Frequently Asked Questions about Eyelid Lift Surgery

Dr. Ali Answers Patients’ Eyelid Lift Surgery FAQs

Eyelid lift surgery – medically called blepharoplasty – involves tightening and upper and sometimes lower eyelid skin. Eyelid lift surgery can be done for purely aesthetic reasons, to restore a more attractive and youthful appearance to the eyes. Or blepharoplasty can be medically indicated to improve vision, if sagging upper eyelids obstruct the ability to see.

Eyelid lift surgery on the upper eyelids can prevent drooping skin that covers the eyes, makes a person look old and tired, and obstructs vision. Blepharoplasty surgery on the lower eyelid is generally performed to reduce puffiness and remove undereye “bags”.

Whether performed to improve one’s vision or for purely cosmetic purposes, eyelid lift surgery refreshes the appearance, helping patients look considerably younger and more well-rested than before their procedure.

In this article Troy, MI area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali answers patients most frequently asked questions about eyelid lift surgery.

#1. What is eyelid lift surgery?

Eyelid lift surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, involves removing excess skin and fat – and tightening muscles if necessary – on the upper and/or lower eyelids to create a more youthful and rejuvenated look.

#2. Who is a good candidate for eyelid lift surgery?

Good candidates for eyelid lift surgery are individuals who have sagging or drooping eyelids, excess skin that impairs vision, puffiness or bags under the eyes, or a tired and aged appearance. Candidates should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations for the outcome of the surgery. As with any surgery, patients should not be smokers, as smoking can interfere with healing and recovery.

#3. How is eyelid lift surgery performed?

Eyelid lift surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia with sedation – however it can also be performed using general anesthesia. Dr. Ali makes incisions along the natural creases of the eyelids to minimize and conceal any scarring.

Excess skin, fat, and muscle are then removed or repositioned, and the incisions are closed with tiny sutures or surgical adhesive.

#4. Is eyelid lift surgery painful?

During the procedure, local anesthetic (numbing) with sedation (relaxation medication) is administered to ensure you are comfortable and free from pain. Because the incisions are extremely small, after the surgery, patients may experience some slight discomfort, as well as swelling, and bruising. However, this discomfort can typically be managed with over the counter or prescription pain medication, as well as cold compresses.

#5. What is the recovery process like after eyelid lift surgery?

As with any surgery, the recovery period for eyelid lift surgery varies from patient to patient. Most individuals can expect swelling and bruising to subside within one to two weeks. It is also somewhat common to experience temporary dryness, itching, and sensitivity in the treated area.

Patients should follow post-operative care instructions provided by Dr. Ali, which may include the use of eye drops, keep the head elevated during sleep, and avoiding strenuous activities.

#6. Are there any risks or complications associated with eyelid lift surgery?

As with any surgical procedure, there are always some risks involved. However, in the hands of a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon the risks are minimal. Troy, MI area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has performed several hundred eyelid lift surgeries without complication. Potential risks and complications of eyelid lift are the same as any surgery, including infection, bleeding, scarring, dry eyes, temporary or permanent changes in eyelid sensation, and asymmetry. However, when performed by a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Ali, the risks are typically minimal.

#7. Will eyelid lift surgery completely eliminate under-eye bags?

Eyelid lift surgery will significantly improve the appearance of under-eye bags or puffiness, but in some patients, it may not completely eliminate them. The patient’s age, skin condition, genetics, lifestyle, and extend of bags and puffiness play an important role in the final results of eyelid lift surgery.

In some cases, additional treatments like filler injections or laser resurfacing at AMAE Med Spa in the Troy, MI area can be recommended to further address these concerns.

#8. How long do the results of eyelid lift surgery last?

Eyelid lift surgery produces extremely long-lasting results. While the natural aging process continues, most patients enjoy the benefits of the surgery for many years. Again, factors such as genetics, lifestyle choices (smoking, stress, sleep, diet), and overall skin health will influence the longevity of the results.

#9. When can I resume normal activities after eyelid lift surgery?

Patients can usually return to work and regular daily activities within a week after eyelid lift surgery, once swelling and bruising have subsided. Strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and contact sports should be avoided for several weeks to ensure proper healing.

#10. Will insurance cover the cost of eyelid lift surgery?

Unfortunately, in most cases, eyelid lift surgery is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance. However, if the procedure is performed to correct vision impairment caused by excess upper eyelid skin, insurance coverage may be possible in some cases. It is recommended to consult directly with your insurance provider to determine the extent of coverage, if any.

Eyelid Lift Surgery | Troy, MI Area

While these are general answers to frequently asked questions, it is important to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon like Troy, MI area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali. He has performed several hundred eyelid lift surgeries and can provide personalized advice and information regarding an eyelid lift or other cosmetic procedures for your unique, specific situation.

If you live in the greater Troy, 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!

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