An eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure that helps improve the appearance of the eyes. An eyelid lift can focus on upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. The procedure can alleviate functional problems, such as sagging skin affecting your vision, as well as aesthetic concerns.
You may be a good candidate for eyelid surgery if you have:
- Excess skin obscuring the natural fold of the upper eyelids.
- Loose skin hanging down from the upper eyelids, perhaps impairing vision.
- A puffy appearance to the upper eyelids, making the eyes look tired.
- Excess skin, fine lines, and wrinkles of the lower eyelids.
- Bags and dark circles under the eyes, often with a depression along the bony border of the lower eyelids.
- Droopiness of the lower eyelids, showing white below the iris (colored portion of the eye).
In some cases, Dr. Craig may recommend a blepharoplasty in additional to another procedure. For example, if your eyelids are accompanied by sagging of the eyebrows, then a forehead lift may be recommended. Smoothing of crow’s feet may require chemical peeling or laser resurfacing procedures. Circles beneath the eyes caused by dark pigmentation may be treated with a chemical peel as well. Dr. Craig can help outline all of your options during your consultation.
During an upper eyelid procedure, an incision is generally hidden within the natural fold of the upper eyelid, extending slightly beyond the outside corner and into the laugh lines or other existing creases. Through this incision, excess skin and fatty tissue are removed.
During a lower eyelid procedure, an incision is often hidden just below the lower lashes. Through this incision, excess skin, muscle and fat are removed, or fat may be redistributed to eliminate puffiness or bulges. Other adjustments to correct special problems such as muscle laxity may be performed.
In some cases, you and Dr. Craig may decide that the best approach for removing excess fat is through an incision placed inside the lower eyelid. This technique requires no external incision, but it cannot be used to remove excess skin. A laser may sometimes be used in conjunction with this method to tighten the lower eyelid skin. Dr. Craig will often encourage patients to undergo chemical peels or a transforming skin treatment such as Obagi® as skin care in addition to the surgical procedure.
It is important to realize that the amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals. Initially, you may feel a “tight” sensation around the eyes and some mild discomfort that can be alleviated with medication. During the first 48 hours following surgery, patients experience varying degrees of swelling and bruising. Some patients find that mild swelling persist for several weeks, while others may see swelling resolve in as little as one week. Bruising typically disappears within seven to ten days. Stitches are usually removed within a week of surgery.
Your vision may continue to be somewhat blurry for a few days or more. Your eyes may be temporarily sensitive to light, and you may experience excess tearing or dryness. Dr. Craig recommends natural saline tears to help relieve any burning, itching or dryness. You may want to wear dark sunglasses for a couple of weeks to protect your eyes from wind and sun irritation.
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