelashes, or within the lower eyelid (called the transconjunctival incision).
Once an incision has been made, Dr Berhane will be able to “lift” the area by removing and/or altering muscle tissue, fatty deposits, and drooping skin. Following this recontouring, very small stitches, surgical tape, or other wound care products will be used to close the incisions.
Since your eyelids will be recovering, you won’t be able to get home on your own following the eyelid lift. Instead, a friend or family member will bring you home. Be sure to arrange this in advance.
If you have medical sutures that need to be removed, this will occur in around three to four days from the date of the eyelid lift surgery. Scars will fade over the course of the year following the procedure. With proper care, they usually will not be noticeable and will blend with the skin.
The eye areas may experience some mild swelling and bruising after the eyelid lift. Cold compresses will aid in the reduction of these issues. Dry eyes are another possible issue, and this can be alleviated with the help of ointment used to lubricate the areas.
The recontoured tissues will be delicate while you are recovering, and sun- or wind-related injury could cause complications. Thus, sunglasses, proper sunscreen usage, and avoidance of heavy sun are recommended.
The eyelid lift procedure can also often be paired with other facial rejuvenation procedures, such as a brow lift, face lift to create an overall impression of youth and revitalization. Contact Dr. Berhane’s, office today to find out more. Contact us today for a consultation.