An eyelid lift, also known as blepharoplasty, can restore your natural, more youthful shape to your upper and lower eyelids.
By the time your reach your mid to late thirties, your eyes may begin to show signs of aging. The upper eyelids droop due to looseness or laxity of the skin, which may even effect your vision. The lower eyelid region may have a tired look or puffy appearance as well.
An eyelid lift, also known as blepharoplasty, can restore your natural, more youthful shape to your upper and lower eyelids, by removing excess skin and fat that causes hooding and results in a tired appearance. Eyelid surgery is an outpatient surgical procedure and is performed under general anesthesia for your comfort and safety. The surgery is usually completed with 1-2 hours and your incisions will be concealed within the natural fold or crease of your eyelids. It is important to discuss the goals of your surgery with your board certified plastic surgeon.
Your sutures will be removed within 5-7 days of your surgery and you may return to light activities in just a day or two and normal activities in 2-3 weeks. Immediately following your surgery, your will be asked to apply ointment, eye drops, and ice to your eye area. To help reduce swelling, you must keep your head elevated for several days following surgery, even while sleeping. There is very little pain associated with eyelid surgery, but you should expect to be bruised around the eyes for the first week. Your appearance of your eyes will gradually improve over the following 4-6 weeks.
Your results can be long term and will hopefully improve your appearance by 8-10 years.
For more information on eyelid surgery, please contact our office in Little Rock, Arkansas to schedule a cosmetic consultation. Dr. Bauer is a certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has many years of experience providing procedures for patients seeking a more youthful appearance.
Frequently Asked Questions About Eyelid Surgery
What is eyelid surgery?
An eyelid surgery is also known as blepharoplasty and it is a type of lifting procedure that tightens the skin around your upper and lower eyelids. It is designed to reduce the look of puffy under-eye bags, dark circles, and drooping lids.
The specifics of the procedure are different for everyone, depending on your individual needs. It may include the repositioning of fat or the flattening out of other areas. Overall, it is supposed to remove excess skin, fat, and loosened muscles.
Who is a good candidate for a blepharoplasty?
A good candidate for blepharoplasty is someone who wants to improve the signs of aging around the eyes and wants to treat things like dark, puffy bags under the eye, loose skin and fat, and drooping lids. Ideally, we want you to be healthy and able to avoid blood-thinning medication for at least two weeks prior to the surgery.
What happens during the blepharoplasty procedure?
Before your eyelid surgery, you will be put under some sort of sedation, like a general or local anesthesia. The surgeon will make an incision in the natural crease of the eyelid and remove the herniated fat and/or excess skin. He or she may also contour the skin and fat around your eye to make it more shaped and toned. The incision is then closed with small sutures used for healing. The whole process takes under two hours.
What results can I expect?
After the surgery, there will most likely be swelling and bruising due to the tissues filling with fluid, but this is no cause for alarm. Once the swelling subsides, you will be able to see an immediate improvement around your eyes. The effects of the tighter and brighter skin will look natural and you will always look more alert, vibrant, and youthful for years to come.
What is the recovery process like after an eyelid surgery?
As it is a surgery, blepharoplasty will require a bit of recovery time but not extensive. You are allowed to return home within the same day, but you must be sure to have transportation to and from the site.
Some people report that there is swelling and bruising which can be diminished with ice packs and sleeping with your head elevated. You should also avoid any activity that will increase blood flow or dry out your eyes. Patients are typically able to return to work in as little as one week.
When are the stitches removed?
The stitches will be removed by trained medical staff about 6 days after the surgery. Women are allowed to wear makeup after this time.
What are the risks of eyelid surgery?
As with any surgery, there are possible side effects and risks. The minor risks include blurry vision after the first few days, small white pimples around the eyes, swelling, and tenderness. Any discomfort due to these side effects can be resolved with pain medications that are either over-the-counter or prescribed.
Other more serious complications include permanent asymmetry and difficulty shutting eyes or keeping them shut. It is important that you trust your surgeon and discuss any of these issues so that you can fully understand the risks going into the surgery.
Is there any scarring from eyelid surgery?
There is very minimal scarring with eyelid surgery. The skin around the eyes is some of the thinnest throughout the body and will heal well. Also, the incisions will most likely be made in the creases of your eyes, so it will likely be unnoticeable within the folds.
How long do the results of blepharoplasty last?
In most cases, the results of eyelid surgery are long lasting, resulting in bright and vibrant eyes for up to 10 years.
However, as with any area of the body, you can expect gravity and age to gradually affect results over time.
Does insurance cover the cost of blepharoplasty?
Insurance does not normally cover the cost of blepharoplasty because it is typically deemed as a cosmetic procedure. However, if the excess skin around your eye is somehow obstructing your ability to see properly, then insurance may cover some or all of the cost.
First, talk to your insurance provider to see what coverage you might be entitled to. Then you can even schedule an appointment with an eye physician to perform visual field testing to see if your sagging skin justifies needing blepharoplasty to correct vision problems.