Preparing for an eye lift
Before you get an eye lift, you should get a medical evaluation to make sure it’s a good idea. If you suffer from dry eye, blurry vision, double vision, diabetes or thyroid problems, you shouldn’t undergo an eye lift. You may also be asked to take some medications. If you already take medications, you should make sure your facial plastic surgeon knows about them. Be sure to follow his or her advice on whether or not to take them before surgery. Stop smoking for at least two weeks before the surgery— smoking contracts the blood vessels, which slows the healing process.
Before surgery, go through your house and place everything you need on a regular basis within easy reach. Do all your household chores. If you have children or pets, arrange for them to be looked after for a few days. Buy some frozen meals, or prepare some meals and put them away to heat up later — but also stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables. Have some music or books on tape hand, so you’ll have something to entertain yourself while resting your eyes. Have some dark glasses handy. And, of course, you’ll need someone to drive you home after the surgery.
The eye lift and recovery
Different surgeons take different approaches to do an eye lift. Many perform it under local anesthesia. The surgeon must make a very precise judgment about how much skin and muscle to take away — as much as you want to look younger, your eyelid has to be able to completely cover your eyes when this is over. The sutures are thinner than eyelashes.
You can expect to see some bruising and swelling for several days after eye lift surgery. There may also be some dryness and itchiness, which also goes go away after a little while. The stitches should dissolve or be taken out in about five days. Try not to read anything or watch TV for the first week after surgery, and get plenty of sleep.
Charlotte’s most experienced facial plastic surgeon
The first step in the process of getting an eye lift is to talk with an expert. Dr. Sean Freeman is Charlotte’s best facial plastic surgeon. He has practiced only facial plastic surgery since 1988, including procedures on the eyelids. He’s been certified by two different surgery boards, the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 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’re interested in an eye lift, make an appointment or request an online consultation today.
Contact Dr. Sean Freeman at Only Faces, Charlotte’s most experienced rhinoplasty surgeon and top facial plastic surgeon, to schedule a consultation to find out what procedure is right for you. Call today.