Upper eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, isn’t just a cosmetic procedure. It can help people who are suffering from restricted peripheral vision. In most case, it’s just done to make you look younger.
An eye lift isn’t always the solution for sagging eyelids. Sometimes the problem isn’t the eyelids themselves, but the skin above them. As you age, the skin on your forehead gradually sags downward and a little to the center, forcing its way into the space of the upper eyelids. In these cases, you need an endoscopic brow lift to correct the problem. Only an experienced facial plastic surgeon can tell you if this is the case.
In a regular eye lift, the surgeon makes a cut along the natural fold of the upper eyelid, then removes excess skin, fat and muscle. This is all done under general anesthesia, for obvious reasons. If you want to undergo an eye lift, you should be in fairly good health and have no medical conditions such as blurry vision, dry eye, double vision, diabetes or thyroid problems.
As a general rule, before any plastic surgery you should stop smoking, because smoking slows the healing process. Don’t take aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs just before the surgery. Tell your surgeon beforehand about any other medications you are taking, and follow his or her advice on taking them before surgery.
On average, most patients are back to normal in two weeks, with just a little bruising visible. If you rest, keep your head elevated, take your medication and use cold packs, you should heal faster. Keep the sun out of your eyes — if you must go outside on sunny days, wear sunglasses. Your surgeon will have more advice. Eye lifts are often performed alongside other procedures with similar aims, such as lower lid surgery, a brow lift, filler injections, laser skin resurfacing or BOTOX. In this case, you may need more recovery time.
There are potential complications from upper eyelid blepharoplasty. These include an asymmetrical appearance, hematoma, scarring, eye irritation, double vision and, in extreme cases, damage to the eyes themselves. In order to reduce the risk of these, choose the most experienced surgeon you can find in your area.
Dr. Sean Freeman is Charlotte’s most experienced facial plastic surgeon. He has practiced only facial plastic surgery since 1988, and can do everything from port wine stain treatment to laser tattoo removal. He runs a state-of-the-art facility and has made a YouTube video that explains the procedure and shows several before and after photos of his eye lift patients. If you are interested in an eye lift surgery, make an appointment or request an online consultation today.