Eyelid Lift Surgery 101
Eyelid lift surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure performed to improve the appearance of the eyelids by removing excess skin, fat, and muscle. The surgery can be performed the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both depending on the individual’s needs and goals.
Upper eyelid lift surgery can remedy drooping skin that hangs over the eyes, making a man or woman look old and tired, and interfering with vision. Lower eyelid surgery is performed to reduce puffiness and remove undereye “bags”. Whether performed to improve vision or for purely aesthetic reasons, eyelid lift surgery refreshes the appearance, so that patients look much younger and more well-rested than before.
In this article West Bloomfield area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali explains what patients need to know when considering eyelid lift surgery.
Eyelid Lift Consultation
West Bloomfield area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has performed several hundred eyelid lift surgeries and can will provide personalized advice and information regarding an eyelid lift or other cosmetic procedures for your unique, specific situation.
During your eyelid lift consultation Dr. Ali will evaluate your medical history, perform a thorough examination of the eyes and eyelids, and discuss the desired outcomes. He will take into consideration factors such as skin elasticity, underlying muscle tone, and the presence of any medical conditions, or lifestyle issues that may affect healing.
Eyelid Lift Techniques
There are different types and techniques of eyelid lift surgery.
Upper eyelid lift surgery focuses on addressing sagging or drooping upper eyelids. Dr. Ali begins by making incisions along the natural creases of the eyelids, allowing for discreet scars. The excess skin is carefully trimmed, and underlying muscles and fat may be adjusted or repositioned to create a more rejuvenated and youthful appearance. The incisions are then closed with tiny stitches (sutures) or surgical adhesive.
Lower eyelid lift surgery is performed to address puffiness, bags, or excess skin under the eyes. Dr. Ali makes incisions either just below the lower lash line or inside the lower eyelid (transconjunctival approach). Through these incisions, excess fat, and sometimes a small amount of skin, are removed or repositioned to eliminate the appearance of under-eye bags. The incisions are closed with sutures or surgical adhesive.
Combined upper and lower eyelid lift surgery may be required by some patients to achieve the desired results. Dr. Ali will customize the approach and techniques to meet the specific needs of the patient.
Eyelid Lift Surgery Anesthetic
Eyelid lift surgery is typically performed using local anesthetic (numbing) with sedation (relaxation medication) to ensure patients are comfortable and free from pain. In some cases, at the patient’s request, general anesthetic (“going to sleep”) may be considered.
Because the incisions are extremely small, after the surgery, patients typically only experience some slight discomfort, as well as swelling, and bruising afterwards. However, this discomfort can typically be managed with over the counter or prescription pain medication, as well as cold compresses.
Benefits of Eyelid Lift Surgery
Eyelid lift surgery offers both medical and cosmetic benefits. Medically, it can improve vision in cases where excess upper eyelid skin obstructs the field of vision. By removing the excess skin and correcting drooping eyelids, the surgery can restore a more open and refreshed appearance to the eyes, making the patient look more awake and alert.
Cosmetically, eyelid lift surgery can address concerns such as sagging skin, puffiness, bags, and wrinkles, giving the eyes a more youthful and rejuvenated look. It can also enhance symmetry between the eyes and improve overall facial harmony.
Good Candidates for Eyelid Lift Surgery
Good candidates for eyelid lift surgery are individuals who have one or more of the following concerns:
- Excess skin that impairs vision or gives a tired appearance.
- Sagging or drooping eyelids.
- Puffiness or bags under the eyes.
- Wrinkles and fine lines in the eyelid area.
- Overall dissatisfaction with the appearance of the eyelids.
Eyelid lift surgery patients should be in good general health and be non-smokers. They must also be able to abstain from strenuous activity at work or during athletics for at least two or three weeks.
Dr. Ali has performed eyelid lift surgery on hundreds of women and men. In fact, many men turn to eyelift surgery earlier than women, because they can’t conceal aging eyes with makeup, like women do. Because eyelid lift surgery is a routine and minimally invasive procedure, it is also considered safe for patients of any age – even older patients – as long as they are in good health.
Eyelid Lift Scarring
One of the concerns many individuals have regarding eyelid lift surgery is the visibility of scars. However, a skilled and experienced surgeon like Dr. Ali will be able to place incisions in inconspicuous locations, such as within the natural creases of the eyelids or along the lash line. This helps to camouflage any resulting scars.
The skin on the eyes heals remarkably well, and over time the scars tend to fade and become less noticeable. Proper post-operative care, including keeping the incision sites clean and protected from excessive sun exposure, can contribute to optimal scar healing.
Eyelid Lift Recovery
Recovery after eyelid lift surgery involves a healing process that will vary from person depending on age, health, lifestyle, rest, and postoperative care. Generally, initial recovery takes about 7 to 10 days, during which swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort are common. Patients are advised to rest, keep their head elevated, and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. Eye drops or ointments may be prescribed to keep the eyes lubricated and promote healing.
During the first week, it is normal to experience some tightness and sensitivity in the eyelid area. Stitches, if used, are usually removed within 3 to 5 days after the procedure. Most individuals are able to resume their normal daily activities, excluding strenuous exercise, within a week. However, it is important to note that the full recovery timeline can vary, and some residual swelling or bruising may persist for a few weeks.
It is crucial to follow the post-operative instructions provided by the surgeon to optimize healing and achieve the best possible results. These instructions may include avoiding certain activities, such as heavy lifting or bending over, and adhering to a gentle skincare routine.
Eyelid Lift Surgery | West Bloomfield, MI
In the hands of highly skilled and experienced West Bloomfield area plastic surgeon Dr. Ali, eyelid lift surgery can deliver impressive anti-aging and aesthetic results – enhancing the appearance of the eyelids and rejuvenating the eye area.
Our patients are universally pleased with the results of eyelid lift surgery – enjoying long-lasting results that enhance their overall facial aesthetics and restore a more youthful look. In fact, many patients express that they wish they hadn’t waited so long to get eyelid lift – since the results are so amazing.
If you live in the greater West Bloomfield, MI area and would like younger, more rested, and attractive eyes, schedule a consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali today and see if eyelid lift surgery is right for you!