What Are the Benefits of Eyelid Lift Surgery?
Excess fat and skin in the upper eyelid can cause a saggy, tired, or sad appearance. Excess fat around the eyes can also make your eyes seem puffy, which can be unflattering. Eyelid lift surgery will remove the excess skin and fat to restore a more vibrant facial look.
Drooping or laxity of the lower eyelid makes the white portion (sclera) of the bottom of the eye visible and produces a tired appearance. Tightening the lower eyelid area will correct the droopiness of the eyelid. When the excess fat is removed and tightened, the eye is opened up and becomes a more attractive feature that stands out on your face.
What Are the Eyelid Lift Surgery Techniques?
Upper Eyelid Lift
In this technique, an incision is made within the crease on the eyelid. An upper eyelid lift can help improve vision loss and the appearance of the eyelid due to the natural aging process by removing excess fat deposits and skin. In turn, this will tighten the surrounding skin and facial muscles. This technique can broaden the eye by restoring its roundness and removing the look of a heavy eyelid, which can give off an aged appearance.
Lower Eyelid Lift
In a lower eyelid lift, the incision is made right below the lower lash line where most of the effects of tired, aged eyes appear. This technique will correct the appearance of bags under the eyes, remove wrinkles in the skin, and brighten the overall complexion of the face.
Double Eyelid Surgery
Double eyelid lift surgery creates a crease in the upper eyelid to make the appearance of the eye a strong, broad facial feature. This procedure is also called Asian blepharoplasty.
Concerns About Eyelid Lift Surgery
Directly after your procedure, lubricating ointment or a cold cloth may be applied to the incision areas, and in some cases, a light gauze material will be wrapped over your eyes to protect from outside factors that can interfere with the healing process. You may experience swelling and bruising that can persist for a couple of weeks. You may also feel mild itchiness, dryness, and discomfort in your eyes that can be minimized with ointment cream or medication.
Scarring will depend on the techniques used during your surgery. A lower eyelid lift that makes an incision right below the lower lash line could result in a minor scar that will fade over time and with proper care.
If the procedure is removing excess skin directly from the lower eyelid, then a scar is not usually visible.
The average cost of cosmetic eyelid surgery is $3,163 according to 2018 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This price may vary due to factors such as the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia fees, techniques that were used, and hospital fees. Your surgeon will provide you with an accurate estimate during your consultation.
Financing options are also available.
Most patients experience minor to moderate pain and swelling following this procedure. You may experience bruising or swelling of the eye area for a few days. If pain and discomfort persist, it can be managed with prescription medication provided by your surgeon.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for eyelid lift surgery?
If you are bothered by loose, sagging skin around your eyelids that creates unwanted folds and puffiness, you may be the right candidate for eyelid lift surgery.
How should I prepare for eyelid lift surgery?
In preparation for your eyelid lift surgery, you should have a medical evaluation, refrain from smoking, and avoid taking anti-inflammatory drugs, which can increase bruising and bleeding.
What are the risks of eyelid lift surgery?
As with any plastic surgery procedures, risks and complications are a possibility.
Some risks of eyelid lift surgery include:
- Swelling and bruising
- Dryness to the eyes
- Bleeding from the incision lines
- Minor scarring
How long will my eyelid lift results last?
The results of an eyelid lift will be long lasting but cannot halt the natural aging process. You can prolong the results of your eyelid lift by taking care of your skin and protecting your skin from the sun.
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