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If you have sagging upper eyelids or bags under your eyes, you may be frequently told, “You look tired!” If so, an eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) may be the answer for you. Dr. Beale has extensive experience with both upper and lower blepharoplasty. He can restore your eyes to a refreshed and well-rested appearance without causing the eyelid skin to look unnaturally tight or constantly surprised. It is a popular surgery with both men and women.
Besides tighter eyelids, some wrinkles around the eyes such as crow’s feet can often be reduced during eyelid surgery. Some patients have an overhanging upper eyelid only and, therefore, only require upper blepharoplasty, while others only need puffiness removed from the lower lids. If your lower eyelids are sagging, possibly exposing the underside of the lid, this condition can also be corrected.
If you need both upper and lower eyelid surgery, they can usually be performed simultaneously. Blepharoplasty does not address drooping eyebrows or forehead wrinkles, though. For those issues, a brow lift is recommended. Some patients opt to have both a brow lift and blepharoplasty at the same time. If this interests you, we can discuss that possibility during your consultation.
Still other patients decide to have a face lift/neck lift at the same time as eyelid surgery in order to address signs of aging on both the upper and lower portions of the face. In the latter case, an overnight hospital stay is required.
Dr. Beale will examine you during your consultation and ask you a number of questions about what you dislike about the look of your eyelids. He will then discuss the different options with you in detail so that you know what to expect from your surgery. He approaches every patient as an individual and creates a surgical plan that is customized to your needs, goals, and anatomy.
The Eyelid Lift Procedure
Both upper and lower eyelid lifts can usually be done using a local anesthetic and sedation. In some cases, however, general anesthesia may be preferable for a lower eyelid lift. Both types of surgery or combined upper and lower eyelid lifts are outpatient procedures, which means that you can go home a few hours after the procedure, as long as someone drives you home.
For an upper eyelid lift, the incisions are made within the eyelid creases so that the scars will not be seen. The excess skin and fat are then removed so that the eyelids are tighter and more youthful.
For a lower eyelid lift, the incision is either made under the lower lashes or on the underside of the eyelid (transconjunctival lower blepharoplasty). Either way, the scars will not be seen. Again, excess fat is removed to reduce the appearance of puffiness, and skin is redraped for a smoother look.
Recovery from an Eyelid Lift
Sutures in eyelid surgery are often absorbable, but some stitches may need to be removed in five to six days. You will wear a cool eye mask to help with swelling, and we will give you eye drops to keep your eyes moist and comfortable. We will also provide you with detailed post-operative instructions.
Most patients can resume normal activity within a few days, with a return to strenuous activity within two to three weeks. Most swelling and bruising resolve during the first week, but a small amount of swelling in the lower eyelid may remain for a longer period of time. Eye makeup can usually be worn within seven to ten days.
You will see Dr. Beale for follow-up examinations to make sure you are healing well and that you are happy with your results. While the aging process cannot be stopped, the results of your eyelid lift should last for many years.
Call us for an appointment to discuss how an eyelid lift can help your eyes look younger and well-rested.