Drooping is not good – not for flowers, or asparagus, or shoulders. And as you age, droopy eyelids can be especially telling, making you look older and even impairing your vision. Eyelid surgery, also known as an Eye Lift, or, technically, a blepharoplasty, is one of the most popular anti-aging cosmetic procedures. It is performed to correct eyelid droopiness and the puffiness under your eyes that can make you look tired all the time. (A blepharoplasty does not change sagging brows, however. We recommend a brow lift for that).
Here are 6 things to consider if you have been thinking about an eye lift:
- With upper eyelid surgery, the surgeon marks the natural folds, lines and creases of your lids; this keeps the scars as invisible as possible. The incision is made, excess fat is removed and any loose muscle and skin are removed. Tiny stitches are used to minimize the visibility of any scaring.
- With lower eyelid surgery, the surgeon makes the incision along your lower lash line and smile creases of your lower lid. Excess fat and skin are removed and the incision is closed with tiny stitches which are self-dissolving and leave no visible scar.
- Under normal conditions, a blepharoplasty takes from one to two hours. You would be able to go home the same day, with someone else driving.
- Immediately following your surgery, tiny sterile bandages are applied. It is not crucial that your eyes be completely covered, but an ointment to prevent dryness may be used. A bit of bruising and swelling is normal. Cold compresses, as well as keeping your head elevated, will promote healing, and relieve any
- For about ten days following your surgery, your eyes may feel dry, itchy and sticky. Eyedrops may be recommended and your surgeon will give you a list activities and environments to avoid for a few weeks. Any permanent stitches will be removed three to five days after surgery; self-absorbing stitches will dissolve on their own. Your eyelids will heal quickly and scars are usually inconspicuous.
- The risks are minimal but may include poor healing, persistent fat or loose skin and muscle, dry eyes, and very rarely, visual changes or loss.
Call our offices to book a consultation appointment with one of our highly skilled, board-certified plastic surgeons to discuss this popular, age-defying cosmetic procedure: (508) 334-5990.