Eyelid Lift – Blepharoplasty
Our eyes serve crucial functions as sensory organs and for communication with others. Their appearance is extremely important and often a key physical attribute. The skin and shape of the eyelids also gives an indication of a person’s age. Eyelids may start to droop and sag as the supporting tissues deteriorate, and this may be caused by several factors such as natural aging, sun damage, smoking, and obesity. The area around the eyes is often one of the first to exhibit signs of deterioration, as the skin of the eyelid is extremely thin and any changes are quickly evident. Eyelids that droop or bulge can cause people to appear much older or fatigued than they actually are.
Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery or eye lift, is a surgical procedure that improves the appearance of the upper and lower eyelids by tightening muscles and tissue or removing excess fat and skin. This procedure can be beneficial to both men and women alike and results in a younger, more refreshed look and rejuvenating a person’s appearance.
Blepharoplasty is now the most popular facial plastic surgery procedure after rhinoplasty. The popularity of this procedure reflects the importance of the eyes in perfecting overall appearance. In fact, two-thirds of adults consider the eyes to be the defining feature of the face. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your eyes, you may want to consider blepharoplasty to improve your look and boost your confidence through a safe procedure with minimal downtime.
Candidates for Blepharoplasty
The best candidates for blepharoplasty are individuals who are in good overall health and who do not smoke or have any serious eye conditions. If you have loose, sagging skin or puffy bags around your eyes, this procedure can help reduce these unwanted physical attributes and leave the eyes looking young and fresh.
It is important for patients to have realistic expectations before undergoing surgery in order to be satisfied with their results. While this procedure can enhance your appearance and may improve self-confidence as a result, it cannot alter your entire appearance or change the structure of your face.
The blepharoplasty procedure is performed under local anesthesia with sedation. General anesthesia may be used for anxious or nervous patients. Patients may choose to have this procedure on their upper or lower eyelids, or both. Depending on these choices, the procedure can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour.
If the upper eyelid is being treated, an incision is made along the natural crease of the eyelid. Once the incision is made, Dr. Hutchinson may reposition fat deposits, tighten muscles and tissue or remove excess skin in order to leave the eyes looking younger and refreshed. For the lower eyelid, a scarless procedure involves operating from within the inside of the lower lid, or an external incision can be made just below the lash line in order for excess skin to be removed. The eyelid skin may also be tightened with a resurfacing procedure such as a chemical peel or laser treatment, which creates smoother skin with fewer wrinkles
After the procedure is performed, the incisions are closed with sutures and usually wrapped in gauze to allow the area to heal.
Recovery from Blepharoplasty
After the blepharoplasty procedure, Dr. Hutchinson may recommend applying lubricating ointment and cold compresses to aid the healing process and minimize side effects such as swelling, bruising, irritation or dry eyes.
Patients can usually return to work within two or three days, but should avoid exercise and strenuous activities for at least two weeks. Swelling and bruising usually subside within two weeks after surgery. Dr. Hutchinson will give you specific instructions on how to care for your eyes are surgery.
Results of Blepharoplasty
Results of a blepharoplasty procedure are visible as swelling and bruising subside and will continue to improve for up to several weeks after surgery. This procedure is designed to produce long-lasting results. While surgery cannot prevent your eyes from aging, most patients are extremely satisfied with their results and notice a significant improvement in their appearance.
The scars from the blepharoplasty procedure are usually imperceptible and will fade with time until they are virtually unnoticeable. The incision is hidden in the crease of the eyelid in an upper blepharoplasty, and either within the inside of the eyelid or just below the lashes in a lower blepharoplasty.
Risks of Blepharoplasty
As with any surgical procedure, there are certain risks associated with this procedure. Although rare, these risks include bleeding, infection, dry eyes, eyelid malposition and an inability to fully close the eyes. Many of these risks can be minimized by choosing an experienced surgeon and following proper care instructions after surgery. You can discuss these risks, along with any other concerns you may have, with Dr. Hutchinson to reduce anxiety and worries about your surgery.